How to Go on Facebook & YouTube in China

By Wolfram Donat

According to an article in The New York Times, the government of China is fast gaining a reputation as one of the most oppressive when it comes to censoring Internet usage for its citizens. Sites containing information about the Dalai Lama, for instance, cannot be viewed from Chinese Internet service providers, and popular sites such as Facebook and YouTube have been blocked in the past as well. However, it is possible to access those sites from within Chinese borders, using proxy servers.

Step 1

Open a Web browser. In the address bar, enter "" Alternatively, you can use, or These sites are called proxy servers and act as a sort of middleman between your computer and the sites you visit.

Step 2

Type "" or "" in the URL field on the page. When you request a Web page by typing its address in the URL field of the page, the information is sent to the proxy server, rather than to the actual site. The proxy server then sends the page request, on your behalf, to the requested site.

Step 3

Surf the Web page that your browser displays just as you normally would. The proxy server delivers the requested page to you via its own servers. As a result of this "middleman" behavior, the originating site has no record of your IP address visiting, and your Internet Service Provider sees only traffic between your computer and the proxy server, not to the external site. You can surf privately, reaching sites that may have been blocked by the government.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be aware that censorship organizations are often aware of these proxy servers and monitor traffic to them as well.
  • You may notice a significant loss of connection speed; because the page request is routed through many different stops, surfing can be slow.