Simply put, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a way in which you can create a secure, encrypted tunnel between your computer and a computer elsewhere on the Internet.
The reason it’s no doubt relevant to you, dear foreigner in China, is that it allows you to use the Internet as it was intended: unfettered by censorship, secure from data snoopers, and masked from geo-location blocks.
Even if you weren’t in China, a good VPN would be highly recommended, as it adds an additional layer of security to your online adventures.
We will be compiling more information on VPNs for this guide soon, including free services, and how to roll your own. Until then, here are our favourite (paid) VPN services: