Hey. I would like to know how to access Instagram in China. Some of my colleagues are from US and UK. They find interesting videos and photos on Instagram all the time. I want to join them, but I found that I am not able to load Instagram. Why can’t I use it while my colleagues can?
Brief Information of Instagram
Instagram is an Internet-based photo-sharing application and service. You can use it to post photos and videos on mobile and desktop. You can keep your photos and videos as private content online. You also can share them with your friends or strangers on Instagram. People can watch amazing videos shot by ordinary people even though they don’t know each other. It is a good way to learn people lives in different places. However, it is difficult for users in China to have such experience. Instagram is blocked for the same reasons most other western social networks are censored in China. Facebook was blocked by the Great Firewall of China long ago. Later, Instagram was owned by Facebook. Hence, China has a reason to block Instagram officially. On one hand, they think Instagram has bad influence on its people. On the other hand, they are trying to create a vacuum to be filled by a homegrown Chinese competitor. After banning Instagram, they create similar apps to replace it.
How to Access Instagram in China?
However, they are not Instagram though they are similar. Some Chinese users or visitors who come to China used Instagram before in other countries. They found it was totally different from them and preferred Instagram. How can they access Instagram in China? Most of them use VPN to bypass the censorship and over the Operation Golden Shield.
VPN stands for virtual private network. It creates secure and private tunnel for users. The VPN servers provide various IPs for your need. You can select local server where Instagram is available when connecting to Android or Windows VPN. It makes your Internet use look like it’s outside China. The government and ISP do not know who you really are and where you are located. The firewall only can see the IP you get from the VPN server. It is not able to detect your China-based IP and will not stop you from accessing Instagram. Continue Reading