Green VPN, reported by “some” to be one of the best VPNs for China is shutting down. The reason is Chinese regulators are shutting down the service due to cross-border operations without governmental approval.
Here is what Green VPN has on their website, in Chinese, and English.
“We must regret to inform you that Green will cease to service on July 1, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to you.
Once the service has ceased, we will begin processing the user requests for refunds (based on the remaining number of days of service). For refunds, please be sure to submit your refund information by August 31, 2017, beyond that time will be unacceptable.
Due to the large amount of registration, checking and transfer, the refund can not be promised, but Green will be able to do the final refund service. Please feel patiently waiting for the refund.
Is your every point of praise and affirmation, encourage us to always adhere to today, we always feel grateful. Since then, the Green team will transition and look forward to meeting you again.”
One reason Green VPN is shutting down is that they are based in China, unlike VPNs like TorGuard that still work well in China due to a US based location. Other VPNs like VTRSpeed, which is also based in China, has many issues with IP address blocks.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China plans to regulate VPNs heavily in the future as we see more and more surveillance laws, tools, and operations ongoing. The Chinese government plans to clear out unlicensed business operations and basic telecommunication companies that are carrying out cross border operations.
Many Chinese users need VPNs to access sites like YouTube, or access websites deemed unfit for public exposure from the Government. Every year, more and more websites are blocked without good reasons.