As of Sept. 18, 2019, the Ch government is blocking access to many VPNs as part of a larger crackdown on Internet freedom. 

The Ch government works hard to control its citizens’ access to the Internet. The Great Firewall employs a vast system of technical tools, including DNS filtering, URL filtering, and deep packet inspection, that the Ch government uses to prevent people in Ch from accessing foreign websites. The government also uses these tools to detect and block VPN servers. 

Tor is the most effective way for people in Ch to access blocked content. To bypass the Great Firewall, you will need to use a Tor bridge, or a special unlisted Tor server. Because they are unknown, the Ch government cannot block their IP address. To evade deep pack inspection, Tor has created pluggable transports that mask Tor traffic, making it look like standard Internet traffic. 

The Tor Project has a Tor bridge guide to help you set up a secure Tor connection.

Step 1 Download Tor Browser

Step 2 Get bridges

Step 3 Now add the bridges to Tor Browser

What are bridges?

Bridges are Tor relays that help you circumvent censorship.

I need an alternative way of getting bridges!

Another way to get bridges is to send an email to Leave the email subject empty and write “get transport obfs4” in the email’s message body. Please note that you must send the email using an address from one of the following email providers: Riseup or Gmail.

My bridges don’t work! I need help!

If your Tor Browser cannot connect, please take a look at the Tor Browser Manual and our Support Portal.