I’ve see quite a few posts around encouraging people to get YouTube in china with a proxy. However, I disagree. I think that you’d be better off with a virtual private network. Here’s why.
With a proxy, you generally have to find the exact link you’re looking for, and the copy/paste or type it into the proxy browser. If you’re doing general browsing, it can be annoying to constantly surf through a proxy connection – after all, proxy browser aren’t created for efficiency. I like my Firefox browser! But the thing is that you run into YouTube videos everywhere these days, and when you run into a video you want to watch, you’ve got to go back, find the proxy link, and copy/paste the URL into the proxy browser and restart viewing.
With a VPN, you don’t have this problem. All you’ve got to do is connect to the VPN, and leave it running in the background. This way, you don’t have to think about when you might run into a video you want to see because it will be loaded automatically! However, proxies seem to be more popular than VPNs, and many users refuse to make the change. There are still tons of people looking to get YouTube videos in China with a proxy.