Just an update in case anyone comes across this looking for access in China. Since the Hong Kong democracy protests in fall of 2014, access to Evernote has been blocked by the CCP. Protestors were using public notes to get information past the Chinese Internet censors, so it got shut down.
The workaround solution is fine, for the time being, but I would also love to see a distraction-free environment, like FocusWriter. It should be simple enough to turn it on with one click, and would increase the utility of Evernote threefold for my purposes.