List of websites blocked in China

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Fāng Bīnxīng - "Father of Communist firewall of China"

More than 2600 websites are or were blocked in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) under the country's policy of Internet censorship.[1] This is a list of the most notable such blocked websites. This page does not apply to the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, where most of the Chinese laws do not apply.

According to a recent report from Beijing, a lot of larger Japanese websites were blocked during the afternoon of 15 June 2012 (UTC+08:00) to the morning of 17 June 2012 (UTC+08:00), such as Google Japan, Yahoo! Japan, Amazon Japan, Excite, Yomiuri News, Sponichi News and Nikkei BP Japan.

Also note that many of the sites listed may be occasionally or even regularly available, depending on the access location or current events.

Table of high-ranking websites blocked in mainland China[edit]

Alexa Rank Website Domain URL Category Primary language Duration of blockage
1 Google Docs google.com docs.google.com Sharing English 2011, May (or earlier) to present [2]
1 Google Drive google.com drive.google.com Sharing English 2012, May to present [3]
1 Google Encrypted google.com encrypted.google.com Search English 2011, March to present (or earlier)[4]
1 Google+ google.com plus.google.com Social English 2011, July to present [5]
1 Google Sites google.com sites.google.com Web Hosting English 2011, March (or earlier) to present[6]
1 Picasa google.com picasaweb.google.com Sharing English 2009, July to present[7]
2 Facebook facebook.com www.facebook.com Social English 2008, July to present
3 YouTube youtube.com www.youtube.com Sharing English 2009, March to present[8][9][10][11]
4 Yahoo! Taiwan yahoo.com tw.yahoo.com Portal Chinese 2011, May (or before) to present[12]
4 Yahoo! Hong Kong yahoo.com hk.yahoo.com Portal Chinese 2011, March (or before) to present[13]
6 Mobile Wikipedia wikipedia.org mobile.wikipedia.org Other English 2011, May (or earlier) to 2012[14]
8 Twitter twitter.com twitter.com Social English 2009, June to present[9][15][16]
11 Blogspot blogspot.com blogspot.com Blog English 2009, May to present[9][10][17]
16 Yahoo! Japan yahoo.co.jp yahoo.co.jp Portal Japanese 2012, June 15–17
20 T.co t.co t.co Other English 2011, May (or earlier) to 2012[18]
21 Google Japan google.co.jp google.co.jp Search Japanese 2012, June 15–17
22 Wordpress wordpress.com wordpress.com Blog English 2011, October to 2012[19]
51 XVideos xvideos.com www.xvideos.com Adult English 2011, March (or earlier) to present[20]
52 FC2 fc2.com www.fc2.com Blog Japanese 2011, March (or earlier) to 2012[21]
54 xhamster xhamster.com www.xhamster.com Adult English 2011, March (or earlier) to 2012[22]
71 The Pirate Bay thepiratebay.se thepiratebay.se Sharing English 2012, February (or earlier) to 2012[23]
75 Rakuten Market rakuten.co.jp rakuten.co.jp Shopping Japanese 2012, June 15–17, September ?? to 19?
94 Amazon Japan amazon.co.jp amazon.co.jp Shopping Japanese 2012, June 15–17
110 Dropbox dropbox.com www.dropbox.com Sharing English 2011, December (or earlier) to Unknown Unblocked[24]
112 Vimeo vimeo.com www.vimeo.com Sharing English 2009, October to 2012[25]
188 Soundcloud soundcloud.com www.soundcloud.com Audio English September 2013 to present[26][27]
219 Nico Video nicovideo.jp nicovideo.jp Sharing Japanese Unknown to present
223 Archive.org archive.org www.archive.org Other English 2011, April (or earlier) to 2012[28]
225 Scribd scribd.com scribd.com Sharing English 2011, February (or earlier) to present[29]
227 isoHunt isohunt.com isohunt.com Sharing English 2012, April to 2012; also previously blocked and unblocked[30]
257 XING xing.com www.xing.com Social German 2011, April (or earlier) to 2012[31]
277 hardsextube hardsextube.com www.hardsextube.com Adult English 2011, April to 2012[32]
282 drtuber drtuber.com www.drtuber.com Adult English 2011, April to 2012[33]
429 Wretch wretch.cc www.wretch.cc Blog Chinese 2007, August to 2012[34]
553 Google Appspot appspot.com appspot.com Web Hosting English Unknown to present
564 Yomiuri News yomiuri.co.jp yomiuri.co.jp Publication Japanese 2012, June 15–17
610 Ustream.tv ustream.tv www.ustream.tv Sharing English 2011, April (or earlier) to 2012[35]
623 excite (Japan) excite.co.jp excite.co.jp Portal Japanese 2012, June 15 to June 17, September ?? - 18
633 Sponichi News sponichi.co.jp sponichi.co.jp Publication Japanese 2012, June 15–17
660 Nikkei BP Japan nikkeibp.co.jp nikkeibp.co.jp Publication Japanese 2012, June 15–17
713 GeoCities (Japan) geocities.jp geocities.jp Web Hosting Japanese Unknown to present
1321 Technorati technorati.com www.technorati.com Search English 2008, July to 2012[36]
2056 Plurk plurk.com www.plurk.com Social English 2009, April to 2012[37]
2925 Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation nrk.no www.nrk.no News Norwegian 2011, May (or earlier) to 2012[38]
3876 PBworks pbworks.com pbworks.com Sharing English 2011, January to 2012[39]
4480 Sony Japan Sony.co.jp Sony.co.jp Corporation Japanese 2012, June 15–17
9551 SBS Radio (Chinese language service) radioaustralia.net.au/chinese http://www.sbs.com.au/chinese Media Chinese Unknown to present, November 2013[40]
10278 Boxun boxun.com boxun.com News Chinese 2011, May (or earlier) to present[41]
14358 New Tang Dynasty Television ntdtv.com www.ntdtv.com News Chinese 2012, July (or earlier) to present[42]
20898 Wikileaks wikileaks.org wikileaks.org NGO English 2011, May (or earlier) to 2012[43]
22196 Sony Music Japan sonymusic.co.jp sonymusic.co.jp Record label Japanese 2012, June 15–17
24693 OpenVPN openvpn.net www.openvpn.net Privacy English 2011, June (or earlier) to 2012[44]
31845 AllMovie allmovie.com www.allmovie.com Other English Unknown to present, November 2013[45]
33553 Strong VPN strongvpn.com www.strongvpn.com Privacy English 2011, June to present (partially blocked) [46]
33961 Amnesty International amnesty.org amnesty.org NGO English 2011, May (or earlier) to 2012[47]
45645 Radio Australia (Chinese language service) radioaustralia.net.au/chinese www.radioaustralia.net.au/chinese Media Chinese December 2012 to present, November 2013[48]
63913 UrbanSurvival Blog urbansurvival.com www.urbansurvival.com Blog English 2013, April 2 (or earlier) [49]
71304 Reporters Without Borders rsf.org www.rsf.org NGO English 2011, April (or earlier) to 2012[49]
78873 Falun Dafa falundafa.org www.falundafa.org Spiritual English 2011, February (or earlier) to 2012[50]
1413995 VPN Coupons vpncoupons.com www.vpncoupons.com VPN English 2012, December (or earlier) to 2012[51]
2761652 ElephantVPN elephantvpn.com www.elephantvpn.com VPN English 2013, December (or earlier) to present[52]
1795401 Tibet Post thetibetpost.com thetibetpost.com News English, Chinese, Tibetan 2010, March (or earlier) to 2012[53]
863069 GayBookSTAR gaybookstar.com www.gaybookstar.com Dating English 2012, December (or earlier) to present
21854158 Australia Tibet Council atc.org.au www.atc.org.au NGO English Unknown to present, November 2013[54]
11517858 Viet-Nam California Radio (KALI-FM) radiovncr.com www.radiovncr.com Radio Vietnamese/English Unknown to present, November 2013[55]
Sony Online Entertainment soe.com www.soe.com/home Gaming English approximately March 27, 2012 to present, April 2014[56]

Wikipedia[edit]

All languages of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites have been blocked since August 31, 2007.[57] However, on July 31, 2008, the BBC reported that the Chinese Wikipedia had been unblocked that day in China; it had still been blocked the previous day. This came within the context of foreign journalists arriving in Beijing to report on the upcoming 2008 Summer Olympics.[58] Additionally, as of at least November 1, 2013, English Wikipedia pages are accessible.

Since late July 2009, all images on Wikimedia pages have been removed by certain ISPs in China.[59]

Sample Articles blocked in mainland China[edit]

There is a free tool WebSitePulse for testing websites behind the Great Firewall of China, it could be used for article blocking tests.

Article Date & Time (UTC) CN Location CN Status US Location US Status
Tablet computer (HTTP) 2013-08-09 07:57:47[60]
2013-08-09 13:40:36[61]
Beijing[60][61] Failure receiving network data[60][61]
But it's been unblocked as of January 2014
New York [60][61] OK [60][61]
Tablet computer (HTTPS) 2013-08-09 08:02:05[62] Beijing[62] Unknown SSL protocol error in connection to en.wikipedia.org:443[62]
But it's been unblocked as of January 2014
New York [62] OK [62]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GreatFire.org - Bringing Transparency To The Great Firewall Of China". Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  7. ^ [1], Shanghai Tech Writer
  8. ^ "YouTube blocked in China". HerdictWeb. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  9. ^ a b c Branigan, Tania (2009-06-02). "China blocks Twitter, Flickr and Hotmail ahead of Tiananmen anniversary". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  10. ^ a b "Blocking of Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Blogger deprives Chinese of Web 2.0". Reporters without Borders. 2009-06-02. 
  11. ^ Schwankert, Steven (2007-10-18). "YouTube blocked in China; Flickr, Blogspot restored". IDG News. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  12. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Reports: China blocks Web sites ahead of Tiananmen anniversary". CNN.com. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  16. ^ Wauters, Robin (2009-07-07). "China Blocks Access To Twitter, Facebook After Riots". washingtonspost.com. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  17. ^ Goldkorn, Jeremy (2009-05-15). "Blogger.com blocked, but not the Washington Post". Danwei. 
  18. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  25. ^ [2], Shanghaiist
  26. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  27. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  28. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  29. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  30. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  31. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  32. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  33. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  34. ^ China blocks public access to Taiwan’s blog portal sites, China Post, 5 January 2008.
  35. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  36. ^ Hertz, Adam (2006-04-26). "Access to Technorati from China". Technorati. 
  37. ^ "China Blocks Micro-Messaging Site Plurk. Is Twitter Next?". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  38. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  39. ^ "The dilemma presented by China’s content filtering of my current handouts website", retrieved 2010-07-13.
  40. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  41. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  42. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  43. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  44. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  45. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  46. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  47. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  48. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  49. ^ a b "GreatFire.org". 
  50. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  51. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  52. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  53. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  54. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  55. ^ "GreatFire.org". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  56. ^ April 2014 "SOE Forums". 
  57. ^ Schwankert, Steven (2007-09-06). "Wikipedia Blocked in China Again". IDG News via PCworld. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  58. ^ "China allows access to a bit of Wiki". New Zealand Herald. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  59. ^ Chao, Loretta (2008-07-01). "Facebook Gets Poked in China". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  60. ^ a b c d e "Website Test Results". WebSitePulse. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  61. ^ a b c d e "Website Test Results". WebSitePulse. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  62. ^ a b c d e "Website Test Results". WebSitePulse. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Chinese Firewall Test - Instantly test if a URL is blocked by the Great Firewall of China in real time. Tests for both symptoms of DNS poisoning and HTTP blocking from a number of locations within mainland China.
  • GreatFire.org - Test if any URL is blocked or otherwise restricted in China in real-time. The website uses test locations inside China and provides transparent test results and conclusions on censorship. Also provides a database of blocked URLs going back to February, 2011.
  • Blocked In China - Test if any domain is DNS poisoned in China in real-time. DNS poisoning is one way in which websites can be blocked. Others are IP blocking and keyword filtering.