Websites blocked in China

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More than 2,700 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 Shimbun, Sponichi, and Nikkei Business Publications.

Also note that many of the sites listed may be occasionally or even regularly available, depending on the access location or current events. For these reasons, using proxy utilities such as greatfire.org or blockedinchina.net are not extremely reliable sources (i.e. going to China and checking by yourself) for information when checking the Table of high-ranking websites blocked in mainland China below, but should only be considered as a reference. Many political websites in other countries are also blocked by mainland China.

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

Alexa Rank Website Domain URL Category Primary language Duration of blockage
1 Gmail google.com gmail.com Email English 2014, September (or earlier) to present[2]
1 Google google.com google.com Search English 2014, May (or earlier) to present[3]
1 Google Maps google.com maps.google.com Maps English 2014, May (or earlier) to present[4]
1 Google Docs google.com docs.google.com Sharing English 2011, May (or earlier) to present[5]
1 Google Drive google.com drive.google.com Sharing English 2012, May to present[6]
1 Google Encrypted google.com encrypted.google.com Search English 2011, March (or earlier) to present[7]
1 Google APIs google.com *.googleapis.com Search English 2014, September (or earlier) to present[8]
1 Google+ google.com plus.google.com Social English 2011, July to present[9]
1 Google Sites google.com sites.google.com Web Hosting English 2011, March (or earlier) to present[10]
1 Picasa google.com picasaweb.google.com Sharing English 2009, July to present[11]
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[12][13][14][15]
4 Yahoo! Taiwan yahoo.com tw.yahoo.com Portal Chinese 2011, May (or earlier) to 2014, Jan[16]
4 Yahoo! Hong Kong yahoo.com hk.yahoo.com Portal Chinese 2011, March (or earlier) to 2014, Jan[17]
6 Mobile Wikipedia wikipedia.org mobile.wikipedia.org Other English 2011, May (or earlier) to 2012[18]
168907 Culture Unplugged Film Festival cultureunplugged.com festival.cultureunplugged.com Documentary Portal English 2013, January (or earlier) to present
8 Twitter twitter.com twitter.com Social English 2009, June to present[13][19][20]
11 Blogspot blogspot.com blogspot.com Blog English 2009, May to present[13][14][21]
16 Yahoo! Japan yahoo.co.jp yahoo.co.jp Portal Japanese 2012, 15–17 June
20 T.co t.co t.co Other English 2011, May (or earlier) to 2012[22]
21 Google Japan google.co.jp google.co.jp Search Japanese 2012, 15–17 June
22 Bing.com bing.com bing.com Search English 2014, August to present (partially blocked) Automatic redirect to cn.bing.com [23]
25 WordPress wordpress.com wordpress.com Blog English 2011, October to Present [24]
51 XVideos xvideos.com www.xvideos.com Porn English 2011, March (or earlier) to present[25]
52 FC2 fc2.com www.fc2.com Blog Japanese 2011, March (or earlier) to 2012[26]
54 xHamster xhamster.com www.xhamster.com Porn English 2011, March (or earlier) to 2012[27]
71 The Pirate Bay thepiratebay.se thepiratebay.se Sharing English 2012, February (or earlier) to 2012[28]
75 Rakuten Market rakuten.co.jp rakuten.co.jp Shopping Japanese 2012, 15–17 June, September ?? to 19?
94 Amazon Japan amazon.co.jp amazon.co.jp Shopping Japanese 2012, 15–17 June
110 Dropbox dropbox.com www.dropbox.com Sharing English 2014, June (or earlier) to present[29]
112 Vimeo vimeo.com www.vimeo.com Sharing English 2009, October [30] to present
188 SoundCloud soundcloud.com www.soundcloud.com Audio English September 2013 to present[31][32]
219 Nico Video nicovideo.jp nicovideo.jp Sharing Japanese Unknown to Unknown, Unblocked
223 Archive.org archive.org www.archive.org Other English 2011, April (or earlier) to 2012[33]
225 Scribd scribd.com scribd.com Sharing English 2011, February (or earlier) to Unknown, Unblocked[34]
227 isoHunt isohunt.com isohunt.com Sharing English 2012, April to 2012; also previously blocked and unblocked[35]
257 XING xing.com www.xing.com Social German 2011, April (or earlier) to 2012[36]
277 hardsextube hardsextube.com www.hardsextube.com Porn English 2011, April to 2012[37]
282 drtuber drtuber.com www.drtuber.com Porn English 2011, April to 2012[38]
429 Wretch wretch.cc www.wretch.cc Blog Chinese 2007, August to 2012[39]
553 Google Appspot appspot.com appspot.com Web Hosting English Unknown to Unknown, Unblocked
564 Yomiuri News yomiuri.co.jp yomiuri.co.jp Publication Japanese 2012, 15–17 June
610 Ustream.tv ustream.tv www.ustream.tv Sharing English 2011, April (or earlier) to 2012[40]
623 excite (Japan) excite.co.jp excite.co.jp Portal Japanese 2012, 15 June to 17 June, September ?? - 18
633 Sponichi News sponichi.co.jp sponichi.co.jp Publication Japanese 2012, 15–17 June
660 Nikkei BP Japan nikkeibp.co.jp nikkeibp.co.jp Publication Japanese 2012, 15–17 June
713 GeoCities (Japan) geocities.jp geocities.jp Web Hosting Japanese Unknown to Unknown, Unblocked
1321 Technorati technorati.com www.technorati.com Search English 2008, July to 2012[41]
2056 Plurk plurk.com www.plurk.com Social English 2009, April to 2012[42]
2925 Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation nrk.no www.nrk.no News Norwegian 2011, May (or earlier) to 2012[43]
3876 PBworks pbworks.com pbworks.com Sharing English 2011, January to 2012[44]
4480 Sony Japan Sony.co.jp Sony.co.jp Corporation Japanese 2012, 15–17 June
9551 SBS Radio (Chinese language service) radioaustralia.net.au/chinese http://www.sbs.com.au/chinese Media Chinese Unknown to present, November 2013[45]
10278 Boxun boxun.com boxun.com News Chinese 2011, May (or earlier) to present[46]
14358 New Tang Dynasty Television ntdtv.com www.ntdtv.com News Chinese 2012, July (or earlier) to Unknown, Unblocked[47]
20898 Wikileaks wikileaks.org wikileaks.org NGO English 2011, May (or earlier) to 2012[48]
22196 Sony Music Japan sonymusic.co.jp sonymusic.co.jp Record label Japanese 2012, 15–17 June
24693 OpenVPN openvpn.net www.openvpn.net Privacy English 2011, June (or earlier) to 2012[49]
31845 AllMovie allmovie.com www.allmovie.com Other English Unknown to present, November 2013[50]
33553 Strong VPN strongvpn.com www.strongvpn.com Privacy English 2011, June to present (partially blocked)[51]
33623 PureVPN purevpn.com www.purevpn.com Privacy English 2007, December to present [52]
33961 Amnesty International amnesty.org amnesty.org NGO English 2011, May (or earlier) to 2012[53]
45645 Radio Australia (Chinese language service) radioaustralia.net.au/chinese www.radioaustralia.net.au/chinese Media Chinese December 2012 to present, November 2013[54]
63913 UrbanSurvival Blog urbansurvival.com www.urbansurvival.com Blog English 2013, 2 April (or earlier)[55]
71304 Reporters Without Borders rsf.org www.rsf.org NGO English 2011, April (or earlier) to 2012[55]
78873 Falun Dafa falundafa.org www.falundafa.org Spiritual English 2011, February (or earlier) to 2012[56]
1413995 VPN Coupons vpncoupons.com www.vpncoupons.com VPN English 2012, December (or earlier) to 2012[57]
2761652 ElephantVPN elephantvpn.com www.elephantvpn.com VPN English 2013, December (or earlier) to present[58]
1795401 Tibet Post thetibetpost.com thetibetpost.com News English, Chinese, Tibetan 2010, March (or earlier) to 2012[59]
863069 GayBookSTAR gaybookstar.com www.gaybookstar.com Dating English 2012, December (or earlier) to Unknown, Unblocked
21854158 Australia Tibet Council atc.org.au www.atc.org.au NGO English Unknown to present, November 2013[60]
11517858 Viet-Nam California Radio (KALI-FM) radiovncr.com www.radiovncr.com Radio Vietnamese/English Unknown to present, November 2013[61]
21854158 Australia Tibet Council waselpro.com waselpro.com NGO English Unknown to present, September 2014[62]
DuckDuckGo duckduckgo.com duckduckgo.com Search English September 2014 to present
Flickr flickr.com flickr.com Sharing English Unknown to present, October 2014
BBC bbc.c.uk bbc.co.uk News English October 2014 to present

Wikipedia[edit]

Occasionally pages on Wikipedia, particularly the Chinese-language version, have been blocked in the past. Currently, every page on Wikipedia and all related Wikimedia sites, except images, are accessible in mainland China[dubious ] without the need for any type of proxy. Greatfire.org lists Wikipedia pages censored in China.

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[63]
2013-08-09 13:40:36[64]
Beijing[63][64] Failure receiving network data[63][64]
But it's been unblocked as of January 2014
New York[63][64] OK[63][64]
Tablet computer (HTTPS) 2013-08-09 08:02:05[65] Beijing[65] Unknown SSL protocol error in connection to en.wikipedia.org:443[65]
But it's been unblocked as of January 2014
New York[65] OK[65]

See also[edit]

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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.