List of websites blocked in mainland China

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Many domain names are blocked in the People's Republic of China (mainland China) under the country's Internet censorship policy, which prevents users from accessing certain websites from within the country.[1]

This is a list of the most notable such blocked websites in the country. This page does not apply to Chinese territories that adhere to the policy of one country, two systems (Hong Kong and Macau).[2]

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

Website Domain URL Category Primary language Duration of blockage Current status
Google google.com www.google.com
drive.google.com
hangouts.google.com
scholar.google.com
Search Multilingual 2010 to present[2] Blocked[3]
YouTube youtube.com www.youtube.com Video Multilingual 2009 to present[4] Blocked[3]
Facebook facebook.com www.facebook.com Social Multilingual 2009, July (or earlier) to present[5][6] Partially blocked (available for tourists in Hainan)[3][needs update]
Wikipedia wikipedia.org wikipedia.org Encyclopedia Multilingual 2019, 3 April to present[7][8][9] Blocked
Reddit reddit.com www.reddit.com Social Multilingual 2018 to present[10] Blocked
Netflix netflix.com www.netflix.com Entertainment Multilingual Unknown to present Blocked[11]
Zoom zoom.us zoom.us Videotelephony English 2019, 9 September to November[12] Unblocked
Blogspot blogspot.com blogspot.com Blog English 2009, May to present[13][14][15] Blocked
Bing bing.com bing.com Search Multilingual 2019, 23 to 24 January[16] Unblocked
Instagram instagram.com www.instagram.com Image Sharing Multilingual 2014, September to present[17] Blocked
WhatsApp whatsapp.com whatsapp.com Messaging Multilingual 2017, September to present Blocked
Twitch twitch.tv twitch.tv Streaming English 2018, 17 September to present Blocked[18]
Messenger messenger.com messenger.com Messaging Multilingual 2011, August to present[5][6] Partially blocked (available for tourists in Hainan)[3][needs update]
Twitter twitter.com twitter.com Social English 2009, June to present[13][19][6] Partially blocked (available for tourists in Hainan)[3][needs update]
LinkedIn linkedin.com linkedin.com Social Multiple 2021, October to present[1][7][8] Blocked
Skype skype.com skype.com Social Multilingual 2017, November to unknown Unblocked
Tumblr tumblr.com tumblr.com Social English 2016, 25 May, to present[20] Blocked
Pinterest pinterest.com pinterest.com Image sharing Multilingual 2017, March to present[21] Blocked
SoundCloud soundcloud.com soundcloud.com Music streaming Multilingual 2013, September to unknown[22] Blocked
Dropbox dropbox.com dropbox.com File sharing Multilingual 2010, May to 2014, February; 2014, June to present[23] Blocked
Pornhub pornhub.com www.pornhub.com Pornography English 2012, May to 2016, April Blocked[24]
WhatsApp whatsapp.com www.whatsapp.com Messaging English 2017, 26 September, to present[25] Blocked
Medium medium.com medium.com News English 2016, 15 April to present[26] Blocked
Dailymotion dailymotion.com dailymotion.com Sharing English 2007, 11 April to present[27] Blocked
BBC bbc.co.uk (or bbc.com) bbc.co.uk (or bbc.com) News and broadcasting English 2014, 15 October to present[28] Blocked
The New York Times nytimes.com nytimes.com Publication English 2012 to present Blocked[29]
Vimeo vimeo.com www.vimeo.com Sharing English 2009, October[30] to present[31] Blocked
The Guardian theguardian.com theguardian.com News English June 2019 to present[32] Blocked
SlideShare slideshare.net slideshare.net English June 2012 to present Blocked[33]
Discord discord.com discord.com Messaging Multilingual 2018, 13 July to present[34] Blocked
DeviantArt deviantart.com www.deviantart.com Art display English 2008, 15 December to present[35] Blocked
The Washington Post washingtonpost.com washingtonpost.com News English June 2019 to present[32] Blocked
Nico Video nicovideo.jp nicovideo.jp Sharing Japanese Unknown to 7 February 2017[36] Unblocked
Archive.org (Internet Archive) archive.org www.archive.org Web archiving English 2011, April (or earlier) to 2012[37] Blocked[38][39]
Bloomberg bloomberg.com bloomberg.com Publication English 2012, July to present[40] Blocked
Flickr flickr.com flickr.com Sharing English 2007, 7 June to present[41] Blocked
Wretch wretch.cc www.wretch.cc Blog Chinese 2007, August to 2012[42] Unblocked (discontinued)
HuffPost huffpost.com huffpost.com News English June 2019 to present[32] Blocked
DuckDuckGo duckduckgo.com duckduckgo.com Search English 2014, September to present[43] Blocked
Scratch scratch.mit.edu scratch.mit.edu Programming, Sharing Multilingual 2020, 14 August to present Blocked[44][45][46]
Reuters reuters.com reuters.com News English 2015, 25 March, to present[47] Blocked
NBC News nbcnews.com www.nbcnews.com News English June 2019 to present[32] Blocked
TIME time.com time.com News English Article about Xi Jinping[48] Blocked
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) cbc.ca www.cbc.ca News and broadcasting English 2014 to present[49] Blocked
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au News and broadcasting English 2018, 22 August to present[50] Blocked
Bandcamp bandcamp.com www.bandcamp.com Music English 2021, February to present[51] Blocked
Technorati technorati.com www.technorati.com Search English 2008, July to 2012[52] Unblocked
Archive of Our Own archiveofourown.org archiveofourown.org Fanfiction Multilingual 2020, March, to present[53] Blocked
Viber viber.com viber.com Messaging Multilingual 2014, October to present[54] Blocked
South China Morning Post scmp.com/asia scmp.com/asia News Chinese November 2018 to Unknown Blocked
Plurk plurk.com www.plurk.com Social English 2009, April to 2012[55] Blocked
The Economist economist.com economist.com News English Article about Xi Jinping[48][56] Blocked
Heise Online heise.de www.heise.de News German 2019, November to present[57] Blocked
ABC abc.es www.abc.es News Spanish 2021, 29 November to unknown[58] Blocked
Voice of America voanews.com www.voanews.com News English Unknown to present[59] Blocked
NBC nbc.com nbc.com Broadcasting English 2019, June to present[32] Blocked
PBworks pbworks.com pbworks.com Sharing English 2011, January to 2012[60] Unblocked
The Epoch Times theepochtimes.com www.theepochtimes.com News English 2003 to present[61] Blocked
The Epoch Times (Chinese Edition) epochtimes.com www.epochtimes.com News Chinese 1999 to present[61] Blocked
HBO hbo.com www.hbo.com Entertainment English 2018, June to present[62] Blocked
WION wionews.com www.wionews.com News English 2020, July to present[63] Blocked[64]
Reason reason.com reason.com News English 2019, June to present[65] Blocked
Hong Kong Free Press hongkongfp.com hongkongfp.com News English 2015, November to present[66] Blocked

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.
  • China Firewall Test - 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.
  • China Firewall Test - Test your website from real browsers in China. You can review performance reports and waterfall charts for further analysis and element-by-element performance detail from multiple locations.