List of websites blocked in mainland China

Many domain names are blocked in 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 Hong Kong and Macau where some Chinese laws do not apply.

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 ChinaEdit

Alexa rank Website Domain URL Category Primary language Duration of blockage Current status
1 Google google.com www.google.com
drive.google.com
hangouts.google.com
Search
Sharing
Social
English 2010 to present[2] Blocked[3]
2 YouTube youtube.com www.youtube.com Video English 2009, March to present[4][5][6][7] Blocked[3]
4 Facebook facebook.com www.facebook.com Social English 2009, July (or earlier) to present[8] Blocked[3]
13 Wikipedia wikipedia.org wikipedia.org Encyclopedia Multilingual 2019, 3 April to present[9] Blocked
17 Microsoft OneDrive live.com onedrive.live.com Sharing Multilingual 2014, July to present Partially blocked (Only business version available)[citation needed]
20 Netflix netflix.com www.netflix.com Entertainment Multilingual Unknown to unknown Unblocked (Service unavailable)[citation needed]
21 Zoom Video Communications zoom.us zoom.us Social English 2019, 9 September to November[10] Unblocked
24 Blogspot blogspot.com blogspot.com Blog English 2009, May to present[5][6][11] Blocked
27 Yahoo! Japan yahoo.co.jp yahoo.co.jp Portal Japanese 2012, 15 to 17 June Unblocked (Searching unavailable)[citation needed]
34 Bing bing.com bing.com Search Multilingual 2019, 23 to 24 January[12] Unblocked
28 Instagram instagram.com www.instagram.com Image Sharing Multilingual 2014, September to present[13] Blocked
33 Twitch twitch.tv twitch.tv Streaming English 2018, 17 September to present Blocked[citation needed]
43 Twitter twitter.com twitter.com Social English 2009, June to present[5][14][8] Blocked[3]
111 Tumblr tumblr.com tumblr.com Posting English 2016, 25 May, to present Blocked[citation needed]
155 Pinterest pinterest.com pinterest.com Image sharing Multilingual 2017, March to present[15] Blocked
62 Amazon.co.jp [ja] amazon.co.jp amazon.co.jp Shopping Japanese 2012, 15 to 17 June 2018 July 22 to present Blocked[citation needed]
56 Pornhub pornhub.com www.pornhub.com Pornography English 2012, May to 2016, April Blocked[citation needed]
68 Google Japan google.co.jp google.co.jp Search Japanese 2012, 15 to 17 June, to present Blocked[citation needed]
67 Imgur imgur.com imgur.com Image Sharing English 2019, March to present Blocked[citation needed]
73 WhatsApp whatsapp.com www.whatsapp.com Messaging English 2017, 26 September, to present Partially blocked[citation needed]
81 Medium medium.com medium.com News English Unknown to Present Blocked[citation needed]
87 Dailymotion dailymotion.com dailymotion.com Sharing English Unknown to Present Blocked[citation needed]
92 Quora quora.com quora.com Social English 2018, August to present Blocked[citation needed]
100 BBC bbc.co.uk (or bbc.com) bbc.co.uk (or bbc.com) News and Entertainment English 2014, 15 October to present[16] Blocked
108 The New York Times nytimes.com nytimes.com Publication English 2012 to present Blocked[citation needed]
178 Vimeo vimeo.com www.vimeo.com Sharing English 2009, October[17] to present[18] Blocked
125 Rakuten Market rakuten.co.jp rakuten.co.jp Shopping Japanese 2012, 15 to 17 June, September ?? to 19? Unblocked[citation needed]
128 The Guardian theguardian.com theguardian.com News English June 2019 to present[19] Blocked
139 SlideShare slideshare.net slideshare.net English Unknown to present, Nov. 2015 Blocked[citation needed]
148 Discord discord.com discord.com Messaging Multilingual 2018, 13 July to present[20] Blocked
157 XNXX.com [de] xnxx.com www.xnxx.com Pornography English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
173 DeviantArt deviantart.com www.deviantart.com Art display English 2014, November to 2015
29 March 2019 to present
Blocked[citation needed]
181 Chinese Google Maps maps.google.cn maps.google.cn Maps Chinese Unknown Blocked[citation needed]
199 The Washington Post washingtonpost.com washingtonpost.com News English June 2019 to present[19] Blocked
219 Nico Video nicovideo.jp nicovideo.jp Sharing Japanese Unknown to unknown Blocked[citation needed]
223 Archive.org (Internet Archive) archive.org www.archive.org Web archiving English 2011, April (or earlier) to 2012[citation needed] Blocked[21][22]
249 Mega mega.nz mega.nz Sharing English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
260 Daily Mail (MailOnline) dailymail.co.uk dailymail.co.uk News English June 2019 to present Blocked[citation needed]
298 TikTok (Douyin International) tiktok.com www.tiktok.com Social Multilingual Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
309 Breitbart News breitbart.com www.breitbart.com News English mid-2019 to present Blocked[citation needed]
333 Bloomberg bloomberg.com bloomberg.com Publication English 2012 to present Blocked[citation needed]
346 Goodreads goodreads.com goodreads.com Sharing English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
348 Flickr flickr.com flickr.com Sharing English Unknown to present, October 2014 Blocked[citation needed]
429 Wretch wretch.cc www.wretch.cc Blog Chinese 2007, August to 2012[23] Unblocked (discontinued)
476 HuffPost huffpost.com huffpost.com News English June 2019 to present[19] Blocked
492 DuckDuckGo duckduckgo.com duckduckgo.com Search English 2014, September to present Blocked[citation needed]
492 Wattpad wattpad.com www.wattpad.com Multilingual Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
538 Spiegel Online spiegel.de spiegel.de News German, English 2019 to present Blocked[citation needed]
541 The Independent independent.co.uk independent.co.uk Publication English 2019 to present Blocked[citation needed]
553 Google Appspot appspot.com appspot.com Web Hosting English Unknown to unknown Blocked[citation needed]
555 Wall Street Journal wsj.com wsj.com News English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
564 Yomiuri yomiuri.co.jp yomiuri.co.jp Publication Japanese 2012, 15 to 17 June Blocked[citation needed]
577 Reuters reuters.com reuters.com News English 2015, 25 March, to present Blocked[citation needed]
617 Le Monde lemonde.fr www.lemonde.fr News French Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
623 excite Japan excite.co.jp excite.co.jp Portal Japanese 2012, 15 to 17 June, September ?? to 18 Unblocked[citation needed]
633 Sponichi sponichi.co.jp sponichi.co.jp Publication Japanese 2012, 15 to 17 June Unblocked[citation needed]
643 Jehovah's Witnesses (Official website) jw.org jw.org Religious Multilingual Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
660 Nikkei Business Publications nikkeibp.co.jp nikkeibp.co.jp Publication Japanese 2012, 15 to 17 June Unblocked[citation needed]
660 NBC News nbcnews.com www.nbcnews.com News English June 2019 to present[19] Blocked
710 Disqus disqus.com disqus.com Social English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
713 LazyGirls lazygirls.info lazygirls.info Publication and images English 2011 or 2013 to present Blocked[citation needed]
751 TIME time.com time.com News English Article about Xi Jinping[24] Blocked
766 Badoo badoo.com badoo.com Social Multilingual Unknown to present, February 2015 Blocked[citation needed]
920 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) www.jpl.nasa.gov www.jpl.nasa.gov Space and Science English Unknown to present Unblocked[citation needed]
1,062 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)[25] cbc.ca www.cbc.ca News and Entertainment English 2014 to present Blocked
1,083 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)[26] www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au News and Entertainment English 2018, 22 August to present Blocked
1,235 Eporner eporner.com www.eporner.com Pornography Multilingual 2018 July to present Blocked[citation needed]
1,602 StartPage startpage.com startpage.com Search English 2014 to present Blocked[citation needed]
1,268 Apple Daily appledaily.com hk.appledaily.com
tw.appledaily.com
News Chinese Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
1,321 Technorati technorati.com www.technorati.com Search English 2008, July to 2012[27] Unblocked
1,422 Archive of Our Own archiveofourown.org archiveofourown.org Fanfiction Multilingual 2020, March, to present[28] Blocked
1,451 pixiv pixiv.net www.pixiv.net Sharing Japanese 2017, 18 September, to present Blocked[citation needed]
1,522 Torrentz2 (formerly Torrentz) torrentz2.eu www.torrentz2.eu Sharing English mid-2019 to present Blocked[citation needed]
1,655 Viber viber.com viber.com Messaging English 2014, October to present Blocked[citation needed]
1,688 Streamable streamable.com streamable.com Video English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
1,868 NordVPN nordvpn.com nordvpn.com VPN English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
1,949 South China Morning Post scmp.com scmp.com News English November 2018 – present Blocked[citation needed]
2,056 Plurk plurk.com www.plurk.com Social English 2009, April to 2012[29] Blocked
2,119 The Economist economist.com economist.com News English Article about Xi Jinping[24][30] Blocked
2,178 Radio France Internationale rfi.fr www.rfi.fr Radio French Unknown to unknown Blocked[citation needed]
2,317 Mainichi Shimbun mainichi.jp mainichi.jp News Japanese 2018, August to present Blocked[citation needed]
2,374 Change.org change.org change.org Petitions English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
2,669 Sydney Morning Herald smh.com.au www.smh.com.au News English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
3,691 NBC nbc.com nbc.com Entertainment English 2019, June to present[19] Blocked
3,768 Radio Free Asia rfa.org rfa.org Media English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
3,876 PBworks pbworks.com pbworks.com Sharing English 2011, January to 2012[31] Unblocked
3,927 The Globe and Mail theglobeandmail.com www.theglobeandmail.com News English unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
4,241 The Straits Times straitstimes.com straitstimes.com News English June 2019 to present Blocked[citation needed]
4,247 The Epoch Times theepochtimes.com www.theepochtimes.com News English 2003 to present Blocked[citation needed]
4,480 Sony Japan sony.co.jp sony.co.jp Company Japanese 2012, 15 to 17 June Unblocked[citation needed]
4,488 BigCommerce bigcommerce.com bigcommerce.com English English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
4,532 Al Jazeera English aljazeera.com aljazeera.com News English 2019, March to present Blocked[citation needed]
4,538 BitChute bitchute.com www.bitchute.com Video English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
4,645 WorldCat worldcat.org worldcat.org English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
4,856 The Japan Times japantimes.co.jp www.japantimes.co.jp News English 2018, September to present Blocked[citation needed]
4,886 Tapatalk [it] tapatalk.com www.tapatalk.com Social English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
4,956 The Epoch Times (Chinese Edition) epochtimes.com www.epochtimes.com News Chinese 1999 to present Blocked[citation needed]
5,564 HBO hbo.com www.hbo.com Entertainment English 2018, June to present Blocked[citation needed]
5,763 France 24 france24.com www.france24.com Television French Unknown to unknown Unblocked[citation needed]
6,623 Minghui minghui.org www.minghui.org Spiritual Chinese 1999, June (or earlier) to 2017[32] Blocked
7,345 Norddeutscher Rundfunk ndr.de www.ndr.de German Television German Unknown to July 2018?
Unknown to present
Blocked[citation needed]
9,994 HideMyAss! hidemyass.com www.hidemyass.com VPN English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
13,536 Akinator akinator.com akinator.com English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
16,866 Dreamwidth dreamwidth.org www.dreamwidth.org Social English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
13,445 Periscope periscope.tv(or pscp.tv) periscope.tv(or pscp.tv) Sharing English 2017, May to present Blocked[citation needed]
13,646 Windscribe windscribe.com www.windscribe.com VPN English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
14,790 1688 News 1688.com.au www.1688.com.au News and Entertainment Chinese 2011 to present Blocked[citation needed]
15,195 Pincong pincong.rocks pincong.rocks Social Chinese 2018, Nov to present Blocked[citation needed]
- Mohu pincong.rocks mohu.pincong.rocks Social Chinese 2019, Mar to present Blocked[citation needed]
16,410 Radio Garden radio.garden radio.garden Radio English 2018, 3 June to present Blocked[citation needed]
16,915 TV5 Monde tv5monde.com www.tv5monde.com Television French Unknown to unknown Unblocked[citation needed]
17,956 ProtonVPN protonvpn.com protonvpn.com VPN English 2018, April to present Blocked[citation needed]
18,016 Hotspot Shield hotspotshield.com www.hotspotshield.com VPN English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
18,395 Lantern getlantern.org www.getlantern.org VPN Multilingual 2013, December to present Blocked[citation needed]
19,711 Human Rights Watch hrw.org hrw.org NGO English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
20,258 Vocaroo vocaroo.com vocaroo.com Sharing English June 2019 to present Blocked[citation needed]
21,409 Initium Media theinitium.com theinitium.com News Chinese Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
21,897 TunnelBear tunnelbear.com www.tunnelbear.com VPN English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
22,196 Sony Music Japan sonymusic.co.jp sonymusic.co.jp Record label Japanese 2012, 15 to 17 June Unblocked[citation needed]
23,739 Shadowsocks shadowsocks.org shadowsocks.org VPN English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
23,903 Hong Kong Free Press hongkongfp.com hongkongfp.com News English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
24,540 Mendeley mendeley.com mendeley.com Academic English Unknown to present, Dec. 2014 Unblocked[citation needed]
26,290 Gab gab.ai www.gab.ai Social English Unknown to present Unblocked[citation needed]
33,965 Vokalnow vokalnow.com vokalnow.com Streaming Multilingual 2018, July (or earlier) to present[33] Unblocked
34,495 Celebrity-Leaks celebrity-leaks.net www.celebrity-leaks.net Nudity and Gossip English 2017, November (or earlier) to present[34] Unblocked
34,734 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty rferl.org rferl.org News English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
38,026 Touch VPN touchvpn.net touchvpn.net VPN English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
52,617 Instafreebie instafreebie.com instafreebie.com Book Publishing English Unknown to present Unblocked[citation needed]
53,262 Spys.one spys.one spys.one English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
54,725 Kiran's Blog kiranpantha.com.np blog.kiranpantha.com.np Blog English 2018, September to unknown Unblocked[citation needed]
61,638 TorGuard torguard.net www.torguard.net VPN English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
79,981 Romanian Television tvr.ro www.tvr.ro Television Romanian Unknown to unknown Unblocked[citation needed]
85,200 Mastodon mastodon.social www.mastodon.social Social English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
86,3069 GayBookSTAR gaybookstar.com www.gaybookstar.com Dating English 2012, December (or earlier) to unknown Unblocked[citation needed]
91,396 GreatFire greatfire.org greatfire.org Networking Test Site English Unknown to present Blocked
106,592 Falun Dafa falundafa.org www.falundafa.org Spiritual Multilingual 1999, June (or earlier) to 2017[32][deprecated source] Blocked
152,788 Bombo Radyo Philippines bomboradyo.com www.bomboradyo.com Radio Filipino Unknown to present Unblocked[citation needed]
159,827 14th Dalai Lama dalailama.com www.dalailama.com English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
168,907 Culture Unplugged Film Festival cultureunplugged.com festival.cultureunplugged.com Documentary Portal English 2013, January (or earlier) to July 2018? Unblocked[citation needed]
169,633 American Bar Association americanbar.org americanbar.org NGO English Unknown to present, Nov. 2015 Partially Blocked (Access via IPv6)[citation needed]
219,463 Free Tibet freetibet.org www.freetibet.org NGO English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
226,342 Jamestown Foundation jamestown.org jamestown.org NGO English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
497,029 YibaoChina yibaochina.com www.yibaochina.com News Chinese Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
563,776 Radio Romania International rri.ro www.rri.ro Radio Romanian Unknown to unknown Unblocked[citation needed]
1,166,330 Wiby wiby.me wiby.me Search English 2017, October to present Unblocked[citation needed]
1,483,331 Citizen Power Initiatives for China citizenpowerforchina.org www.citizenpowerforchina.org NGO Multilingual Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
3,203,475 Chinese Entrepreneur Rights Center ceraglobal.net www.ceraglobal.net Informative Multilingual Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
3,494,037 The Policy thepolicy.us www.thepolicy.us Politics English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
- Quozr quozr.com www.quozr.com Education English Unknown to present Blocked[citation needed]
8,835,076 Sportkin sportkin.com www.sportkin.com International Sports Registry English Unknown to present Unblocked[citation needed]
21,191,422 The Cantonese Independent Magazine thecim.org thecim.org NGO Cantonese Unknown to present, Sep. 2015 Blocked[citation needed]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

  • 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.