Updated list of websites banned in China in 2017

list of sites blocked in china

If you’re reading this it means you either live in China, or are moving there, or visiting for a while. Or, you have recently learned about the absolutist ban on too many websites in China. In any case, it is true. Some websites are banned in China. Activities such as storing files on Google drive, or connecting with people from other countries over social media, or watch your favorite TV series and movies. The list of the blocked websites and apps go on, but here are some major websites banned in china in 2017 –


Social Media Websites

Social Media websites banned in china are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, Picasa, WordPress.com, Blogspot, Blogger, Flickr, SoundCloud, Google+, Google Hangouts, Hootsuite.


Blocked Apps

Google Play, Line, KaKao Talk.

Google Play being blocked means that all the apps that are downloaded from Google Play are also blocked.


Search Engines

Google, Duck Duck Go, various foreign versions of Baidu and Yahoo.

Google, and all versions of Google, like Google.hk, Google.de etc. are blocked.


Informant Media Outlets

Media websites banned in china are The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg, Reuters, LeMonde, L’Equipe, Netflix, Youtube, Vimeo, Google News, Daily Motion, many pages of Wikipedia, Wikileaks.


Professional Tools

Professional ISP websites banned in china are Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail, Google Calendar (generally all Google services), Dropbox, ShutterStock, iStockPhotos, WayBackMachine, Scribd, Xing, Android, and many VPN sites.

Porn Websites

All porn websites are blocked, without exception.

This poses an inconvenience and hassle in China. Proxies may fall short as they usually break down and also, the Government is vigilant of it. There is, however, a way of circumventing this restriction and browsing the websites that you desire. It can be done by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPN providers like LimeVPN cater specifically for the Chinese audience. Here is a step-by-step guide to setting up a VPN to bypass the restriction by making your ISP think that you are in a completely different geographical location.

  1. First, set up a VPN account by buying one on LimeVPN here buy VPN. You can choose from two different plans – either LimeVPN basic or LimeVPN pro plan which gives a 7 day money back guarantee.
  1. Now, you can connect your device to any of the 19 VPN locations worldwide and access any of the 6,000+ IP addresses in the database.
  2. Enjoy your internet freedom with LimeVPN and unblock websites in China to access all websites banned in china, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and also unblock Google in China.



Not only this, with a VPN you can do much more ! Here are the top 5 reasons you should have a VPN


Happy surfing !

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