Many popular foreign websites are blocked in China. The only way to access to these sites is with a proxy or with a VPN Service,
This often causes a lot of inconvenience especially for foreign travelers, expats, staff working in foreign invested companies in China, and some small business owners dealing in foreign trade, who has got used to visit these websites.
What are these websites and why they are blocked in China?
If you don't completely comply with the Chinese government's regulations in censoring sensitive information, there's a good chance the Great Firewall of China will shut you down.
Major reasons why some popular sites are blocked in China:
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We list these overseas popular websites/services which are blocked in China at the moment.
The list might be changing and it is just for reference.
Not all foreign websites/services are blocked, here are some typical popular foreign websites which are working fine in China. Some services can work in China with a local partner running a fully localized China business, like Skype.
The absence of most foreign popular websites leaves the opportunity for many internet startups in China.
Most major social networking platforms, blog platforms, Image sharing platforms and it is the biggest category of websites blocked in China.
We only list some typical ones working in China.
Generally all Google services and many very nice web services are blocked.
All web sites with pornographic, gambling, terrorist & political sensitive content have been blocked.
Without Google Play working in China, promoting Android apps in China is interesting and challenging since there are hundreds of Android app markets to choose from. Without a VPN you won’t be able to download any apps from Google Play.
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