It seems that someone didn’t get the Christmas gift they wanted, as Google is now blocked in China. Totally! I’m not just talking about the (often) useless Google Docs, or some maps of Goverment resources…I’m saying that everything on the (http and https) is now blocked!

Google Blocked In China

google blocked in china

Google blocked in China

That means China has blocked access to Gmail! It means I can’t access search! It means…well…we have been here before, so right now it doesn’t mean much. If it lasts more than a few days, then it’s time to get scared.

Why is Google blocked in China? A recent story in the Global Times said that there might be a shutdown if the company didn’t comply with moving maps servers to the mainland next year…but few thought that it would happen this quickly.

As a site-block-veteran ™, I would expect full service to resume in the next 48 hours. Until then, time to get on your China VPN and resume normal service. I’ll try to keep this post updated for any news about the Google China block – if you hear any news or gossip then please share in the comments!


  1. When China blocked Facebook, I thought it would only be a matter of days before it came back on. Ha! We all know how that turned out. Good luck living without Google. I think if I was still in China when this happened, I would leave. As a web developer and overall Internet junkie, I don’t think I could live without it.

    • Thank you for highlighting my absolute worst fears :P I remember that little corridor of times post-FB block…I had the same opinion. Yeah…it didn’t work out exactly as planned. I have all toes and fingers crossed this time though…

  2. Luckily enough CnMobile hasn’t blocked my Android services…
    Hope it’s a temporary block

  3. It seems other foreign sites like are also blocked, as of yesterday. Yes/no?

    • Yesterday Yahoo was also down, this morning it is looking like both Google and Yahoo are back…keeping fingers crossed that it was a hiccup at GFWHQ.

  4. Will be blocked too?

    • It looks like (and .hk) have had a reprieve…for now! I reckon Google will need to have another round of talks with the Gov though, or they risk these types of outages becoming more regular.

  5. Did you also see that programs like Skype have been declared illegal? Fabulous, this is how China plans to cut its people off from the rest of the world.

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