Blog City sites banned in China?

See the open thread below – it sure sounds that way. I wonder what motivated this…

The Discussion: 34 Comments

“an american family in chngqing” was translated and published by Cankao Xiaoxi, indicating the CDT as the source

not sure what happened to blogcity, hopefully it will be over soon

August 17, 2005 @ 8:39 am | Comment

I’m hoping that it’s only temporary.

I’ve been in contact with Blog-City and they are working on a solution and I’m working on a trick up my sleeve as well.

If worse comes to worst and it’s not temporary, at least I will be able to access it once I’m back in the States in a few week. Also, I don’t pay for my site at Blog-City since I work for their support team, so it’s not like I’m losing any money.

It’s just really frustrating and it doesn’t make any sense.

August 17, 2005 @ 8:55 am | Comment

It’s terrible news but, like Gordon, I’m hoping that it’s temporary.

I remember once joking with Laowai about his posting in Chinese and how he might attract the eye of the nanny and pull down the whole of Blog-City. It doesn’t seem funny anymore now.

August 17, 2005 @ 10:59 am | Comment

I have exploited a loophole in the block. Unfortunately, I am unable to disclose that publicly.

If you are a Blog-City user, you can contact me by email and I will walk you through it. (

August 17, 2005 @ 11:09 am | Comment

Angry Chinese Blogger must be throwing a fit.

August 17, 2005 @ 11:39 am | Comment

Good work Gordon.

August 17, 2005 @ 12:03 pm | Comment

Thanks Gordon, will do!

August 17, 2005 @ 1:46 pm | Comment

OMG, I just read “China The Beautiful” by Gordon and it was absolutely beautifully written. Surely showed many problems facing China today that people outside won’t normally see.

August 17, 2005 @ 2:21 pm | Comment

Ok, I went over my head, it was a guest post on the site. 🙂

August 17, 2005 @ 2:28 pm | Comment

ESWN says it is due to noted Chinese language blogger Anti:

August 17, 2005 @ 6:23 pm | Comment

i didn’t think anti actually said so because that would be pretty vain. he was being sarcastic.

August 17, 2005 @ 6:29 pm | Comment


i don’t think anti blog messed it up. antiblog was there unnoticed for some time and the cyd article was circulated everywhere on the web.

my speculation is that blogcity h osted some blogs that are not toleranted here and the amount is not neglegeable anymore

August 17, 2005 @ 7:02 pm | Comment

Heh! For that matter it could have been my recent post about Taiwan actually being a possession of the United States (according to international law).

August 17, 2005 @ 8:34 pm | Comment

Yeah Gordon, that one on the murkiness surrounding Taiwan would’ve left the Net police pretty steamed.

August 17, 2005 @ 9:27 pm | Comment

Daily linklets 18th August

The Great Firewall expands to include blogcity. The Blogcity people are working on ways around it, and Gordon has found a work-around. Please email me if you would like to get in touch with Gordon for the work-around. Richard has a Blogcity thread run…

August 17, 2005 @ 9:33 pm | Comment



August 17, 2005 @ 11:04 pm | Comment

The work-around loophole that I’ve discovered was actually something I set up a couple of months ago when I encountered a brief ban that only lasted a few hours. After it was lifted I quickly put a couple of other measures into place that would allow me to continue updating my blog, though in limited form.

I also have a mirror site that I establishd after that incident. I will probably start posting to it later today, until the ban has been lifted.

The Horse’s Mouth (mirror site)

I may even try temporarily removing the Taiwan post to see if that helps.

August 17, 2005 @ 11:19 pm | Comment

This whole thing just steams me…I mean, I started the blog-city site as a mirror to my blogspot site…and I’ve been posting on such hot-button topics as baseball! With pictures of Petco Park…

Sheesh. This is the kind of thing that tips my optimism balance about China the wrong way…

August 17, 2005 @ 11:48 pm | Comment

The CD crowd are SOOOOOOO happy, judging from their comments on the Madge article.

August 18, 2005 @ 12:54 am | Comment

Thank you China Daily!

August 18, 2005 @ 1:18 am | Comment

Since when did the corrupt, drunken scum that attempt to run things ever need a sensible reason? They probably just came back from a banquet and switched off a random hosting site or two before they fell asleep.

Me? Mad? Not at all!

August 18, 2005 @ 2:35 am | Comment

I hate to cut the party short for those folks over on China Daily, but I have found yet another way to subvert the ban of the Great Firewall.

I am once again publishing in full capacity at The Horse’s Mouth. The only people who can’t read it are the ones who don’t know how to use proxy browsers.

If you are a Blog-City blogger, email me and I will help you get around the ban as well.

August 18, 2005 @ 7:29 am | Comment

Err, what has the China Daily got to do with this? Have I missed something? And why all the fuss when there are lots of web-based proxies [do a google search, you’ll find em] by which you can access both blogspot and blog city blogs here? If the worst happens, use Firefox and download the proxy bar add on. Then just pop in the url of a proxy [try proxy4free] and away you go.

I have two blogspot blogs that I run from Beijing, no problems.

August 18, 2005 @ 7:52 am | Comment

As of today, none of the proxies I normally use work. I have also attempted to use about 30 from the proxy4free site. None of them work either.

“no problems” Don’t be so smug. I’ve been saying that for a long time!

August 18, 2005 @ 9:15 am | Comment

Use TOR ( ) instead; you won’t need to use those soon-to-die proxies at all.

August 18, 2005 @ 9:59 am | Comment

Anyone know if typepad is blocked in China? I’ve had to switch from blogspot to blogsome already, but now I can’t access the interface for that either.

August 18, 2005 @ 5:17 pm | Comment

LiuZHou, did you try using the loophole I emailed you?

August 18, 2005 @ 7:56 pm | Comment

Yes, I tried it. Thanks, but it didn’t work. It just times out.

August 18, 2005 @ 9:06 pm | Comment

Yes, I tried it. Thanks, but it didn’t work. It just times out.

August 18, 2005 @ 9:08 pm | Comment


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August 18, 2005 @ 11:36 pm | Comment

How about the latest one that I sent out?

August 18, 2005 @ 11:52 pm | Comment


I tested the previous method again and I received a timeout notice as well. However, when I tried it again everything went through.

August 19, 2005 @ 1:22 am | Comment


The last one you sent worked. I have emailed you about this. Are you not receiving my emails?

August 19, 2005 @ 5:33 am | Comment

No I haven’t received anything.

Email me at

Thanks and glad it worked!

August 19, 2005 @ 9:35 am | Comment

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