Block Check: Guinness World Records

Is it just my crappy Internet connection, or is Guinness Book of World Records website blocked in China? I get by with a proxy, but I’d like to know if this is true for others.

Why block Guinness World Records?

The Discussion: 7 Comments

Hey Richard, you can do a traceroute to find out where the connection is being disrupted. If it doesn’t go any further than Bejing, then chances are that it’s blocked.

January 19, 2007 @ 1:26 am | Comment

Sorry, I forgot to leave you the traceroute address:

January 19, 2007 @ 1:27 am | Comment

Hey THM, I’m not Richard, but a common mistake.

Great site, didn’t know about it. It says packets are being lost here in Fujian, after passing through Beijing and Shanghai. Not sure what that’s all about.

January 19, 2007 @ 1:56 am | Comment

Another interesting bit: it says packets on the way to the Human Rights Watch page get lost at C Host in Austin TX.

January 19, 2007 @ 2:02 am | Comment

I just opened it, but after a very long wait.

January 19, 2007 @ 8:46 am | Comment

Not blocked in Nanjing.

January 19, 2007 @ 9:04 am | Comment

I would guess that it’s not blocked but it would be hard to test that until connectivity is restored. A lot of sites that aren’t blocked have been inaccessible since the quake (including things that would not be blocked like the sites for Standard Chartered, NYSE, McKinsey Quarterly and others.)
TOR and other proxies basically add a step to the routing that sometimes allows access to inaccessible sites (by going through a TOR server in Europe, for instance, rather than directly through a US connection).

January 19, 2007 @ 9:54 am | Comment

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