Sites still unavailable in China?

I’ve gotten some emails saying that Asiapundit, Glutter and some other typepad sites were unavailable in China. Can anyone verify? Thanks.

The Discussion: 24 Comments


From shenzhen.

June 21, 2005 @ 4:58 pm | Comment

does yes mean available or unavailable?

June 21, 2005 @ 5:03 pm | Comment

I’m presuming yes mean available….

June 21, 2005 @ 5:05 pm | Comment

Simonworld: Yes.
Asiapundit: No.
Glutter: No.


June 21, 2005 @ 5:15 pm | Comment



June 21, 2005 @ 6:50 pm | Comment

China blog block

Asiapundit is reporting that Typepad blogs are blocked again in China. Gordon is reporting that this site is blocked in Chengdu, but Chris says it is viewable in Shanghai and others report it viewable in Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. These sites are…

June 21, 2005 @ 7:12 pm | Comment

Hey, eswn, if you’re reading this, I’m having trouble loading your blog, apparently because of the one entry titled “Hinano Mizuki: The Case for Internet Censoring in China” (

I could access your site perfectly until I visited this particular url. It seems the Nanny is filtering the contents in real time, even rendering the annoymous browsing techniques useless. What’s worse is trying to visit the page has subsequently made visiting your site difficult.

Could you somehow post a nanny-passable version and mark it with “for mainland”? I know it sounds ridiculous but I’m asking anyway.

June 21, 2005 @ 7:27 pm | Comment

Gordon, at The Horse’s Mouth, has confirmed that Asiapundit has been blocked in China. They are trying to figure out who can see them and who can’t.

It’s apparently blog-specific, and not a domain-wide Typepad shotgunning.

I am curious to know what put them on the wrong side of the Nanny.

June 21, 2005 @ 7:27 pm | Comment

Very odd — why should they block Gordon and not me? I’m hurt.

June 21, 2005 @ 7:35 pm | Comment

Laoxia, it sounds like our beloved nanny is getting more sophisticated by the minute! As I just said in another thread, it’s time for us to raise my battle cry of more than two years ago.

June 21, 2005 @ 7:37 pm | Comment

horses mouth ok, glutter down for the first time since she changed her url (a couple of years i think), eswn article on censorship only partly loads without a proxy

June 21, 2005 @ 7:41 pm | Comment

Incommunicado in Chengdu.

June 21, 2005 @ 7:43 pm | Comment

Richard, you’re not trying hard enough. Keep at it; I’m sure you’ll get censored someday. If it makes you feel better, from now on, when I load the Peking Duck, I’ll slap myself in the face to remind myself not to fall victim to your counter-revolutionary propaganda.

Meanwhile, more seriously, it’s a big worry for anyone who runs their China blog on one of the major hosting engines. When will Nanny decide that all offshore engines, beyond the range of local registration requirements and helpful, corporate self-censorship, are more trouble than they are worth?

June 21, 2005 @ 8:25 pm | Comment

Damn, Will — that is a scary question. How far can the censorship go? Right now, the people seem relatively passive about the censorship, but there has to come a point when they (the Partyy) push too hard. Or so you would think.

June 21, 2005 @ 8:30 pm | Comment

All right, thanks to a link posted on another blog (the name of which shall remain undisclosed, sorry), I can now access the censored censorship article on eswn.

See my finger, Nanny? Hahahaha.

June 21, 2005 @ 9:16 pm | Comment

When will Nanny decide that all offshore engines, beyond the range of local registration requirements and helpful, corporate self-censorship, are more trouble than they are worth?

How far can it go, Richard? Care to take a wild guess? Better question is what the consequences of a complete shutdown might be, or how much closer to critical mass that might push the educated, and dissatisfied, information-seeking public. First the poor villagers are rioting, but add in us city folk and, well….nevermind, I don’t want to think about it.

At the moment, I can’t get ANY typepad-titled blog, in Shenzhen.

June 21, 2005 @ 9:39 pm | Comment

All the typepad sites I’ve tried to load (including mine) have failed…..I’m in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, incidentally…..

Typepad was blocked for much of last fall but has been up and running for the last several months. Proxy servers will have to do…

June 21, 2005 @ 11:25 pm | Comment

I think this is just a TypePad block, I don’t believe Simon World is typepad hosted – the blockage of that may be an abberation specific to Chengdu.

Also, I’ve made a few buttons if anyone wants one (or if anyone with real photoshop skill wants to improve them). But please don’t hotlink –

June 22, 2005 @ 12:38 am | Comment

No, I’m not Typepad hosted at all. Imagethief said he could see the main site from Beijing, which is curious unless Typepad’s main site is hosted completely seperately from its blogs.

As for the potential for blocking all such sites, I’m surprised the Nanny hasn’t already tried it. I expect it is too wide-reaching, especially as many blogs are hosted by companies that also host other non-blog sites. Short of shutting off the whole non-China internet, that makes the task difficult.

June 22, 2005 @ 3:29 am | Comment

I’m in the group that CANNOT access Asianpundit, I live in Guangzhou.

I also own a Typepad blog:, which I am not able to access without a proxy now, is working though, I can still post/edit.

My friend in Hongkong can view it with no problem at all.

Now the strange part, below was what I posted on my blog yesterday:

“It occurs though, some of my friends working for a press group in Guangzhou are able to access it in their office, where every computer gets connected to the internet via the group’s proxy. But it’s usually the case that people using that proxy are only able to access LESS websites than those connected via commercial ISPs such as China Telecom, GreatWall Broadband, etc., not more.”

Who knows, maybe it’s not blocked thoroughly?

June 22, 2005 @ 4:20 am | Comment

Typepad was blocked last year as well but then it came back on again.

I’m hoping this will be the same. Fingers crossed.

June 22, 2005 @ 6:00 am | Comment

Typepad never seems to work. I had a bit of a scare yesterday but I’m okay now!

June 22, 2005 @ 6:26 am | Comment

I can still log in to TypePad. It’s the blogs that are down. I can still log in to blogger for that matter, should I ever have the urge to update the old blogspot site. Richard (Willmsen) are you able to access TypePad sites again? Everything’s still down in Shanghai.

June 22, 2005 @ 8:40 am | Comment

it’s back! at least for mine, it seems typepad blogs were unblocked in mainland China today. so far i’ve got test results from Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, all passed.

June 28, 2005 @ 5:20 am | Comment

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