Google web site and services blocked in China

If you live in China and wanted to check your Gmail or find a location on Google Maps, it's likely you are not able to do that today. There are reports that Google's online services are being blocked from residents living in that country, just as a major political event started.

Bloomberg reports that the blockage of Google's services came just as the Chinese government started their 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress event this week. Google has confirmed that there their servers are still up and running, saying, "We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end."

For their part, a spokeswoman for the Chinese consulate in New York stated she had no information on the alleged blocking of Google services. There has been no direct comment yet from Chinese government officials in Beijing.

In March 2010, Google got into a bit of a conflict with Chinese officials, as the company refused to bow down to the Internet censorship rules that the government tried to put in place. Google decided to pull out of the Chinese search business at that time, although Chinese residents could still access Google via a site based in Hong Kong.

Source: Bloomberg
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Having lived in Shanghai over the summer, Google services are blocked intermittently or severely slowed. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube are always blocked. One can access those services, however, by using a VPN. The bad thing is that within the last couple of weeks, to ensure very tight security for the CPC, even the VPNs have been blocked intermittently. My partner, who lives there full time (he is native Chinese), says he can only connect to the VPN sporadically, now. This is typical and once the CPC is over services should return to "normal".

Strangely enough, I had an email from Google saying that I had a blocked login attempt from China around 6 hours ago.

bledd said,
Strangely enough, I had an email from Google saying that I had a blocked login attempt from China around 6 hours ago.
Really? I got one 2 weeks ago which caused me to change my password. How strange...

From my experience Google services have been intermittently blocked for years. This is likely to be purely related to the 10-yer transition and will be removed once that is done.

Twitter
Facebook
Google +
IMDB.com
Google itself
was blocked...

Now they are starting to block more Google services... If you type http://www.google.com, they will redirect you to the hk version anyway. from what I herd.

By using tunnels and ssh connection to those services does not work since the government blocked those ages ago.

Kenny Kanashimi Chu said,
Twitter
Facebook
Google +
IMDB.com
Google itself
was blocked...

Now they are starting to block more Google services... If you type http://www.google.com, they will redirect you to the hk version anyway. from what I herd.

By using tunnels and ssh connection to those services does not work since the government blocked those ages ago.

does Tor still work?

Kenny Kanashimi Chu said,
Twitter
Facebook
Google +
IMDB.com
Google itself
was blocked...

Now they are starting to block more Google services... If you type http://www.google.com, they will redirect you to the hk version anyway. from what I herd.

By using tunnels and ssh connection to those services does not work since the government blocked those ages ago.

What about SSH through a non-typical port like 443 or something like that?

shinji257 said,

What about SSH through a non-typical port like 443 or something like that?


From what I've herd the server for blocking is in beijing (as listed above too). 433 will not work at all. it will simply throw you an "content can not be displayed" error
They pretty much blocked anything ssh, proxy, tunnel, vpn, tor and stuff like that.
But let say you have another social network that ain't blocked and ou've linked to facebook or twitter, you can write stuff and other end can see.

I doubt the ruling class is restricted access. We personally block all known Chinese, Hong Kong, Mongolian and Macau ISP's from this computer, and there are also proxies, of which I block the majority. Needless to say, I don't trust the Chinese ruling class, and am relieved that googoo doesn't either.