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As one of the most authoritarian major countries, UsefulNotes/{{China}} often does this, making it the TropeNamer. Censors target anything that might be read as subversive towards the current regime, negative portrayal of anyone who is Chinese, and references to the more unpleasant events in China's history, with a special emphasis on recent history. This gives the Chinese government influence in what foreigners, hungry for the money of the growing Chinese audience, put into their books, shows, and movies.

Due to the thriving and largely unpoliced (and unpoliceable) pirating industry in China, for most audiences, it's not as if the ban has any effect. However, these policies (along with countless other deliberately vague rules) had major impacts on Chinese media creators, whose development had stagnated almost entirely for many years. Many works were often edited and watered down to ridiculous extents just to pass, rendering significant amounts of efforts put into the work null. Many more are straight up cut entirely, and one could say that China often bans works that it created itself.

This may also have to do with China's pass/fail film rating system. If a film does not pass as suitable for all ages, it is rejected. Unlike many other nations, China does not have a content rating system. A work is either yay for everyone or nay for everyone. Some individual theater managers have added unofficial ratings to clarify the content of a passed film, but those are a rarity and are still subject to the initial pass-or-fail sifting process.

Interestingly, Hong Kong and Macau are free from the bans despite being a part of China. It helps that they both are Special Administrative Regions. (Hong Kong also has a separate rating system and censorship board, and does not rely on China for this matter.)

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As The trope BannedInChina is named for the People's Republic of UsefulNotes/{{China}}, a country famous for banning works seemingly arbitrarily. It might not be the most prolific, but it's certainly one of the most visible, because (a) China is a big country and a big export market, so producers want their works to make it there however they can and (b) China is also very authoritarian major countries, UsefulNotes/{{China}} often does this, making it and fairly paternalistic, so the TropeNamer. Censors target government has a lot of power and inclination to ban anything that might be read as subversive towards it feels has a bad influence on the current regime, negative portrayal people. This, of anyone who is Chinese, and references to course, would include works which criticize or undermine the government, make fun of China or the Chinese as a whole, or reference the more unpleasant events in China's history, with a special emphasis on recent history. This gives particularly the Chinese history the current regime was around for.

The
government influence in what foreigners, hungry accomplishes this with a strict pass-fail rating system; either the film is appropriate for the money of the growing Chinese audience, put into their books, shows, and movies.

Due to the thriving and largely unpoliced (and unpoliceable) pirating industry in China, for
all ages, or it's rejected. As with most audiences, other countries, the censor board's failure to rate a film equals a ban. The criteria for passing are often arbitrary, vague, or otherwise secret, so it's not as if the ban has any effect. However, these policies (along with countless other deliberately vague rules) had major impacts on Chinese media creators, whose development had stagnated almost entirely for many years. Many works were often edited and watered down easy to ridiculous extents just to pass, rendering significant amounts of efforts put into the work null. Many more are straight up cut entirely, and one could say that China often bans works that it created itself.

This may also have to do with China's pass/fail film rating system. If a film does not
determine in advance what will pass as suitable for all ages, it is rejected. Unlike many other nations, China does not have a content rating system. A work is either yay for everyone or nay for everyone. muster. Some individual theater managers will have added unofficial ratings to clarify for films which otherwise pass, but these are relatively rare and separate from the content government sanction.

This system, by the way, does very little to stop domestic consumption
of a passed film, but those are a rarity foreign works in China; piracy is huge there, and are still subject to it can't be prevented for the initial pass-or-fail sifting process.

Interestingly, Hong Kong
most part. And the rules apply equally to domestic and foreign media, so Chinese productions tend to be very linear and watered-down. But foreign media producers want a piece of the massive official market in China, and as such, they've become increasingly willing to censor or re-cut their own works to seek the approval of Chinese censors.

This banning policy only applies in the mainland. UsefulNotes/HongKong
and Macau are free from the bans despite being a part of China. It helps that they both are Special Administrative Regions. (Hong Kong also has a separate Regions of the People's Republic, and they aren't governed by this scheme; they have their own, independent rating system and censorship board, and does systems. This is how some works can be shown in Hong Kong but not rely on China for this matter.)
in the mainland.



* ''Manga/DeathNote'' was banned in China for allegedly inciting anarchy and insubordination after some kids and teens were caught using ripoff notebooks to make hitlists. That being said, it did receive a Cantonese dub and was aired in Hong Kong.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' was once banned in China for its themes of rebellion and the dignity of oppressed minorities. In fact, the second season portrays China as a nation of starving citizens oppressed by a group of power hungry creeps using the twelve year-old heir to the throne as their [[PuppetKing puppet]] before a bunch of Japanese guys lead by a [[MightyWhitey white]] guy incite a revolution and overthrow them, which doesn't help either. Un-banned since 2008.
* YaoiGenre manga, anime, and games have been suppressed, banned and regulated in mainland China and Hong Kong for fear that "[r]eading too much [yaoi] material will change [girls'] sexual orientation somehow"; see [[http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue20/liu.htm this academic paper]].
** Mostly uncensored until 2013, though a couple of Yaoi magazines such as ''BOLO'' and ''801 Kano'' are still being published as special issues of other publications.
* In 2015, the Chinese government started cracking down "violent" and "sexually oriented" anime and manga in the internet and print and these include ''Anime/BloodC'', ''Anime/PsychoPass'', ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'', ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-06-09/china-blacklists-attack-on-titan-death-note-36-more-anime-manga/.89055 among others]].

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' was banned in China for allegedly inciting anarchy and insubordination insubordination, after some kids and teens were caught using ripoff notebooks to make hitlists.hit lists. That being said, it did receive a Cantonese dub and was aired in Hong Kong.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' was once banned in China for its themes of rebellion and the dignity of oppressed minorities. In fact, the The second season also portrays China as a nation of starving citizens oppressed by a group of power hungry power-hungry creeps using the twelve year-old twelve-year-old heir to the throne as their [[PuppetKing puppet]] before a bunch of Japanese guys lead by a [[MightyWhitey white]] guy white guy]] incite a revolution and overthrow them, which doesn't help either. Un-banned since matters. It was un-banned in 2008.
* YaoiGenre manga, anime, and games have been suppressed, banned and regulated in mainland China and Hong Kong for fear that "[r]eading too much [yaoi] material will change [girls'] sexual orientation somehow"; see [[http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue20/liu.htm this academic paper]].
** Mostly uncensored until 2013, though a
paper]]. A couple of Yaoi magazines such as ''BOLO'' and ''801 Kano'' are still being published as special issues of other publications.
publications, though.
* In 2015, the Chinese government started cracking down "violent" and "sexually oriented" anime and manga in the internet and print and these print. These include ''Anime/BloodC'', ''Anime/PsychoPass'', ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'', and ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-06-09/china-blacklists-attack-on-titan-death-note-36-more-anime-manga/.89055 among others]].



* ComicBook/ChickTracts are also illegal in China.
* During Mao's regime the Franchise/{{Tintin}} comic book albums ''[[Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus The Blue Lotus]]'' and ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTibet Tintin in Tibet]]'' were unavailable, while other Tintin stories were. After Mao's death the stories were eventually released, but the title of ''Tintin in Tibet'' was changed into ''"Tintin in Chinese Tibet"'', since China has occupied Tibet since the 1950s. Hergé and his lawyers sued and as a result the title was changed back to its original name.

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* ComicBook/ChickTracts are also illegal in China.
* During Mao's regime regime, the Franchise/{{Tintin}} comic book albums ''[[Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus The Blue Lotus]]'' and ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTibet Tintin in Tibet]]'' were unavailable, while other Tintin stories were. After Mao's death death, the stories were eventually released, but the title of ''Tintin in Tibet'' was changed into ''"Tintin in Chinese Tibet"'', since China has occupied Tibet since the 1950s. Hergé and his lawyers sued and as a result successfully to get the title was changed back to its original name.back.



China automatically "bans" (or, more accurately, puts a quota on) all non-Chinese movies, only giving special permits for a fixed number of foreign films to be shown per year. In theory, this protects their film industry from bigger-budget foreign competition. In practice, it has spawned a massive and well established market for pirated foreign movies.

* The movie ''Temptress Moon'' was promoted in the United States as "A Seductive New Film So Provocative It Was Banned In Its Own Country." As [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19970629/ANSWERMAN/706290303&template=printart a writer to Roger Ebert's Movie Answer Man column]] pointed out, "Considering that its own country is China, that's [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics not such a big deal]]."
* Yimou Zhang's films, such as ''Film/ToLive''.
* Any form of discussion about the oppression of the Tibetans or the Tiananmen Square massacre (if it is in media or not) will get you arrested and scrutinized by the Chinese government. The [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory government-approved history textbooks]] does mention them in the self-righteous sense.
** Not only is ''Film/SevenYearsInTibet'' banned, so are the two stars, Creator/BradPitt and Creator/DavidThewlis.[[note]]The ''Film/HarryPotter'' films have been released in China so apparently images of David Thewlis are allowed in the country even while the actual actor isn't.[[/note]] Director Jean-Jacques Arnaud was banned as well, but has since been invited to make a movie on the Inner Mongolian culture, ''The Wolf Totem''.
** ''Film/TheWolfTotem'' itself averted this, but barely. The book would have been banned as the author Jiang Rong has been arrested and imprisoned (for a year) for his participation in the Tiananmen. This is the reason why he remained reclusive despite that novel's success; he knew he wasn't ''that'' trusted.

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China automatically "bans" (or, more accurately, puts a quota on) all non-Chinese movies, only giving special permits for a fixed number of foreign films to be shown per year. In theory, this protects their domestic film industry from bigger-budget foreign competition. In practice, it has spawned a massive and well established well-established market for pirated foreign movies.

* The movie ''Temptress Moon'' was promoted in the United States as "A Seductive New Film So Provocative It Was Banned In Its Own Country."a seductive new film so provocative it was banned in its own country." As [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19970629/ANSWERMAN/706290303&template=printart a writer to Roger Ebert's Movie Answer Man column]] pointed out, "Considering "considering that its own country is China, that's [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics not such a big deal]]."
* Yimou Zhang's films, such as ''Film/ToLive''.
''Film/ToLive'', are banned in China.
* Any form of discussion about the oppression of the Tibetans or the Tiananmen Square massacre (if it is in media or not) will get you arrested and scrutinized by the Chinese government. The [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory government-approved history textbooks]] does mention will only give them in the self-righteous sense.
cursory mention, if at all. Among films banned for addressing these topics:
** Not only is ''Film/SevenYearsInTibet'' is banned, and so are the two stars, Creator/BradPitt and Creator/DavidThewlis.[[note]]The ''Film/HarryPotter'' films have been released in China so apparently images of David Thewlis are allowed in the country even while the actual actor isn't.[[/note]] Creator/DavidThewlis. Director Jean-Jacques Arnaud was banned as well, but has since been invited to make a movie on the Inner Mongolian culture, ''The Wolf Totem''.
** ''Film/TheWolfTotem'' itself averted this, but barely. The book would have been banned banned, as the author Jiang Rong has been was arrested and imprisoned (for a year) for his participation in the Tiananmen.Tiananmen protests. This is the reason why he remained reclusive despite that novel's success; he knew he wasn't ''that'' trusted.



* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' can only be shown in China if all the scenes with Sao Feng in them are edited/modified so that way he's not in the shot. Apparently, he is a "[[YellowPeril negative portrayal]]" of the Chinese (although honestly, it would not make that much of a difference on the film's plot).
* Creator/WarnerBros had refused to screen ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in China for its portrayal of the Chinese criminal accountant Lau (who was played by Singaporean Chin Han) and implying that Hong Kong police are corrupt, for fear that it would offend the Chinese. However, it is apparently one of the most popular bootleg DVD titles in China.
* Going with the number-title aversion theme, ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'' made huge bucks in China because [[spoiler: in the end China basically saves the world. The Tibetan tidal wave posters probably helped too.]]

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' can only be shown in China if all the scenes with Sao Feng in them are edited/modified so that way he's not in the shot.edited or modified to remove him. Apparently, he is a "[[YellowPeril negative portrayal]]" of the Chinese (although honestly, it would not make that much of a difference on the film's plot).
* Creator/WarnerBros had refused to screen ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in China for its portrayal of the Chinese criminal accountant Lau (who was played (played by Singaporean Chin Han) and implying that Hong Kong police are corrupt, for fear that it would offend the Chinese. However, it is apparently one of the most popular bootleg DVD titles in China.
* Going with the number-title aversion theme, ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'' made huge bucks in China because [[spoiler: in the end China basically saves the world. The Tibetan tidal wave posters probably helped too.]]
China.



* ''Film/RaiseTheRedLantern'' was banned in China... [[EveryManHasHisPrice until it helped raise their tourism]].
* The ''Film/RedDawn2012'' remake was considered likely to face legal or financial problems in China due to its portrayal of a Chinese invasion of the US, leading to a change of the villians to North Korean.
* A rough translation of a statement by authorities in 2011 suggested that [[http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/04/china_bans_time_travel_movies.html they had banned movies about]] TimeTravel; it turns out, this was [[http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/making-tv-safer-chinese-censors-crack-down-on-time-travel/ merely a guideline]]: its based on the immense respect that Chinese culture has to its ancestors. The Chinese believe that a work of fiction that depicts the ancestors (or other historical figures) will be necessarily different from what actually happened, which is considered extremely disrespectful. The same statement also recommended that filmmakers don't make any more adaptations of the Four Great Classical Novels. [[ParanoiaFuel Still...]] This whole affair is allegedly the end result of a dual-suicide that involved one of the girls mentioning time-travel in her suicide note. However, [[http://www.uproxx.com/gammasquad/2011/04/no-china-didnt-ban-time-travel-movies/ this website]] contradicts this statement by pointing out the correct translation. This must be something of a relief.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' was released in China, but its 2D version was pulled from cinemas very quickly afterwards despite the film being the most popular shown in China ''ever''. It is likely a large part of this was its message, which could be seen as being potentially inspirational to oppressed people within China (and the film was eating into the profit margin of a state-sanctioned biopic on Confucius that was running concurrently). Oddly enough, China still allowed the 3D version to be shown even afterwards.
* Surprisingly averted with ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Cue reviews from China lamenting the fall of the western civilization.
* ''[[Film/TwentyOneAndOver 21 And Over]]'' wasn't banned in China but it was heavily altered. The original is a pretty straightforward [[WackyFratboyHijinx college comedy]] about an Asian-American student and his antics during his 21st birthday. The movie also explicitly states that his family has lived in America for five generations. The Chinese version turns him into a Chinese exchange student in America and becomes a cautionary tale about "[[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-21-and-over-release-date-china-theaters-reviews-miles-teller-20130213,0,6665574.story?track=rss the perils of a hedonistic West and the importance of embracing one’s roots]]." They even shot extra scenes at a Chinese college for the second version.
* A scene from ''Film/MenInBlack3'' where Agent J [[LaserGuidedAmnesia neuralyzes]] a bunch of Asian-American tourists in Chinatown was cut from the Chinese version. The Chinese government viewed the scene as a [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/men-in-black-3-censorship-china_n_1560482.html criticism of internet censorship]].

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* ''Film/RaiseTheRedLantern'' was banned in China... China -- [[EveryManHasHisPrice until it helped raise their tourism]].
* The ''Film/RedDawn2012'' remake was considered likely to face legal or financial problems in China due to its portrayal of a Chinese invasion of the US, leading to a the makers to change of the villians villains to North Korean.
Koreans.
* A rough translation of a statement by authorities in 2011 suggested It's commonly believed that China bans [[http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/04/china_bans_time_travel_movies.html they had banned all movies about]] TimeTravel; concerning]] TimeTravel, as Chinese culture has so much respect for its ancestors that it will not allow a depiction of them that will necessarily be somewhat inaccurate. It turns out, this was out they don't ban it outright, but [[http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/making-tv-safer-chinese-censors-crack-down-on-time-travel/ merely they do have a guideline]]: its based on the immense respect that Chinese culture has to its ancestors. The Chinese believe that a work of fiction that depicts the ancestors (or other historical figures) will be necessarily different from what actually happened, guideline discouraging it]], which is considered extremely disrespectful. The same statement also recommended included a recommendation that filmmakers don't make any more adaptations of no longer adapt the Four Great Classical Novels. [[ParanoiaFuel Still...]] This whole affair is allegedly the end result Novels either. There are a number of a dual-suicide TimeTravel works that involved one are banned in China anyway, including all adaptations of H.G. Wells' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' and the girls mentioning time-travel in her suicide note. However, [[http://www.uproxx.com/gammasquad/2011/04/no-china-didnt-ban-time-travel-movies/ this website]] contradicts this statement by pointing out the correct translation. This must be something of a relief.
entire ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' was released in China, but its 2D version was pulled from cinemas very quickly afterwards despite the film being the most popular shown in China ''ever''. It is likely a large part of was long rumored that this was its message, which could be seen as being potentially inspirational to because oppressed people within China (and Chinese citizens could be inspired by the film film's message, but at least part of it was also because it was eating into the profit margin of a state-sanctioned biopic on of Confucius that was running concurrently). Oddly enough, China still allowed concurrently. They never had a problem with the 3D version to be shown even afterwards.
* Surprisingly averted with ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Cue reviews from China lamenting the fall of the western civilization.
version, though.
* ''[[Film/TwentyOneAndOver 21 And Over]]'' wasn't banned in China China, but it was heavily altered. The original is a pretty straightforward [[WackyFratboyHijinx college comedy]] about an Asian-American student and his antics during his 21st birthday. The movie also explicitly states that his family has lived in America for five generations. The Chinese version turns him into a Chinese exchange student in America and becomes a cautionary tale about "[[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-21-and-over-release-date-china-theaters-reviews-miles-teller-20130213,0,6665574.story?track=rss the perils of a hedonistic West and the importance of embracing one’s roots]]." They even shot extra scenes at a Chinese college for the second version.
* A scene from ''Film/MenInBlack3'' where Agent J [[LaserGuidedAmnesia neuralyzes]] a bunch of Asian-American Asian tourists in Chinatown was cut from the Chinese version. The Chinese government viewed the scene as a [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/men-in-black-3-censorship-china_n_1560482.html criticism of internet Internet censorship]].



* The Mandarin is [[RaceLift played by]] BenKingsley in ''Film/IronMan3'' precisely for this reason, since the comic incarnation of the character is a classic YellowPeril villain. The Chinese government also cooperated with Marvel to produce the film, and well known actors Fan Bingbing and Wang Xuquei were added to the cast in supporting roles.
** The Chinese trailer plays up their importance, showing the two actors' characters alongside [[Comicbook/WarMachine Rhodey]] and [[http://www.newsarama.com/film/Iron-Man-3-full-trailer-2.html Pepper]].
** When Fan and Wang were cast, it prompted widespread speculation that they would be playing prominent Chinese Marvel characters such as Collective Man or Radioactive Man. They turned out to be {{Advertised Extra}}s. Wang's character is the Chinese Dr. Wu who appears briefly during the New Year's Party and later [[spoiler:gets the shrapnel out of Tony's heart]]. Fan plays an unnamed nurse with a single line who helps Wu (By "help", we mean telling Wu that "[Stark] is here"). [[http://kotaku.com/why-many-in-china-hate-iron-man-3s-chinese-version-486840429 Chinese audiences were not impressed]].
** Note: Comics about Collective Man and Radioactive Man are only accessible in China through bootleg translations.
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' was initially banned in China. However, it may get a release after scenes involving [[http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/26/entertainment-us-django-china-idUSBRE93P1AI20130426 nudity, excessive violence, and "politically sensitive" topics]] are edited out. So basically they'd be cutting out the entire movie. Which still left about 2 hours.

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* The Mandarin is [[RaceLift played by]] BenKingsley in ''Film/IronMan3'' precisely for saw a number of production changes to avoid this reason, since the comic incarnation of the character fate in China:
** The Mandarin, who
is a classic YellowPeril villain. villain in the comics, is [[RaceLift played by]] Creator/BenKingsley in the film. The Chinese government would likely not have allowed a portrayal closer to the comics.
**
The Chinese government also cooperated with convinced Marvel to produce the film, and well known include well-known Chinese actors Fan Bingbing and Wang Xuquei were added to the cast in supporting roles.
** The Chinese trailer plays up their importance, showing the two actors' characters alongside [[Comicbook/WarMachine Rhodey]] and [[http://www.newsarama.com/film/Iron-Man-3-full-trailer-2.html Pepper]].
** When Fan and Wang were cast, it prompted widespread speculation
Xuquei. Fans speculated that they would be playing prominent Chinese Marvel characters such as Collective Man or and Radioactive Man. They turned out to be Man; as it turns out, they were both {{Advertised Extra}}s. Wang's character is the Chinese Dr. Wu who appears briefly during the New Year's Party and later [[spoiler:gets the shrapnel out of Tony's heart]]. Fan plays an unnamed nurse with a single line who helps Wu (By "help", we mean telling Wu that "[Stark] is here").Extra}}s. [[http://kotaku.com/why-many-in-china-hate-iron-man-3s-chinese-version-486840429 Chinese audiences were not impressed]].
** Note: Comics about Collective Man and Radioactive Man are only accessible in China through bootleg translations.
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' was initially banned in China. However, it may get a release after scenes involving [[http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/26/entertainment-us-django-china-idUSBRE93P1AI20130426 nudity, excessive violence, and "politically sensitive" topics]] are edited out. So basically they'd be cutting out the entire movie. Which still left about 2 hours.



* The Film/BackToTheFuture trilogy has been banned in China due to the portrayal of time traveling, which has a blanket ban because the Chinese government declared time traveling plots to "Lack positive thoughts and meaning". This ban also covers the adaptations of H. G. Well's ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''.
* ''Film/{{Deadpool}}''; it's been stated that if too much of violent, sex, and language scenes were cut out (and there is a ''lot''), there would be {{Plot Hole}}s.

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* The Film/BackToTheFuture trilogy ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' has not been banned released in China due to China, as the portrayal of time traveling, which has a blanket ban because the Chinese government declared time traveling plots to "Lack positive thoughts and meaning". This ban also covers the adaptations of H. G. Well's ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''.
* ''Film/{{Deadpool}}''; it's
producers claimed it would have been stated that if too much of violent, impossible to cut all the copious violence, sex, and bad language scenes were cut out (and there is and end up with anything resembling a ''lot''), there would be {{Plot Hole}}s.coherent film.



* The 2016 ''{{Ghostbusters|2016}}'' reboot. It's been claimed that the movie was barred from release there due to an obscure guideline against the depictions of supernatural beings and ghosts, but a financing partner for the movie, based in China, clarified that the real reason was because [[http://www.polygon.com/2016/7/13/12179968/ghostbusters-release-china there was little hype for the movie in that region]].

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* The 2016 ''{{Ghostbusters|2016}}'' reboot. It's been claimed that the movie reboot was barred from release there in China, allegedly due to an obscure guideline against the depictions of supernatural beings and ghosts, but a financing partner for the movie, based in China, clarified that the real reason was because [[http://www.polygon.com/2016/7/13/12179968/ghostbusters-release-china there was little hype for the movie in that region]].



* David Wingrove's ''Literature/ChungKuo'' series, about a future world ruled by Chinese lords.
* ''Literature/BalzacAndTheLittleChineseSeamstress'' is a book about the cultural revolution and how they unjustly persecuted the educated and burned books. Since this is one of the books studied in Hong Kong international schools, there have been at least a few cases of students finding their copies unexpectedly confiscated.

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* David Wingrove's ''Literature/ChungKuo'' series, about a future world ruled by Chinese lords.
lords, is banned in China.
* ''Literature/BalzacAndTheLittleChineseSeamstress'' is a book about the cultural revolution Cultural Revolution, persecution of academics and how they unjustly persecuted the educated educated, and burned books.BookBurning. Since this is one of the books studied in Hong Kong international schools, there have been at least a few cases of students finding their copies unexpectedly confiscated.



* Jung Chang's family history ''Literature/WildSwans'' which recounts the sufferings endured by her family during the Cultural Revolution.
* American journalist Michael Meyer's ''The Last Days of Old Beijing'', about the three years he spent living in one of the ''hutong''s of that city teaching English, was banned for five years, supposedly not for its depiction of the lives of poor residents struggling to save their historic neighborhoods from urban-renewal projects spearheaded by corrupt officials for their developer friends [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2013/08/what_s_a_book_tour_like_in_china_the_author_of_a_book_on_beijing_returns.html but for showing mainland China and Taiwan in different colors on a map in the frontispiece]]. Five years after publication in the U.S., the ban was lifted, and his Chinese publisher sent him on a book tour. However, by his count the Chinese edition still cut almost a page's worth of passages. "Better 400 pages of book than no book at all. In China, you take what you can get," he said.

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* Jung Chang's family history ''Literature/WildSwans'' ''Literature/WildSwans'', which recounts the sufferings endured by her family during the Cultural Revolution.
Revolution, is banned.
* American journalist Michael Meyer's ''The Last Days of Old Beijing'', about the three years he spent living in one of the ''hutong''s ''hutongs'' of that city teaching English, was banned for five years, supposedly not presumably for its depiction of the lives of poor residents struggling to save their historic neighborhoods from urban-renewal urban renewal projects spearheaded by corrupt officials for their developer friends friends. Apparently, though, the real reason is that [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2013/08/what_s_a_book_tour_like_in_china_the_author_of_a_book_on_beijing_returns.html but for showing it shows mainland China and Taiwan in different colors on a map in the frontispiece]]. Five years after publication in the U.S., the ban was lifted, and his Meyer's Chinese publisher sent him on a book tour. However, by his count the Chinese edition still cut almost a page's worth of passages. "Better 400 pages of book than no book at all. In China, you take what you can get," he said.



* The last episode of the historical series ''Series/TowardsTheRepublic'' was censored, as it ends with a speech by Sun Yat-sen about the merits of democracy.
** De-censored after internet release.

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* The last episode of the historical series ''Series/TowardsTheRepublic'' was censored, as it ends with a speech by Sun Yat-sen about the merits of democracy.
** De-censored
democracy. It was un-banned after internet release.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is banned due to the portrayal of time traveling, which has a blanket ban because the Chinese government declared time traveling plots to "Lack positive thoughts and meaning".

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is banned due to the portrayal of time traveling, which has a blanket ban because TimeTravel; as stated above, the Chinese government declared time traveling plots to "Lack frowns upon positive thoughts and meaning".portrayals of time travel or any "inaccurate" depictions of the past.



* Until mid 2016, Music/LadyGaga was one of the most well received Western pop stars in China. That is, until she chose to meet with the Dalai Lama and post pictures of the meeting all over Instagram. Bad move. The Chinese are a ''liiitle'' bit sensitive on this issue, and this action drew a flood of criticism from her Chinese fans. One went as far as to say "The way the Chinese feel is just like you were shaking hands with (Osama) bin Laden." Ouch. [[CaptainObvious Oh yeah, and she got banned as well.]]
* Music/GunsNRoses have an album entitled ''Chinese Democracy''. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why this is banned, does it?
* The littlest things rile up the censors, apparently. The newest Music/PetShopBoys album ''Yes'' was almost banned over the final track "Legacy", due to this verse: "Time will pass/''governments fall''/Glaciers melt/Hurricanes bawl" (emphasis added). Both parties allowed its release on the condition that the song be left as an instrumental.

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* Until mid 2016, Music/LadyGaga was one of the most well received best-received Western pop stars in China. That is, until she chose to meet with the Dalai Lama and post pictures of the meeting all over Instagram. Bad move. The Chinese are a ''liiitle'' bit sensitive on this issue, and this action drew a flood of criticism from Not only did that get her banned in China, but her Chinese fans. One fanbase was so disgusted that one went as far as to say "The say, "the way the Chinese feel is just like you were shaking hands with (Osama) bin Laden." Ouch. [[CaptainObvious Oh yeah, and she got banned as well.]]
Ouch.
* Music/GunsNRoses have an album entitled ''Chinese Democracy''. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why this is banned, does it?
was banned for the obvious reason.
* The littlest things rile up the censors, apparently. The newest Music/PetShopBoys album ''Yes'' was almost banned over the final track "Legacy", due to this verse: "Time will pass/''governments fall''/Glaciers melt/Hurricanes bawl" (emphasis added). Both parties allowed its release on the condition that the song be left as an instrumental.



* Music/{{Bjork}} was deported and is banned from re-entry into the country. Why? [[TakeThat During a Chinese tour, she began to chant "Tibet! Tibet!" during a performance of Declare Independence.]]
* When Music/TheRollingStones played China as part of a world tour, they were specifically told by the government some of their songs were forbidden, such as ''Brown Sugar'' on the grounds it was about an interracial sexual hook-up.
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}} is apparently not allowed to perform in Beijing as they were supposed to be in a Free Tibet concert, but was canceled due to bad weather.
* Painful Faith is a classic anarchist metal band, yet it is also one of the best known and well recieved band in China.
* Back in the 1960s, China banned ''its own NationalAnthem'' for a time. This occurred when the guy who wrote it was declared an enemy of the state during the UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution. During those years, it was unofficially replaced by "The East Is Red", which glorified Mao's CultOfPersonality.

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* Music/{{Bjork}} was deported and is banned from re-entry into the country. Why? [[TakeThat During a Chinese tour, she Music/{{Bjork}} began to chant "Tibet! Tibet!" during a performance of Declare Independence.]]
"Declare Independence". For this, she was deported and banned from re-entering the country, and her music was banned.
* When Music/TheRollingStones played China as part of a world tour, they were specifically told by the government some of their songs were forbidden, such as ''Brown Sugar'' on the grounds it "Brown Sugar", which was about an interracial sexual hook-up.
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}} is apparently not allowed to perform in Beijing as they were supposed for their commitment to be perform in a Free Tibet concert, but concert (which was canceled due to bad weather.
* Painful Faith is a classic anarchist metal band, yet it is also one of the best known and well recieved band in China.
weather).
* Back in the 1960s, China banned ''its its own NationalAnthem'' NationalAnthem for a time. This occurred when the guy who wrote it was declared an enemy of the state during the UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution. During those years, it was unofficially replaced by "The East Is Red", which glorified Mao's CultOfPersonality.



* China used to ban depictions of demons and human skeletons, so many ''MagicTheGathering'' cards had their art altered for release there. In 2008, however, this ban was lifted.
** Some were altered, but many were simply not released in China. None of the Chinese finalists during this period made it far in the Pro Tour finals because they simply didn't know how to play with the full collection of cards.

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* China used to ban depictions of demons and human skeletons, so many ''MagicTheGathering'' cards had their art altered for release there. In 2008, however, this ban was lifted.
** Some were altered, but
there, and many others were simply not released in China. None of the Chinese finalists during this period made it far in the Pro Tour finals because they simply didn't know how to play with the full collection of cards. The ban was lifted in 2008.



* The opera ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'' was banned for many years for depicting Chinese (Read: unintelligible eastern) culture unfavorably. The ban was repealed in the late 1990s and the opera has been since been performed on a Chinese stage on at least one occasion. There is a particularly good DVD of it being performed in the Forbidden City with a large Chinese ensemble, suggesting that they have thoroughly gotten over the ban.
* Downplayed with ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTheIMMORTALWorldTour'', a Creator/CirqueDuSoleil tour. At the first performance in China (Beijing, to be specific) in 2013, [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/world/asia/tank-man-cirque-soleil/index.html the audience was shocked]] to see the famous image of the Tiananmen Square "Tank Man" during the "They Don't Care About Us" video montage, even though the show was prescreened by the country's Ministry of Culture. The image was cut for subsequent performances in the country.

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* The opera ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'' was banned for many years for depicting Chinese (Read: (read: unintelligible eastern) Eastern) culture unfavorably. The ban was repealed in the late 1990s 1990s, and the opera has been since been performed on a Chinese stage on at least one occasion. There is a particularly good DVD of it being performed in the Forbidden City with a large Chinese ensemble, suggesting that they have thoroughly gotten over the ban.
* Downplayed with ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTheIMMORTALWorldTour'', a Creator/CirqueDuSoleil tour. At the first performance in China (Beijing, to be specific) in 2013, [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/world/asia/tank-man-cirque-soleil/index.html the audience was shocked]] to see the famous image of the Tiananmen Square "Tank Man" during the "They Don't Care About Us" video montage, even though the show was prescreened by the country's Ministry of Culture. The image was cut for subsequent performances in the country.



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* Consoles as a ''whole'' were banned in China since 2000 due to the fact that China had very little control over what was released on them. It wasn't until 2013 that they decided to lift it, but even then it was still severely restricted. Only at the start of 2014 were the rules made relaxed, with any game that China has regulated and found suitable - so no large amounts of violence, sexual nature, or, you guessed it, cases of rising up against an authoritative regime - being allowed to be produced, retailed and sold within the country.
** They could afford it, as the ''iQue Player'' was a console Nintendo made so that the Chinese government could have full control over their console market. Needless to say, it was the only home console that didn't suffer from this ban.
** Importation ban formally lifted in 2014.

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* Consoles as a ''whole'' were Between 2000 and 2013, China banned in China since 2000 due to ''all'' video game consoles, largely because the fact that China government had very little control over what was released on them. It wasn't until 2013 that they decided to lift it, but even then it was still severely restricted. Only at the start of 2014 were the rules Then Nintendo made relaxed, with any game that China has regulated and found suitable - so no large amounts of violence, sexual nature, or, you guessed it, cases of rising up against an authoritative regime - being allowed to be produced, retailed and sold within the country.
** They could afford it, as
the ''iQue Player'' was a console Nintendo made so that specifically for the Chinese government could have full control over their console market. Needless to say, it was the only home console market, and that didn't suffer from this ban.
** Importation ban formally lifted in 2014.
allowed China to ease into allowing importation of video games and consoles again, just with strict regulation of the type of game that can be imported.



* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals -- Zero Hour'' has also been banned, allegedly for smearing the image of China and its military, which is shown in the games as being somewhat sympathetic, if a little brutal, nuke-happy, Geneva-prohibited-incendiary-weapons-happy, propaganda-happy, and land-mines-happy, though not suicide-happy and anthrax-happy like the GLA. This may also have to do with the depiction of a GLA nuclear attack in Tiananmen Square in the beginning of the Chinese Campaign in the original game.
** Interestingly, despite the above case, ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' is banned in China yet rather popular there. This may have to do with the fact that China wasn’t big on either the Soviet Union during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar or Japan in [[UsefulNotes/FirstSinoJapaneseWar various]] [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar other]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII conflicts]].
** Both of them are intensively modded by Chinese players.

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* Some ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' games have been banned in China, which doesn't stop them from being some of the most played and modded games there:
**
''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals -- Zero Hour'' has also been banned, was banned for allegedly for smearing the image of China and its military, which is shown in the games as being somewhat sympathetic, if a little brutal, nuke-happy, Geneva-prohibited-incendiary-weapons-happy, propaganda-happy, and land-mines-happy, though not suicide-happy and anthrax-happy like the GLA. This may also have to do with the depiction of a GLA nuclear attack in Tiananmen Square in the beginning of the Chinese Campaign in the original game.
** Interestingly, despite the above case, ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' is banned in China yet rather popular there. This may have to do with the fact that be because China wasn’t big on either the Soviet Union during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar or Japan in [[UsefulNotes/FirstSinoJapaneseWar various]] [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar other]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII conflicts]].
** Both of them are intensively modded by Chinese players.
conflicts]].



* ''[[{{VideoGame/Battlefield4}} Battlefield 4]]'' has been banned due to the, supposedly, discrediting of China's national image as well as a threat to national security, in which the Chinese Ministry claims that the game shows it a "cultural invasion."
* Having the North Koreans as bad guys in the FPS ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' seems like a transparent attempt to avoid being banned in China. Set in the year 2020, they have landed on an island in the South China sea, and possess gear more advanced than they would be likely to have, like a large guided missile cruiser and nanotech suits for their elite guard. Their presence in the region and their capabilities would seem much more plausible if they were Chinese. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen To add to that, if you look at early concept art and search through the game files, you will find that China was originally going to be the enemy human faction in game.]]
* The game ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'' does basically the same thing: North Korea seemingly subjugates Japan and all of Southeast Asia before ''invading the US'' some TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. WordOfGod confirms that the villains were originally going to be Chinese, but they changed it when they were told that this could result in not only the game but the entire development team being banned from China. Amusingly, the game's now banned in both the Koreas.
* ''Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising'' is a game placing the player in the role of a [[SemperFi United States Marine]] as part of an operation to liberate a Russian oil-rich island from Chinese invaders. There is no attempt to disguise the enemy; they are blatantly the PLA, with weapons and equipment modeled as accurately as possible based on whatever information the developers could find. It is also, apparently, an ''aversion.'' The game is not banned in China. If [[http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=en=y&u=http%3A%2F%2Fgame.people.com.cn%2FGB%2F48601%2F48627%2F10162052.html&sl=auto&tl=en&history_state0= this]] Google-translated article is to be believed, the game is appreciated for its accurate modeling of PLA gear and the opportunity to "play as the enemy."

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* ''[[{{VideoGame/Battlefield4}} Battlefield 4]]'' has been banned due to the, supposedly, for allegedly discrediting of China's national image as well as and presenting a threat to national security, in which the Chinese Ministry claims that the game shows it security as a "cultural invasion."
invasion".
* Having the North Koreans as bad guys in the FPS ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' seems like a transparent attempt to avoid being banned in China. Set in the year 2020, they have landed on an island in the South China sea, Sea, and possess gear more advanced than they would be likely to have, like a large guided missile cruiser and nanotech suits for their elite guard. Their presence in the region and their capabilities would seem much more plausible if they were Chinese. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen To add to that, And if you look at early concept art and search through the game files, you will find that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen China was originally going to be the enemy human faction in game.]]
* The game ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'' does basically the same thing: North Korea seemingly subjugates Japan and all of Southeast Asia before ''invading the US'' some TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. WordOfGod confirms that the villains were originally going to be Chinese, but they changed it when they were told that this could result in not only the game but the entire development team being banned from China. Amusingly, the game's now banned in both the Koreas.
* ''Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising'' is a game placing the player in the role of a [[SemperFi United States Marine]] as part of an operation to liberate a Russian oil-rich island from Chinese invaders. There is no attempt to disguise the enemy; they are blatantly the PLA, with weapons and equipment modeled as accurately as possible based on whatever information the developers could find. It is also, apparently, an ''aversion.'' The game is not This was apparently enough to get it ''not'' banned in China. If [[http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=en=y&u=http%3A%2F%2Fgame.people.com.cn%2FGB%2F48601%2F48627%2F10162052.html&sl=auto&tl=en&history_state0= this]] Google-translated article is to be believed, the game is appreciated for its accurate modeling of PLA gear and the opportunity to "play as the enemy."



* Chinese censorship extends so far that all internet access from the country goes through a "Great Firewall" that blocks out "subversive" or "objectionable" sites. Of course, Chinese tend to know workarounds for this.
** Blocked sites of note include Website/{{Google}}'s Blogspot, [=Flickr=], Website/{{Twitter}}, Website/DeviantArt, and Website/{{Facebook}}. Western news sites such as [[Creator/TheBBC BBC News]], Creator/{{CNN}}, and the New York Times are also banned. You can get Google HK (Hong Kong), though, if you use the hotel room's internet connection. While the censorship do not extend to Hong Kong, the terms of condition of Yahoo HK forbids Hong Kong users (technically, users under ZIP Code 852) from viewing moderated restricted contents in Flickr. However, one can bypass the restriction by registering US account by using ZIP Code of any state within US in Yahoo US and having the computer's region set as US (or in the case of [=PS3=] & [=PS4=] browser, setting system language as English).
** As far as video sharing sites are concerned, most US-based video sharing sites are blocked, including Website/{{Youtube}}. Odd thing about Youtube, though; the video servers are always banned, but everything else is unbanned for certain college campuses.
*** The main reason for blocking Youtube and Facebook was not "subversion" but the fact that those sites were used to co-ordinate the Xinjiang riots/spread information about them afterwards.
*** Another reason for blocking video sharing sites was to keep pornographic materials away from China.
*** Interestingly, China has their own replacement for video sharing sites for the locals, such as Tudou and Youku.
*** However, [[ImageBoards 4chan]] isn't blocked. Make of that what you will.
** Interestingly, Creator/FoxNewsChannel and {{MSNBC}} are not banned in China (the former being far more critical of China than the latter), and Google HK's status is spotty. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. This means for tropers in China, the Wiki search will be snail paced slow.

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* Chinese Internet censorship extends so far that is famous for its "Great Firewall", which filters all internet access from traffic through the country goes through a "Great Firewall" that and blocks out "subversive" or "objectionable" sites. Of course, the Chinese tend to know workarounds for this.
** Part of the problem is ostensibly easy transfer of information; social networking sites like Facebook have been used to coordinate protests and political action the government doesn't like. But there are Chinese social networking sites, search engines, and video sharing sites, which presumably have an easier time monitoring their users and blocking sensitive content.
** Blocked sites of note include Website/{{Google}}'s Blogspot, [=Flickr=], Website/{{Twitter}}, Website/DeviantArt, and Website/{{Facebook}}. Western news sites such as [[Creator/TheBBC BBC News]], Creator/{{CNN}}, and the New York Times are also banned. You can get Google HK (Hong Kong), though, if you use the hotel room's internet connection. While the censorship do not extend to Hong Kong, the terms of condition of Yahoo HK forbids Hong Kong users (technically, users under ZIP Code 852) from viewing moderated restricted contents in Flickr. However, one can bypass the restriction by registering US account by using ZIP Code of any state within US in Yahoo US and having the computer's region set as US (or in the case of [=PS3=] & [=PS4=] browser, setting system language as English).
** As far as
Most video sharing sites are concerned, most US-based video sharing sites are also blocked, including Website/{{Youtube}}. Odd thing about Youtube, though; Website/{{YouTube}}, although everything other than the video servers are always banned, but everything else is unbanned for unblocked on certain college campuses.
*** The main reason for blocking Youtube and Facebook was not "subversion" but the fact that those sites were used to co-ordinate the Xinjiang riots/spread information about them afterwards.
*** Another reason for blocking video sharing sites was to keep pornographic materials away from China.
*** Interestingly, China has their own replacement for video sharing sites for the locals, such as Tudou and Youku.
*** However,
campuses. [[ImageBoards 4chan]] isn't blocked. Make is ''not'' blocked; make of that what you will.
** Interestingly, Creator/FoxNewsChannel and {{MSNBC}} are not banned in China (the former being far more critical of China than One way to circumvent the latter), and ban is to go through a Hong Kong search engine, including Hong Kong's versions of Google HK's status or Yahoo search, which you can probably access through a Chinese hotel's Internet connection. Hong Kong is spotty. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. This means for tropers in China, not affected by the Wiki search will be snail paced slow. Great Firewall, but their sites might have terms of service prohibiting access to certain content from certain regions -- which you can bypass by registering a US account and changing the browser's region.



* In July 2009, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology voluntarily encouraged computer manufacturers to include a censoring software called "Green Dam Youth Escort", either pre-installed or on CD, with every computer sold, to help "build a healthy and [[MemeticMutation harmonious]] online environment that does not poison young people's minds." Of course, it was plagued by the ScunthorpeProblem in its poorly-written pornography filter (which was so sensitive that it even blocked pictures of ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} and pigs, as they have large area of skin tones, and thus appear to be pornography), a password system that was so broken that it could be "cracked by elementary school students", and alleged plagiarism of blacklists and open source code from other software.
** The Internet being what it is, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Green_dam3.jpg Green Dam]] was not immune to MoeAnthropomorphism. She even has her very own {{doujinshi}} game.
* {{Wikipedia}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blocking_of_Wikipedia_in_mainland_China alternates]] between full ban and ban of topics such as Taiwan and the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
** Lifted after June 2013.
** The Chinese-language Wikipedias are completely blocked (although some universities apparently allow their students to access them in exchange for payment of an extra fee).
* On January 7th, 2016, Creator/{{Netflix}} made a surprise announcement that they have become available globally, and only four countries remaining can't get them. Three of the countries (Syria, Crimea and North Korea) remained blocked due to US embargoes. The remaining country? China. However, they mentioned that they're still trying to find ways to do business in China, an indication that this trope is being played straight.
* [[MainPage tvtropes.org]] itself appears to be banned in China. Oddly, [[Website/TheOnion theonion.com]] is not...

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* In July 2009, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology voluntarily encouraged computer manufacturers to include a censoring software called "Green Dam Youth Escort", either pre-installed or on CD, with every computer sold, sold in China. The idea was to help "build a healthy and [[MemeticMutation harmonious]] online environment that does not poison young people's minds." Of course, it was plagued by the ScunthorpeProblem in its poorly-written pornography filter (which was so sensitive that it even blocked pictures of ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} and pigs, as they have large area of skin tones, and thus appear to be pornography), a password system that was so broken that it could be "cracked by elementary school students", students," and alleged plagiarism of blacklists and open source code from other software.
**
software. The Internet being what it is, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Green_dam3.jpg Green Dam]] was also not immune to MoeAnthropomorphism. She MoeAnthropomorphism; she even has her very own {{doujinshi}} game.
* {{Wikipedia}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blocking_of_Wikipedia_in_mainland_China alternates]] between full ban and ban of topics such as Taiwan and the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
** Lifted after June 2013.
** The
Massacre. It's been more or less un-banned in English since 2013, but Chinese-language Wikipedias are completely blocked (although outside of some universities apparently allow their universities, which charge students to access them in exchange for payment of an extra fee).
access.
* On January 7th, 2016, Creator/{{Netflix}} made a surprise announcement that they have become available globally, and only four countries remaining can't get them. Three of the countries (Syria, Crimea Crimea, and North Korea) remained blocked due to US embargoes. The remaining country? China. However, they mentioned that they're still trying to find ways to do business in fourth is China, an indication that this trope although Netflix is being played straight.
working on it.
* [[MainPage tvtropes.org]] itself ThisVeryWiki appears to be banned in China. Oddly, [[Website/TheOnion theonion.com]] is not...This very page probably doesn't help.



* Averted with two feature animations set in China: ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', which saw a limited release - with Creator/JackieChan as Li Shang! - even though a few thought it wouldn't occur because Disney financed ''Kundun'', and ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', which was ''praised'' and even made the Chinese wonder why they couldn't make a movie like this. [[note]] For starters, Confucian values would never have allowed a son to go against his father, like Po not wanting to run the noodle shop like his dad wants, no matter how obviously mismatched their goals are. Rebellion in general is obviously frowned upon, and so is disobedience; a short featuring the Beijing Olympics mascots was banned because one of them would've had to be naughty in order for the plot to work, and Olympic mascots can't be naughty.[[/note]] And now ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is being co-produced ''by'' China.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E12GooGooGaiPan "Goo Goo Gai Pan"]], where the family visits China, is banned in the country because of its unfavorable reference to MaoZedong (Homer sees his body displayed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mausoleum_of_Mao_Zedong in a mausoleum]] and says "He's like a little angel who killed 50 million people.") and the scenes parodying the Tiennamen Square Massacre. The episode also has a Chinese government official say "Well, Tibet used to be pretty independent", which is something no actual Chinese official would ever say. Actually, it's hard to imagine anything in the episode that the PRC ''wouldn't'' have a problem with.

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* Averted with two feature animations China doesn't like non-Chinese animation set in China: ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', which or depicting China. The exceptions:
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''
saw a limited release - with release, in spite of predictions that it would be banned in retaliation for Disney financing ''Kundun''. It even had Creator/JackieChan as the voice of Li Shang! - even though a few thought it wouldn't occur because Disney financed ''Kundun'', and ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Shang.
** ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' saw release to great critical acclaim in China,
which was ''praised'' and even made led the Chinese to wonder why they couldn't make have made a movie like this. [[note]] For starters, that themselves. (The main reason for that is that traditional Confucian values are so strict in terms of avoiding conflict, especially with one's elders, that many of the driving conflicts in the film would never have allowed a son to go against his father, like Po not wanting to run the noodle shop like his dad wants, no matter how obviously mismatched their goals are. Rebellion be unacceptable in general is obviously frowned upon, and so is disobedience; a short featuring the Beijing Olympics mascots was banned because one of them would've had to be naughty in order for the plot to work, and Olympic mascots can't be naughty.[[/note]] And now ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is being co-produced ''by'' China.
China.) The Chinese fixed this by co-producing ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E12GooGooGaiPan "Goo Goo Gai Pan"]], where the family visits China, is banned in the country for pretty much everything, but particularly because of its unfavorable reference to MaoZedong (Homer sees his body displayed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mausoleum_of_Mao_Zedong in a mausoleum]] and says says, "He's like a little angel who killed 50 million people.") and the "), scenes parodying the Tiennamen Tiananmen Square Massacre. The episode also has Massacre, and a Chinese government official say who says, "Well, Tibet used to be pretty independent", which is something no actual Chinese official would ever say. Actually, it's hard to imagine anything in the episode that the PRC ''wouldn't'' have a problem with.independent."
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As one of the most authoritarian major countries, UsefulNotes/{{China}} often does this, making it the TropeNamer. Censors target anything that might be read as subversive towards the current regime, negative portrayal of anyone who is Chinese, and references to the more unpleasant events in China's history, with a special emphasis on recent history. This gives the Chinese government influence in what foreigners, hungry for the money of the growing Chinese audience, put into their books, shows, and movies. Due to the thriving and largely unpoliced (and unpoliceable) pirating industry in China, it's not as if the ban has any effect.

This may also have to do with China's pass/fail film rating system. If a film does not pass as suitable for all ages, it is rejected. Some individual theater managers have added unofficial ratings to clarify the content of a passed film.

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As one of the most authoritarian major countries, UsefulNotes/{{China}} often does this, making it the TropeNamer. Censors target anything that might be read as subversive towards the current regime, negative portrayal of anyone who is Chinese, and references to the more unpleasant events in China's history, with a special emphasis on recent history. This gives the Chinese government influence in what foreigners, hungry for the money of the growing Chinese audience, put into their books, shows, and movies. movies.

Due to the thriving and largely unpoliced (and unpoliceable) pirating industry in China, for most audiences, it's not as if the ban has any effect.

effect. However, these policies (along with countless other deliberately vague rules) had major impacts on Chinese media creators, whose development had stagnated almost entirely for many years. Many works were often edited and watered down to ridiculous extents just to pass, rendering significant amounts of efforts put into the work null. Many more are straight up cut entirely, and one could say that China often bans works that it created itself.

This may also have to do with China's pass/fail film rating system. If a film does not pass as suitable for all ages, it is rejected. Unlike many other nations, China does not have a content rating system. A work is either yay for everyone or nay for everyone. Some individual theater managers have added unofficial ratings to clarify the content of a passed film.
film, but those are a rarity and are still subject to the initial pass-or-fail sifting process.
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* The 2016 ''{{Ghostbusters|2016}}'' reboot. It's been claimed that the movie was barred from release there due to an obscure guideline against the depictions of supernatural beings and ghosts, but a financing partner for the movie, based in China, clarified that the real reason was because [[http://www.polygon.com/2016/7/13/12179968/ghostbusters-release-china there was little hype for the movie in that region]].
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* Until quite recently, Music/LadyGaga was one of the most well received Western pop stars in China. That is, until she chose to meet with the Dalai Lama and post pictures of the meeting all over Instagram. Bad move. The Chinese are a ''liiitle'' bit sensitive on this issue, and this action drew a flood of criticism from her Chinese fans. One went as far as to say "The way the Chinese feel is just like you were shaking hands with (Osama) bin Laden." Ouch. [[CaptainObvious Oh yeah, and she got banned as well.]]

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* Until quite recently, mid 2016, Music/LadyGaga was one of the most well received Western pop stars in China. That is, until she chose to meet with the Dalai Lama and post pictures of the meeting all over Instagram. Bad move. The Chinese are a ''liiitle'' bit sensitive on this issue, and this action drew a flood of criticism from her Chinese fans. One went as far as to say "The way the Chinese feel is just like you were shaking hands with (Osama) bin Laden." Ouch. [[CaptainObvious Oh yeah, and she got banned as well.]]
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* Until quite recently, Music/LadyGaga was one of the most well received Western pop stars in China. That is, until she chose to meet with the Dalai Lama and post pictures of the meeting all over Instagram. Bad move. The Chinese are a ''liiitle'' bit sensitive on this issue, and this action drew a flood of criticism from her Chinese fans. One went as far as to say "The way the Chinese feel is just like you were shaking hands with (Osama) bin Laden." Ouch. [[CaptainObvious Oh yeah, and she got banned as well.]]
24th May '16 3:32:30 AM RAMChYLD
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* The Film/BackToTheFuture trilogy has been banned in China due to the portrayal of time traveling, which has a blanket ban because the Chinese government declared time traveling plots to be "sentimental" and "unproductive". This ban also covers the adaptations of H. G. Well's ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''.

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* The Film/BackToTheFuture trilogy has been banned in China due to the portrayal of time traveling, which has a blanket ban because the Chinese government declared time traveling plots to be "sentimental" "Lack positive thoughts and "unproductive".meaning". This ban also covers the adaptations of H. G. Well's ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is banned due to the portrayal of time traveling, which has a blanket ban because the Chinese government declared time traveling plots to be "sentimental" and "unproductive"

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is banned due to the portrayal of time traveling, which has a blanket ban because the Chinese government declared time traveling plots to be "sentimental" "Lack positive thoughts and "unproductive"meaning".
21st May '16 5:19:08 PM nombretomado
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** Blocked sites of note include Website/{{Google}}'s Blogspot, [=Flickr=], Website/{{Twitter}}, Website/DeviantArt, and Website/{{Facebook}}. Western news sites such as [[Creator/TheBBC BBC News]], Creator/{{CNN}}, and the New York Times are also banned. You can get Google HK (Hong Kong), though, if you use the hotel room's internet connection. While the censorship do not extend to Hong Kong, the terms of condition of Yahoo HK forbids Hong Kong users (technically, users under ZIP Code 852) from viewing moderated restricted contents in Flickr. However, one can bypass the restriction by registering US account by using ZIP Code of any state within US in Yahoo US and having the computer's region set as US (or in the case of PS3 & PS4 browser, setting system language as English).

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** Blocked sites of note include Website/{{Google}}'s Blogspot, [=Flickr=], Website/{{Twitter}}, Website/DeviantArt, and Website/{{Facebook}}. Western news sites such as [[Creator/TheBBC BBC News]], Creator/{{CNN}}, and the New York Times are also banned. You can get Google HK (Hong Kong), though, if you use the hotel room's internet connection. While the censorship do not extend to Hong Kong, the terms of condition of Yahoo HK forbids Hong Kong users (technically, users under ZIP Code 852) from viewing moderated restricted contents in Flickr. However, one can bypass the restriction by registering US account by using ZIP Code of any state within US in Yahoo US and having the computer's region set as US (or in the case of PS3 [=PS3=] & PS4 [=PS4=] browser, setting system language as English).
24th Apr '16 7:23:10 PM comicwriter
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* Co-writer C. Robert Cargill admitted this was the main reason behind the controversial decision to "[[RaceLift whitewash]]" The Ancient One in ''Film/DoctorStrange''. China has become such a huge market for Marvel films that the studio didn't want to risk pissing off the Chinese censors by casting an actor or actress from Tibet, so making the Ancient One white and British was seen as [[LesserOfTwoEvils the least offensive alternative]].
12th Apr '16 6:22:38 PM staticat09
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Interestingly, Hong Kong and Macau are free from the bans despite being a part of China, it helps that they both are Special Administration Districts.

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This may also have to do with China's pass/fail film rating system. If a film does not pass as suitable for all ages, it is rejected. Some individual theater managers have added unofficial ratings to clarify the content of a passed film.

Interestingly, Hong Kong and Macau are free from the bans despite being a part of China, it China. It helps that they both are Special Administration Districts.
Administrative Regions. (Hong Kong also has a separate rating system and censorship board, and does not rely on China for this matter.)
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