10 Surprisingly Ridiculous Things Banned in China

RealClear Staff


The People’s Republic of China is known for being strict. The ruling Communist Party keeps stringent tabs on all Chinese citizens. Even so, you still might be surprised by some of the strange and random things they pick to regulate.

Here are the most ridiculous things that have been banned in China.

10. Alice in Wonderland

The children's classic Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is banned in China. 

The reason? China doesn’t like the story because the animals talk. Yes, you read that correctly.

When animals use the human language, it apparently puts animals and humans on the same level, which is a catastrophe. 

9. Jasmine

The almighty Chinese Communist Party is worried about a dainty flower ruining their power party.

After the “Jasmine Revolution” in Tunisia in 2011, the Communist government has banned anything to do with the flower. You cannot sell it, grow it, or even talk about it. Wow!

8. Foreign Films

The Chinese government supposedly only allows 34 foreign films to be shown in theaters each year.

Approved foreign films still get the Communist censorship treatment, and they cut anything the Communist Party considers offensive or subversive.

Enjoy the show!

7. Harrison Ford & Brad Pitt

There are many celebrities that are banned in China. Harrison Ford and Richard Gere cannot enter the country after they expressed their support for Tibetan Independence.

Brad Pitt is banned simply for starring in the movie “Seven Years In Tibet.”

6. Twitter

Sorry Twitter fans, but you cannot tweet from the People’s Republic of China.

The social media site cannot be accessed from within the so-called "Great Firewall of China," a censorship project operated by the Communist Party.

Thousands of websites cannot be viewed inside China either, but social media sites and platforms draw special attention from censors.

5. Avatar in 2D

'Avatar' was initially a great success in China, but was banned a few weeks latter because it was becoming too popular.

The political idea of people siding with an indigenous population against an imperialistic force was perceived as a threat to the Chinese government.

Only the 2D version is banned though. The Chinese people can still enjoy the movie in 3D. Makes total sense.

4. Green Eggs & Ham

The beloved children’s book by Dr. Seuss was not allowed within the borders of China for nearly 30 years.

In 1965, The People’s Republic of China decided they did not like the book on the account of its portrayal of Marxism. Marxism in Dr. Seuss? Ok then.

However, the ban was lifted when Dr. Seuss died in 1991.

3. Casinos & Gambling

No black jack or betting tables in China! Beijing outlawed gambling in 1949, and casinos aren’t allowed to operate anywhere in China. 

The laws are so strict that even advertising nearby casinos in other countries is forbidden.

2. Video Game Consoles

In 2000, the Chinese government enacted a ban on all video game consoles to prevent the youth from wasting their time and not working.

In January 2014, they temporarily lifted a 14 year old ban on selling video game consoles, but time will tell how long that will last. 

1. Facebook

In 2009, as Facebook was gaining a lot of popularity, China banned it from the country. The ban could be due to riots that broke out, government censorship, or protection of domestic companies. 

China now has their own social media platform that actually has more users than Facebook, but it is very censored and highly controlled.



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