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All The Things China Has Banned In The Past 100 Years

Updated October 13, 2018 53.0k views29 items

Given the country's been under a strict Communist regime since the 1940s, it's no surprise China is home to some pretty strange laws. Over the years, China has become notorious for its ever growing list of bans. Why does China ban things? The Chinese government seeks to suppress free speech via banning anything deemed subversive. How does this pan out in reality? From the days of Mao Zedong to present, repressive legislation has resulted in some rigid and often downright bizarre bans. 

The term "subversive" is apparently subjective, as demonstrated by items that are banned in China. Most people know social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are banned and that the Communist Party is a big fan of outlawing books and banning American movies. However, did you know things like Jasmine flowers, architecture deemed "weird," and even some celebrities are not allowed in China? If you're interested to learn more, browse the list below! 

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    The Letter 'N'

    The letter 'N' was banned in China in 2018 following a decision to eliminate term limits for the country's president. 

    Status: 'N' was viewed as a reference to the terms of the office of the presidency, but the ban was quickly lifted.

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    In 2018, after the Communist Party abolished presidential term limits, Animal Farm became one of many things banned to help prevent potential protests. 

    Status: Animal Farm remains banned. 

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    After Winnie the Pooh was used in a series of memes mocking Chinese President Xi Jinping, the beloved character was marked as a censored image and phrase on China's Weibo platform.

    Status: As of 2018, the ban of Winnie the Pooh is in full effect. With no term limits in place, it seems President Xi Jinping may be in power for the foreseeable future leaving Pooh banned indefinitely. 

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    In 2018, China announced that it would block all websites dealing with cryptocurrency.

    Status: It appears that Bitcoin will not be available in China for the foreseeable future.