Sensitive Words: Qidong, Brainwashing and More

Sensitive Words: Qidong, Brainwashing and More

As of July 31, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):


Protesters in Qidong.

Qidong Protests: Protests over the weekend lead to the cancellation of a planned pipeline for waste water from the Oji Paper plant. Production at the plant resumed yesterday. See also the July 29 list of sensitive words.

  • Qidong (启冬): The second character in the city’s name, “east” (东), is replaced with the homophone “winter” (冬).
  • QiWest (启西): QiSouth (启南) and QiNorth (启北) are still searchable.
  • qiEast (qi东)
  • Qidong (起东): The first character (启) is replaced with the homophone “rise” (起).
  • Oji Paper (王子纸业)


Hong Kong Protests: Students and activists are demonstrating against compulsory patriotism classes to be introduced in the fall, denouncing the curriculum as “red brainwashing education” [zh].

  • brainwashing (洗脑)




Note: All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.

CDT Chinese runs a project that crowd-sources filtered keywords on Sina Weibo search. CDT independently tests the keywords before posting them, but some searches later become accessible again. We welcome readers to contribute to this project so that we can include the most up-to-date information. To add words, check out the form at the bottom of CDT Chinese’s latest sensitive words post.

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