Sensitive Words: NPC Shockers and Disappointments

As of March 4, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).


“Representation by unelected delegates is rape.”

National People’s Congress:
– sand c**t + Beijing (沙逼+北京): Beijing was battered by a sandstorm last week, earning a nickname that plays on the curse “stupid c**t” (傻逼 shǎ bī): “sand c**t” (沙逼 shā bī).
– Two Sessions + shock (两会+雷人): “Shocking” images from the National People’s Congress are making the rounds online. See these photo galleries (1, 2) from CDT Chinese [zh]. (Together with the People’s Consultative Congress, these annual gatherings are known as the “Two Sessions.”)
– Five Do-Nots (五不搞): Do not make a system in which multiple parties govern in turn; do not diversify guiding ideologies; do not “separate the three powers” and create a bicameral system; do not federalize; do not privatize.
– Three Above-Alls (三个至上): Service to the Party above all; the interests of the people above all; constitution and laws above all.
– movie star + take a curtain call (影帝+谢幕): After delivering his “government work report” yesterday, outgoing prime minister Wen Jiabao bowed three times and took a “curtain call” in response to applause. Exiled writer Yu Jie described Wen as a movie star in his 2010 book China’s Best Actor: Wen Jiabao.
– three bows (三鞠躬)
– movie star + wen (影帝+wen)
– Wen Jiabao + housing prices (温家宝+房价): People are grumbling about the 20% tax recently added to the sale of previously owned homes. A number of netizens attribute the ever-rising price of housing to the failure Wen’s policies over the past decade.

– defend freedom of the press (捍卫新闻自由)
– suppression of public opinion (舆论钳制)

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

Browse all of CDT’s collected sensitive words in this bilingual Google spreadsheet.

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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