Mr. CDN, Tear Down This Wall

The Great Firewall of China | Illustrator: Megan Pendergrass

Yes, I’m talking about China’s Great Firewall. It’s standing in between developers and millions of users in Mainland China.

China’s internet censorship goes beyond content. In 2014 China blocked Edgecast, a multi-million dollar CDN owned by Verizon, and this move has affected thousands of websites.

At the same time, a large marjority of , if not all, of Google’s service is unaccessible from within mainland China. This also affects Google Fonts, Google’s CDN for jQuery, etc. To top it off, even GitHub is blocked in China.

Such internet censorship means that when your site is at high risk of breaking when it loads in front of millions of users of the world’s second largest economy.

To solve this problem, a lot of Chinese internet companies host CDN services that make websites more stable when accessed from within mainland China.

Below are a few links for some major JavaScript libraries and free web font services we use on a daily basis:

Google Font

<link href='http://fonts.useso.com/css?family=Open+Sans' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

Font Awesome

<link href="//cdn.bootcss.com/font-awesome/4.6.3/css/font-awesome.css" rel="stylesheet">

jQuery

<script src="http://cdn.bootcss.com/jquery/3.1.0/core.js"></script>

jQuery UI

<script src="http://upcdn.b0.upaiyun.com/libs/jqueryui/jquery.ui-1.10.2.min.js"></script>

Angular.js

<script src="//cdn.bootcss.com/angular.js/2.0.0-beta.17/angular2-all.umd.dev.js"></script>

React.js

<script src="//cdn.bootcss.com/react/15.3.1/react-dom-server.min.js"></script>

Bootstrap

<link href="//lib.sinaapp.com/js/bootstrap/3.0.0/css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

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Finally, if you want to keep track of which websites or CDNs are blocked from within mainland China, both ViewDns.info and Great Firewall of China are pretty good resources.

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