Young Chinese on mobile phones © AP Images - Kim Suk - Imagine China
Young Chinese on mobile phones
AP Images - Kim Suk - Imagine China

Helan Online

Telling the untold stories from and about China
Helan Online deals with sensitive issues by weaving deftly through the maze of Chinese censorship. A team of young bloggers and journalists raises critical questions on issues from politics and economics to education and culture.

The Helan Online platform and its associated social media channels target young urban Chinese.

The site raises critical questions by revealing Chinese issues in the ‘mirror’ of Dutch and European current affairs, and provides a stage for personal stories from young people in China. 

Helan Online content is regularly republished by state media, The People’s Daily and China Radio, both of which have a vast reach. Helan Online also has a vibrant presence on Twitter and Chinese social media. Successful content receives millions of views and thousands of likes and comments.

Other Chinese news sites who regularly take Helan Online content include:

- China Digital Times, an independent, bilingual media organisation that brings uncensored news and online voices from China to the world.



Webstats for Helan Online (from May 2013 to January 2015):

  • Visits: 1,800,000
  • Pageviews: 5,100,000

Most viewed stories:

Twitter report on Jinpings’ visit in March 2014:

  • Pageviews: 14,080,221
  • Shares and comments: 4,614

Every voice counts song contest: 55,750 pageviews


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