Infobox Top level domain

type=Country code top-level domain
registry=China Internet Network Information Center
sponsor=Chinese Academy of Sciences
intendeduse=Entities connected with flag|People's Republic of China
actualuse=Used by many sites in mainland China and sites of companies attempting to market to mainland China; much hoarding and speculation by foreigners is going onFact|date=July 2007
restrictions=Second-level and most third-level names are unrestricted; .gov.cn and .edu.cn are limited to qualified entities
structure=Names may be registered directly at the second level or at the third level within generic second-level categories or Chinese province codes
document= [http://www.cnnic.net.cn/html/Dir/2005/03/24/2861.htm China Internet Domain Name Regulations]
disputepolicy= [http://www.cnnic.net.cn/html/Dir/2003/11/27/1510.htm CNNIC Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy]
website= [http://www.cnnic.net.cn/en/index/ CNNIC] (domestic); [http://www.neulevel.cn/ Neulevel] (foreign)|

.cn is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the People's Republic of China.

The domain name administration in People's Republic of China is done through a branch of the Ministry of Information Industry. This ministry oversees everything from telecommunications to broadcasting similar to the Federal Communications Commission in the United States. The registry is maintained by China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The actual registrations are done through commercial registrars similar to other parts of the world. Neulevel has entered into a partnership with CNNIC to market .cn outside mainland China.

It is currently the second most common top-level domain, only after .com, but before .de, and .net, with over 12 million registrations. [ [http://www.cnnic.net.cn/html/Dir/2003/12/13/2020.htm Domain Names Registered Under ".CN"] , by CNNIC] [ [http://www.denic.de/en/domains/statistiken/domainvergleich_tlds/index.html Comparison of international Domain Numbers] by DENIC]

Second-level domains

Like most countries, people can register for second-level domain names. However, there are preset ones for certain types of organizations and geographic locations. The third-level registrations were available before second-level registrations became available in 2004, and third-level registrants were given first shot at getting their name at the second level when this was opened up.

Generic second-level domains

*."ac".cn : Academic or scientific research institutions
*."com".cn : Commercial
*."edu".cn : Educational institutions
*."gov".cn : Government agencies
*."net".cn : Internet oriented organizations
*."org".cn : Organizations

Second-level domains of provinces

The two-letter abbreviations are the same as those found in GB/T 2260-2002. [ [http://news.xinhuanet.com/ziliao/2004-10/28/content_2148113.htm 中国省级行政区划一览表] ]

*."ah".cn : Anhui
*."bj".cn : Beijing
*."cq".cn : Chongqing
*."fj".cn : Fujian
*."gd".cn : Guangdong
*."gs".cn : Gansu
*."gz".cn : Guizhou
*."gx".cn : Guangxi
*."ha".cn : Henan
*."hb".cn : Hubei
*."he".cn : Hebei
*."hi".cn : Hainan
*."hl".cn : Heilongjiang
*."hn".cn : Hunan
*."jl".cn : Jilin
*."js".cn : Jiangsu
*."jx".cn : Jiangxi
*."ln".cn : Liaoning
*."nm".cn : Inner Mongolia
*."nx".cn : Ningxia
*."qh".cn : Qinghai
*."sc".cn : Sichuan
*."sd".cn : Shandong
*."sh".cn : Shanghai
*."sn".cn : Shaanxi
*."sx".cn : Shanxi
*."tj".cn : Tianjin
*."tw".cn : Taiwan
*."xj".cn : Xinjiang
*."xz".cn : Xizang
*."yn".cn : Yunnan
*."zj".cn : Zhejiang

Domain names with Chinese characters

Domain names with Chinese characters may also be registered at the second level under the .cn top-level domain.

Furthermore, CNNIC also proposes Chinese domain names in .公司 (".com" in Chinese), .网络 (".net" in Chinese) and .中国 (".china" in Chinese). However, this alternative registration system is not recognized by ICANN and is only available via domestic registrars.


* [http://www.cnnic.net.cn/html/Dir/2003/11/27/1520.htm Provisional Administrative Rules for Registration of Domain Names in China]

ee also

* .hk (Hong Kong)
* .mo (Macau)
* .tw (Taiwan)

External links

* [http://www.iana.org/root-whois/cn.htm IANA WHOIS for .cn]
* [http://www.cnnic.net.cn/en/index/ China Internet Network Information Center]
* [http://www.neulevel.cn/buycn/index.html List of Neulevel accredited registrars]
* [http://www.miit.gov.cn/ Ministry of Information Industry]

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