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what do you want to know about China?
what are expecting from China?

 9:53 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Going back to China next week! I might be able to offer more accurate data when I am in China.

What your guys want to know about China? What will you do with China in the coming years?



 4:20 am on Jul 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well for one I would be very interested to see some more data about site access times. (The importance of hosting Top Sites in China; Myth or Reality? [webmasterworld.com]) Could you pick a bunch of sites and do some comparative speed tests inside and outside China? Of course the greater the number of sites the better, but I don't want to overload you. A report like that could impact the way a lot of us host our sites.


 4:46 am on Jul 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Many have asked who can register which types of sites where.
Lets say I'm in California. Could I host a site in Hong Kong a www.example.cn domain?
Or, do I have to host in on the mainland itself?


 7:24 am on Jul 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

larryhatch you can certainly register a .cn domain from outside China.

Second level .cn domain names are officially available for companies and organizations worldwide. Although individual ownership is strictly prohibited for individuals in China, it is quite easy for individuals residing outside China to purchase them.


 8:12 am on Jul 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

[quoted]Well for one I would be very interested to see some more data about site access times. [/quoted]

That is the main question of me as well. I just phoned one of my people in China, he confirmed that it is very slow when visiting foreign sites, but he can not offer any data on it. I can do some tracerts to main hosting companies in America & Europe to see the speed when I am in China.

I was in China half an year ago, at that time it was almost impossible for me to visit my own site which is hosted in the Netherlands.

For many of you who just want to know some stats of Internet in China, you should visit

That is the government who controls the whole Internet in China. You will find information such as domain registration, stats of Internet development in China, etc.

You can also find the connection speed from China to outside countries there.

If you understand Chinese, here is a nice flash, move your mouse to certain ISP, it will show the connection speed to outside world.

A JPG version is also avaiable with a little English translation on it.

I will stay in China for 3 weeks this time, I will inform your guys when I am in China.


 12:13 pm on Jul 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thank you guoqi (and moderator Bill too of course!)

I have no plans to open a .cn site for now, but like many here, I would
like to know more about the details and possible pit-falls.

There are a number of issues, connection speeds, censorship etc.
On a more positive note, this looks like a wonderful way to open some doors.
The language barrier is the 'Great Wall' for me.
I have met any number of Chinese who speak passable to excellent English.
I have yet to meet a 'round-eyed' Californian who can begin to speak
any sort of convincing Chinese!

On my one visit there 20 years ago, I started to copy some Chinese
ideographs onto a letter I was writing home.
I was copying them the way a naturalist might try to reproduce the form
of some plant or animal.

"No no!" protested a kind and helpful man there.
"Do it like this!" [ stroke - stroke - stroke ..]

Very good people. -Larry


 12:20 pm on Jul 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

i would LOVE to find out any stats on the uptake/usage of credit cards in china, but have had great difficulty tracking this down. if b2c webmarketing ever actually moces ahead in china they are going to need a credit card to pay; how many have them and what are the growth prospects?


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