.cn -- China
Introduced28 November 1990[1]
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryChina Internet Network Information Center
SponsorChinese Academy of Sciences
Intended useEntities connected with
Actual useVery popular in mainland China (the largest ccTLD)[2]
Registered domains21 million (April 2017)[1]
StructureNames may be registered directly at the second level or at the third level within generic second-level categories or Chinese province codes
DocumentsChina Internet Domain Name Regulations
Dispute policiesChina ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy and China ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy Rules
Registry websiteCNNIC (General)

.cn is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the People's Republic of China introduced on 28 November 1990. Domain name administration in mainland China is managed through a branch of the Ministry of Industry and Information. The registry is maintained by China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). Entities connected to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan often use .hk, .mo, .tw respectively, despite their corresponding second-level domains under .cn available for those regions. The Chinese alphabet internationalized country code is ".中国".

Second-level domains

Any individual may register for second-level domain names. However, the registry has created a set of predefined second-level domains for certain types of organizations and geographic locations. Registrations for such third-level domains were available before second-level domains became available in 2003, and registrants of third-level domains were given priority for names at the second level.

Generic second-level domains

Second-level domains of provinces

The two-letter abbreviations are the same as those found in the People's Republic of China National Standards "Codes for the administrative divisions of the People's Republic of China (GB/T 2260-2002)."[3]

Internationalized domain names with Chinese characters

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

On 25 June 2010, ICANN approved the use of the internationalized country code top-level domains ".中国" (China in simplified Chinese characters, DNS name xn--fiqs8s) and ".中國" (China in traditional Chinese characters, DNS name xn--fiqz9s) by CNNIC.[4] These two TLDs were added to the DNS in July 2010.

CNNIC proposed around this time Chinese domain names in ".公司" (".com" in Chinese) and ".网络" (".net" in Chinese). However, these have not been recognized by ICANN yet and are only available via domestic domain name registrars.

Around 15 other generic domain names with Chinese characters have later been registered. See List of Internet top-level domains#Chinese characters.

See also


  1. ^ Chinanews.com. "Chinanews.com Archived 2013-01-01 at archive.today." 中國接入互聯網. Retrieved on 2009-07-30.
  2. ^ DENIC (July 2017). "Comparison of international Domain Numbers Top 10 largest TLDs list". Archived from the original on 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  3. ^ "中国省级行政区划一览表". News.xinhuanet.com. 2002-10-01. Archived from the original on November 20, 2004. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  4. ^ "Adopted Board Resolutions | Brussels | 25 June 2010". ICANN. Retrieved 2012-01-15.