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.cn -- China's Internet address
Introduced November 28, 1990[1]
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry China Internet Network Information Center
Sponsor Chinese Academy of Sciences
Intended use Entities connected with People's Republic of China
Actual use Very popular in China (5th largest ccTLD)
Structure Names may be registered directly at the second level or at the third level within generic second-level categories or Chinese province codes
Documents China Internet Domain Name Regulations
Dispute policies CNNIC Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
Website CNNIC (domestic); NeuStar (foreign)

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

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). Neulevel has entered into a partnership with CNNIC to market .cn outside mainland China.


  • Second-level domains 1
    • Generic second-level domains 1.1
    • Second-level domains of provinces 1.2
    • Internationalized domain names with Chinese characters 1.3
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

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 2004, and registrants of third-level domains were given priority for names at the second level.

Generic second-level domains

  • : Academic institutions
  • : Industrial, commercial, financial enterprises
  • : Educational institutions
  • : Government departments
  • : Military
  • : Networks, NICs and NOCs
  • : Non-profit organizations

Second-level domains of provinces

The two-letter abbreviations are the same as those found in GB/T 2260-2002.[2]

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 June 25, 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.[3] These two TLDs were added to the DNS in July 2010.

CNNIC proposes Chinese domain names in .公司 (".com" in Chinese) and .网络 (".net" in Chinese). However, these are not recognized by ICANN and are only available via domestic domain name registrar.

See also


  1. ^ "" 中國接入互聯網. Retrieved on 2009-07-30.
  2. ^ "中国省级行政区划一览表". 2002-10-01. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Adopted Board Resolutions | Brussels | 25 June 2010". ICANN. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  • Provisional Administrative Rules for Registration of Domain Names in China

External links

  • IANA WHOIS for .cn
  • China Internet Network Information Center
  • List of Neustar accredited registrars
  • Ministry of Information Industry
  • Directory of .cn domain names and their owners
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