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.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.

.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 mainland China (the largest ccTLD)[2]
Registered domains 20,868,593 (March 20, 2017)[1]
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
Registry Website CNNIC (domestic); NeuStar (foreign)


Second-level domainsEdit

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 domainsEdit

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

Second-level domains of provincesEdit

The two-letter abbreviations are the same as those found in GB/T 2260-2002.[3]

Internationalized domain names with Chinese charactersEdit

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 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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ " Archived 2013-01-01 at" 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". Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  3. ^ "中国省级行政区划一览表". 2002-10-01. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  4. ^ "Adopted Board Resolutions | Brussels | 25 June 2010". ICANN. Retrieved 2012-01-15.

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