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.CN Domain Name

.CN Domain Names

The .cn Registry Gateway

NeuStar has partnered with CNNIC, the registry for China’s .cn country-code top-level domain (ccTLD), to offer .cn registrations to registrars outside of China through a unique “Registry Gateway” solution.

Becoming an Accredited .cn Registrar

NeuStar provides EPP connectivity to the .cn SRS for non-Chinese registrars, and also offers comprehensive customer support, billing and reporting services. Conversely, CNNIC maintains the authoritative registry database, WHOIS, and DNS for the .cn domain; it is also responsible for establishing all domain registration policies. More information about CNNIC.

Registering a .cn Domain Name

.cn registrations are available in both ASCII and Chinese language formats. Registrations are open to the general public, and may be done at both the second and third levels. View a list of accredited .cn Registrars.

About .cn

.cn is the country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the People’s Republic of China. Chinese companies use the .cn extension, and second- and third-level .cn domains (.com.cn , .net.cn , .org.cn) are widely accepted and recognized by the Chinese population.

.cn offers registrants the protection of a well-established brand name in what has become one of the most lucrative marketplaces in the world. In addition, .cn can put Chinese customers at ease, giving them the security of dealing with businesses that have a substantial, “localized” Chinese presence as well as an international one. Finally, .cn enjoys widespread recognition among the Chinese population, and is a simple and memorable Web domain.

Encourage your customers to expand their presence and protect and build their brand in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets!

.CN FAQs

  1. What is the .CN Gateway?
    The .CN Gateway is an EPP registration system provided to registrars located outside of China. It provides registrars with the ability to connect to the Registry and submit EPP transactions. Support, billing, and reporting are provided by Neustar.
  2. Who runs the .CN Registry?
    CNNIC is the official administrator of the .CN Registry.
  3. Who is China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC)?
    China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) is the state network information center of China, which was founded as a non-profit organization in June, 1997.

    CNNIC takes direction from the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) to conduct daily business, while it is administratively operated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The Computer Network Information Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences takes the responsibility of running and administrating CNNIC. The CNNIC Steering Committee is a working group composed of well-known experts and commercial representatives in the domestic Internet community which supervises and evaluates the structure, operation and administration of CNNIC.
  4. What is the relationship between Neustar and CNNIC?
    CNNIC has partnered with Neustar to provide Registry gateway services for the .CN domain. CNNIC is the administrator of the domain, setting policy and service levels, running the .CN TLD Whois and generating the .CN TLD zone file.
  5. Why should I register a .CN domain?
    .CN offers registrants the protection of a well-established brand name in what has become one of the most lucrative marketplaces in the world. In addition, .CN can put Chinese customers at ease, giving them the security of dealing with businesses that have a substantial, “localized” Chinese presence as well as an international one. Finally, .CN enjoys widespread notoriety and recognition among the Chinese population, and is a simple and memorable Web domain.
  6. Does Neustar sell .CN names retail?
    No. Neustar only offers .CN domain names through .CN accredited Registrars who are located outside of China.
  7. Are second-level .CN TLD registrations offered in addition to third-level registrations?
    Yes. .CN domains may be registered at the second level, in addition to various third level options.
  8. What are the third-level registration options?
    There are many third-level registration options available. The most common third-level options are com.cn, net.cn, and org.cn. In addition, the following options are offered:
    ah.cn bj.cn cq.cn fj.cn gd.cn gs.cn gx.cn gz.cn ha.cn hb.cn he.cn hi.cn
    hk.cn hl.cn hn.cn jl.cn js.cn jx.cn ln.cn mo.cn nm.cn nx.cn qh.cn sc.cn
    sd.cn sh.cn sn.cn sx.cn tj.cn tw.cn xj.cn xz.cn yn.cn zj.cn    
    For additional information, contact your registrar.
  9. Are IDNs offered in .CN?
    Yes. Chinese language IDNs are available at the second level, under .CN. Domains may be registered in either Simplified or Traditional Chinese, or a mixture of both. Variants of the registered domain will automatically be blocked. For additional, information contact your registrar.
  10. Where can I find the .CN Whois?
    The official .CN Whois, operated by CNNIC, may be found here.
  11. In order to acquire a .CN name, does a company or an organization need a subsidiary in China?
    No. A company or an organization does not need to have a subsidiary in China.
  12. Can an individual register a .CN domain?
    .CN registrations are intended for business and organizations.
  13. What options do trademark owners have to protect their IP rights in .CN?
    Users may elect to utilize the Chinese Dispute Resolution Process to resolve disputes through CNNIC-designated arbitration providers. This process is very similar to the UDRP arbitration process. Of course, as is the case in all TLD disputes, users may also elect to pursue resolution in the courts.
  14. How do I transfer a .CN domain name?
    .CN domains may be transferred from one registrar to another, regardless of whether the registrars are domestic or international. To initiate a transfer, contact the gaining registrar (the registrar you wish to transfer to) and follow their transfer procedures.
  15. How can I modify my .CN domain information?
    Modifications to your .CN domain may be done through your registrar. Contact your registrar for assistance.
  16. How do I modify my .CN domain name if my Registrar says they don’t have access to the name?
    Contact your Registrar and ask a supervisor or manager to contact Neustar at support@Neustar.biz, with an explanation as to why they are not able to access your domain name record. The Registry Customer Support team will work with the registrar to ensure they have access to your domain name.
  17. Why does my .CN domain name show a status of “Inactive” in the CNNIC database?
    Domains that do not have at least two name servers are automatically placed in “inactive” status. An inactive status means that domain will not be published in the zone file and will not resolve on the Internet. Once the domain is updated to have at least two name servers, the domain will automatically be taken off inactive status.
  18. Why is my .CN domain name in “clientTransferProhibited” status?
    Some sponsoring registrars use the “clientTransferProhibited” status to protect their customers’ domains from potential unauthorized transfers. If you wish to transfer your domain to another registrar, you will need to contact your current registrar to remove this status before your new registrar can successfully transfer your domain.
  19. Why is my .CN name in “pendingDelete” status? What do I need to do to restore it?
    Domains that are deleted during that auto-renew grace period are automatically placed in pendingDelete status for 15 days.
  20. Does .CN have a Redemption Grace Period?
    Yes. Contact your registrar for additional information and procedures for restoring a domain.
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