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Country: China
Continent: Asia
Capital: Beijing
Location: 39°54'N 116°23'E

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IDN capable: Yes
Handle Updates: Yes
Registration Period: 1-10 years
Autorenew Grace Period: days
Deletion Timeframe: 1 day prior to expiration date
Registration System: Non-realtime, up to 7 working days
WHOIS-Update: 24-48 hours
WHOIS-Privacy: No
Registry: Registry
Dispute Policy: Policy


Zone Info

.CN is the official country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of China.

Zone Use

Companies and individuals outside China are allowed to register Chinese domain names again.


  • Minimum: 1
  • Maximum: 63
  • Letters and numbers
  • Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD
  • IDNs only for chinese characters beneath .CN and not under Third-Level .CN Domains.

IDN Info

IDNs only for chinese characters beneath .CN and not under Third-Level .CN Domains.

Domain Registration

.CN domains can be registered online through webinterface or API.

command         = AddDomain
domain          =
ownercontact0   = [owner handle]
admincontact0   = [admin contact]
techcontact0    = [tech contact]
billingcontact0 = [billing contact]
nameserver0     = [nameserver1]
nameserver1     = [nameserver2]

Please note:
The .CN registry changed its policies and relaxed the restrictions for .CN registrations. Under the new rules, companies and individuals outside China are allowed to register Chinese domain names again.

The following requirements for registrants outside China are effective as of Monday, September 3, 2012:

  • For individuals outside of China:
    • Applicants need to submit a scan or photo copy of an official document that could prove the identity of the registrant: ID card, passport, driver license, etc. All documents provided as a proof of identity must feature the name of the registrant.
    • A signed Letter of Commitment is no longer required!

  • For companies and organizations outside of China:
    • Applicants need to submit a scan or photo copy of their business license / business certificate or an excerpt from the commercial register
    • The contact ID (Handle) needs to provide a contact name for the responsible person in the company/organization. A copy of passport or ID is not required.
    • A signed Letter of Commitment is no longer required!

Please send the required documents (identity proof / business license) to for domain name registrations.
If our trustee solutions has been chosen, it is NOT necessary to provide any documents!!!
Please pay attention to the correct subject line of the e-mail:

  • For new registrations: Register [domain name] documents, e.g. "Register documents"
  • Please provide the document in one of the following formats: .jpg, .png, .gif or .jpeg. (Document size max. 1MB!)

Please note:

  • If the documents are not received after 8 days the registration will fail.
  • Once a contact is whitelisted, the audit process is still manual
  • Once you enter the order in the system, you need to send an email to to let them know you have done so (you can send one email with a list of the registrations you submitted.
  • The domain will then be registered

Furthermore all applicants must be explicitly be informed of the following during the registration process:

  • Applicants must provide authentic, accurate and complete documentation
  • Applicants must confirm to have read and understood CNNIC's registration rules and policies
  • Applicants must adhere to all policies governing the contents of the website(s) under the domain name
  • In case the domain name is used for a website where the webserver is located in mainland China, a valid ICP number must be obtained from MIIT and provided to CNNIC through registrar (only available if registrant has an office in China)
  • Applicants must accept full responsibility for the suspension of the domain name or any consequences caused by violations of the applicants commitments, and understand that CNNIC and the registrar undertake no responsibility in the event that it needs to interrupt the usage of the domain name.

Please note:
Registrants from inside China or Hong Kong cannot be accepted. However, those customers may use our trustee solution.

Domain registration with TRUSTEE service

From August 1, 2011, we offer a trustee solution for the registration of .CN domains (fee required) for registrants in China and Hong-Kong. No additional documents are necessary.

The following parameter must be submitted for the registration of a .CN domain with trustee (see the example command below):

X-CN-ACCEPT-TRUSTEE-TAC - use of the trustee solution and acceptance of the trustee agreement

The registration of a .CN domain with trustee takes about 2 to 4 business days. The trustee partner is registered as owner contact for the domain.

command                 = AddDomain
domain                  =
ownercontact0           = [CONTACT]
admincontact0           = [CONTACT]
techcontact0            = [CONTACT]
billingcontact0         = [CONTACT]
nameserver0             = [NAMESERVER]
nameserver1             = [NAMESERVER]

Please note:
ICP Recording for .CN domains using trustee service is not possible.

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Domain Modification


Registrant changes for .CN domains can be done online via api or webinterface. The exp. date will stay unchanged.

  • Request a trade for the domain in our system with the TradeDomain command.
command       = TradeDomain
domain        =
ownercontact0 = [new owner handle]

Please note:
For the trade of the domain the corresponding copy of ID/passport or business license is required for the new domain holder. Please also note that the trade is not processed real time.

Please send the required documents (identity proof / business license) to for domain name registrations and owner changes. Please pay attention to the correct subject line of the e-mail:

  • For owner changes: Trade [domain name] documents, e.g. "Trade document"
  • Trade away from Trustee service is possible
  • It's not possible to trade the owner contact to the trustee service
  • Please provide the document in one of the following formats: .jpg, .png, .gif or .jpeg. (Document size max. 1MB!)

Domain Renewal

.CN domains can be renewed through the webinterface or with the corresponding API command.

command    = RenewDomain
domain     =
period     = [renew period]
expiration = [current year of expiration | YYYY]

Deletion Process

.CN Domains can be deleted online through the Delete Command.

command = DeleteDomain
domain  =


  • Registrants of net.CN Domains must comply to the General Terms and Conditions of .CN Domains:
  • General Policies under
  • China Internet Domain Name Regulations
  • CNNIC Internet Domain Name Registration Administration
  • CNNIC Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
  • CNNIC Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy Rules
  • The name on the owner handle must be an exact(!) match of the name on the ID-card or company registration certificate (kind of company, for example LTD. must be included!)
  • Prohibited Uses for .cn domain names. Registrant may not register or use a domain name that is deemed by CNNIC to:
    • Be against the basic principles prescribed in the Constitution of the Peoples Republic of China (“PRC”);
    • Jeopardize national security, leak state secrets, intend to overturn the government, or disrupt of state integrity of the PRC;
    • Harm national honor and national interests of the PRC;
    • Instigate hostility or discrimination between different nationalities, or disrupt the national solidarity of the PRC;
    • Violate the PRC’s religion policies or propagate cult and feudal superstition;
    • Spread rumours, disturb public order or disrupt social stability of the PRC;
    • Spread pornography, obscenity, gambling, violence, homicide, terror or instigate crimes in the PRC;
    • Insult, libel against others and infringe other people' s legal rights and interests in the PRC; or
    • Take any other action prohibited in laws, rules and administrative regulations of the PRC.
  • MIIT ICP Recording
    • A ICP number from government institute MIIT is required if the webserver for the domain is located in mainland China. Here you can find a short description -> Media:ICP.pdf
    • A domain certificate can be requested from here. Please make sure to fill in the domain name and the registrant's telephone number


.CN Domain-Transfers are possible. Upon successfully transfering a domain, it is automatically renewed for one year. The registration period is extended by one year.

Transfer notes

  • Please ensure, that you have a correct “Authorisation Code” associated with the domain, before initiating the transfer, otherwise it will fail.
  • Ensure that your respective domain does not have a lock-status (REGISTRAR-LOCK or HOLD). This can be seen in the WHOIS. If the domain is locked, then the owner can demand that this be unlocked.
  • Initiate the transfer on time and not just shortly before the domain expires. Transfers will be denied by the registry if they are not requested at least 16 days prior to a domain's expiration date.
  • Please ensure that the domain is older than 60 days otherwise the transfer will be denied.

Transfer procedure

  • .CN Domain-Transfers can either be done through the RRPproxy WebInterface or API.
command = TransferDomain
domain  =
action  = request
auth    = ....
  • A .CN Domain Transfer must be initiated with a so-called "Authorisation Code", which can be obtained from the current registrar through the owner or Admin-C of the domain.
  • Please note that you need a signed request from the registrant before you initiate the transfer.

Transfer time

.CN Transfers are currently handled manually from the registry, please consider a longer transfer time.


Restores are possible. A restore can be requested via API command or via webinterface.

command = restoredomain
domain  =

Please note:
After a restore, the domain will be inactive and have no nameservers. Please add nameservers and the domain will become active again automatically.

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