China’s Domain Registry Rates NetEase As China’s #1 Site

The China
Internet Network Information Center
(CNNIC), a non-profit center in charge
of domain registration in China, has rated Guangzhou-based NetEase as the number one Web site in China.

CNNIC is modeled after InterNIC in the
United States with the similar functions of providing directory and database
services, assignment of domain names and IP addresses, and education and
information services.

The Chinese center is managed by the Computer Network Information Center at the
Chinese Academy of Sciences, one of China’s most prestigious academic

CNNIC recently conducted an online study to determine the top 10 Chinese sites
in China. The study was supported by over 30 major site’s in China, and the
rankings were made according to votes collected from over 22,000 Internet

The top ten sites were:

  1. NetEase
  2. Sohu
  4. Capital Online
  5. Sina
  6. Shanghai Online
  7. Yeah!
  8. China PC Weekly
  9. Chinabyte
  10. Shenzen Online

NetEase, launched in May 1997 by William Ding’s (Ding Lei) NetEase Systems,
Inc., is the first portal to provide a range of free Internet services in
China. These free offerings include personal Web hosting, domain names,
Web-based e-mail, chat club memberships, and newsletters.

“Currently we receive around 2 million page views per day,” said Lihong Su,
NetEase’s spokesperson. “We have 20,000 personal Web pages and hope to have
another 50,000 by the end of 1999.”

The free Web page offerings were so successful last year that NetEase had to
cease offering them because of system limitations. However, the portal has
started offering pages again in three sizes, 5 mb, 10 mb, and 20 mb.

A source at the Beijing Internet Institute
told Asia.InternetNews that NetEase is one of the most popular sites in China
because it offers the free services.

Yeah! is also a Web property of NetEase Systems and, according to Lihong Su,
was the first Chinese language search engine. It features a full-content search
function, supported by a large volume database comparable to Sohu’s.

NetEase has also been successful in developing strategic partnerships with
other sites. It’s Web-based e-mail product is being used by, Capital
Online,, and

It plans to loan its search engine to several online newspapers and is testing
product oriented chat forums for tech companies like Compaq and IBM.

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