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Chinese Domain Name Sales Taking Off

CNNIC logoAccording to a posting on the NiceNic blog, the hottest topic at a recent Chinese domain name fair was the public auction of tens of thousands of domains for .cn and the IDN for .china (in Chinese). The names had previously been reserved by the Chinese registry CNNIC.

The top 20 domain sales were, with prices in Chinese Yuan (CNY – CNY100,000 approximately equals US$16,550):

  1.    CNY3,098,000
  2.    CNY2,004,000
  3.    CNY1,100,000
  4.    CNY704,000
  5.    CNY664,000
  6.    CNY608,000
  7.    CNY558,000
  8.    CNY522,000
  9.    CNY508,000
  10.    CNY504,000
  11.    CNY470,000
  12.    CNY400,000
  13.    CNY380,000
  14.    CNY372,000
  15.    CNY312,000
  16.    CNY306,000
  17.    CNY304,000
  18.    CNY254,000
  19.    CNY242,000
  20.    CNY238,000.

For a much longer list of the domains sold, see: