I just got an invite from the HKIRC (HK Internet Registration Corporation) to sign up for a free chinese domain name with chinese characters (.香港). Does anyone know what this is all about? It this some new internet standard? I dont recall seeing these types of names before. Wont this make it hard for people without chinese input devices to access a chinese web site?
Below is the invite I got today:
As a valued customer of English .hk domain name, you are cordially invited to register a free Chinese .香港 domain name of the equivalent category during the Pre-Launch Priority Registration (“PLPR”) period from 22 February to 10 March, 2011.
The newly registered Chinese .香港 domain name will be “bundled” with your English .hk domain name. That means these two domain names will be renewed together in the future for the price of one.
The full Chinese .香港 domain name is easy to remember and eliminates language barrier. The availability of both traditional and simplified Chinese helps your business tap into the potential Greater China market and enhances your brand recognition.
Click here to register your free Chinese .香港domain name by 10 March 2011. You can also log in your account at www.hkdnr.hk to register.
Should you have any enquiries, please contact us on +852 2319 1313 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your agent for help.
Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited
Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited