FW: Beijing Time?

Zhe Su james.su at gmail.com
Tue Oct 24 07:39:48 UTC 2006

  I raised exactly the same question several months ago. I event sent
out a patch to add China/Beijing into tz database. But unfortunately,
they refused to make this change.
  That's really annoying. I really don't understand why they refused
to accept the  requirement from Chinese users.

James Su

2006/10/23, Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E] <olsona at dc37a.nci.nih.gov>:
> I'm forwarding this message from Emma Baillie, who is not on the time
> zone mailing list. Those of you who are on the list should direct
> replies appropriately.
> (Emma Baillie: within...
>         ftp://elsie.nci.nih.gov/pub/tzcode2006n.tar.gz
> ...there's a "Theory" file explaining the principles behind naming
> zones. Shanghai is used because it's the most populous city--at least by
> some measures--in the time zone of interest. Note that the eastern
> United States time zone where I live is known as "America/New_York" and
> not "America/Washington"--we're not singling out China for different
> treatment.)
>                                 --ado
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Emma Baillie [mailto:ebaillie at aconex.com]
> Sent: Monday, October 23, 2006 2:19 AM
> To: tz at lecserver.nci.nih.gov
> Subject: Beijing Time?
> My workplace has recently included data form the tz database into our
> web services, which are used in various different countries around the
> world including (recently) China.
> Our Chinese customers are quite unhappy about the fact that their
> timezone is specified as "Asia/Shanghai" not "Asia/Beijing". As one
> customer commented:
> "Every one knows whole china has only one time zone which was officially
> named Beijing Time Zone, My client told me that Chinese people really
> can not understand why we missed our Capital City Time Zone on the list.
> They think it is disrespectful."
> I see from the official Chinese government website, that this also
> refers to the Chinese time zone as "Beijing Time"
> http://english.gov.cn/2005-08/25/content_26048.htm.
> I'm wondering if there is any reason (other than historical) to continue
> to refer to the time zone in China as "Asia/Shanghai". Should it not be
> updated to reflect current Chinese usage?
> Of course, in my own particular instance I can simply change it in our
> application (and will!) But this seems like a change which would be more
> generally useful.
> thanks
> emma baillie

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