ma.lude.xj at gmail.com
Sun Nov 1 03:21:34 UTC 2009
Below are a few web sites to lend some credence to the existence and
use Xinjiang Time (aka Urumqi Time).
The Chinese language Wikipedia entry for Beijing Time (北京时间):
http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/北京时间 , which includes the line:
> ".. and furthermore, among Xinjiang ethicities, Urumqi time (UTC+6)
> is more popular"
Wikipedia, of course is not authoritative but does provide a
condensation of various contributions on a topic.
Hudong is China's own version of Wikipedia. It actually competes
favorably with Wikipedia in country, and, at the same time avoids
politically sensitive topics. They have their own entry for Urumqi
> Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, being situated in China's far
> west uses local time (Urumqi time), two hours different from Beijing
> and other places in the central and eastern regions. Urumqi time is
> two hours later than Beijing time, namely 10 o'clock Urumqi time is
> equivalent to 12 Beijing time. Therefore the daily schedules for
> Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region government agencies differ greatly
> from those in the heartland.
The website "www.timedate.cn" also has a couple pages for Urumqi Time:
http://www.timedate.cn/worldclock/city.asp?n=39 (in Chinese)
http://en.timedate.cn/worldclock/city.asp?n=39 (in English)
As I mentioned in my original post, all of China uses Beijing Time and
almost all Han (ethnic Chinese) set their watches to Beijing (also
those living in Xinjiang). But there is also a recognized, valid
Urumqi Time used in Xinjiang, and especially by the Uyghur population.
"Urumqi Time" is the official term but the term, "Xinjiang Time" is
much more commonly used.
-LuDe (Luther) Ma
PS If you are using online translators for these and other sites, www.worldlingo.com/wl/Translate
may give you a better results than Google translator.
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