China time zone

Paul Eggert eggert at
Sat Jul 2 15:25:13 UTC 2011

We have conflicting reports of whether Shanghai has more people than
Beijing.  The official Chinese figures (from the 2010 census) say
that Shanghai has more people; apparently some sources (which I
haven't looked into) say the reverse.  In a situation like this
I'm inclined to leave the names alone.  This is in accordance
with the line in the "Theory" file that says "Do not change
established names if they only marginally violate the above rules".
(In this case, it's not even clear that the existing name violates
the rules.)

The name that 'TZ' uses for the time zone is somewhat arbitrary,
and need have nothing to do with the user interface for choosing
time zones, which surely ought to be using labels like "北京时间"
rather than anything in ASCII.

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