[tz] Definition for timezone Asia/Urumqi and Asia/Kashgar, CST, and other questions about Chinese timezones.

Sanjeev Gupta ghane0 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 1 11:12:24 UTC 2017

On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 6:54 PM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:

> Currently the commentary for Asia/Urumqi says that it covers "Xinjiang
> time, used by many in western China". Some people in western China use +06,
> some use +08 (Asia/Shanghai in our database), and the geographical boundary
> between the two sets of uses is indistinct.

My understanding, from speaking to people who have stayed in the region, is
that the distinction is highly ethnic and linguistic (Han/non-Han).  People
are aware of both time zones, and choose either +0800 or not if they are
speaking Mandarin, or not.  Hotel receptionists will, when speaking to
foreign guests, explicitly specify timezone, as will local business
contacts.  There is no real geographical line here.

May I refer you to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_City_%26_the_City ?

Sanjeev Gupta
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