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I would like to register a .cn domain. I found the below pages which list the officially accredited registrars:
-based in China: http://www.cnnic.net.cn/html/Dir/2007/06/05/4635.htm
-based outside China: http://www.cnnic.net.cn/html/Dir/2007/06/25/4671.htm

Needless to say that the registrars based in China have their website in Chinese which effectively prevents me from using them. There are 11 oversea registrars and I'm wondering which one I should be using.

If you look at the big names, they all have their .cn registered (facebook.cn, microsoft.cn...), and whois only shows a Sponsering registrar which doesn't seem to be offering domains registration services directly to consumers:

$ whois facebook.cn
Domain Name: facebook.cn
ROID: 20050304s10001s04039518-cn
Domain Status: ok
Registrant ID: tuv3ldreit6px8c7
Registrant Organization: Facebook Inc.
Registrant Name: Facebook, Inc.
Registrant Email: admin@lovellsnames.info
Sponsoring Registrar: Tucows, Inc.

http://www.tucowsdomains.com/ only seems to offer domain-related help but not registration.

$ whois microsoft.cn
Domain Name: microsoft.cn
ROID: 20030312s10001s00043473-cn
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registrant ID: mmr-44297
Registrant Organization: Microsoft Corporation
Registrant Name: Domain Administrator
Registrant Email: domains@microsoft.com
Sponsoring Registrar: MarkMonitor, Inc.

https://www.markmonitor.com/ seems to offer registration but only to "big" customers, and definitely not to consumers like me via a web portal.

Q: How do big companies register their .cn domains? How consumers like us should do it?

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Here are some registrars to get your .CN domain

http://www.marcaria.com/domains/China/china-domain-registration-cn.asp

http://www.101domain.com/cn.htm

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