I thought I had a good handle on international DNS, which is only even slightly tricky with a handful of differently-regulated countries' TLD's, but .中国 is throwing me for a loop.
A Chinese friend asked me to register a Chinese domain name for him and setup a website. Unfortunately the .cn version was already taken, so I "cleverly" suggested .中国 .
After purchasing the domain (
http://会学网.中国/) from my go-to provider of .cn domains, set their DNS panel to temporarily point to a URL for a US-hosted sandbox domain/installation.
The .中国 DNS host indicates that the domain name is active and redirecting to the sandbox domain/hosting, but I can't get it to resolve.
- Is this because of some regional settings in my browser?
- or do you need a special Chinese DNS server added to resolve it?
- or am I blocked by "the Great Firewall of China"?
I have tried to answer my own question by using some services like https://isitup.org/ and trying to resolve other .中国 sites.
Unfortunately, isitup.org says:
We need a valid domain to check! Try again.
My browser says the following when I try to visit the site:
Bad Request (Invalid Hostname)
I would just transfer the domain to my main America provider, but they don't support this TLD and I believe my friend would eventually prefer to have it hosted in China anyway, to optimize the speed for Chinese users (which is why this re-direct is only temporary, for development).
After @w3d 's very useful observations I've been able to rule out a lot of problems, but I'm still having trouble. Perhaps there's something wrong in the DNS panel's URL redirect settings?
I also tried filling out the next line under the
www subdomain the same was as the first. It still says "bad hostname".