Chinese Wikipedia

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Created byChinese wiki community
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The Chinese Wikipedia (In Chinese: Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found./Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.) is the Chinese-language edition of Wikipedia. This edition was started in October 24, 2002. The Chinese Wikipedia can show the same article in many different scripts, in both Simplified and Traditional script.

It is the 15th largest edition by article count.[1]

As of July 14, 2016, it had 889,003 articles.[2]

Basic information

Name origin

In the English language, "Wikipedia" is a portmanteau word made by "Wiki" (A technology that allows many people working together) and "encyclopedia". At first, "Wikipedia" did not have a Chinese name. The site was called "Zhongwen Wikipedia" (中文Wikipedia, Chinese Wikipedia). On October 21, 2003, Wikipedia's Chinese name "Weiji Baike" (维基百科/維基百科, meaning Weiji Encyclopedia) was decided by the Chinese wiki community (13 people voted). The pronunciation of "Weiji" is like the pronunciation of "Wiki". "Wei" (/維) means rope that can link things, or net. "Ji" () means basic, or base. So "Weiji Baike" means "the encyclopedia on the Internet that covers human's all basic knowledge".


Unlike other Wikipedias, users who register an account on the Chinese Wikipedia need to make at least 50 edits and have an account for more than 7 days before being autoconfirmed, which allows the user to edit semi-protected pages.[3]


  1. "List of Wikipedias". Meta-Wiki. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  2. Special:Statistics - Retrieved July 14, 2016
  3. Information about being autoconfirmed on the Chinese Wikipedia - Retrieved January 2, 2010 (Chinese)

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