Pinyin is a system of writing Chinese characters using the Latin alphabet based on the pronunciation of those characters when spoken in Mandarin Chinese. In other words, pinyin is used to read and write the Chinese language without using Chinese characters.
Wangluo, for example, is a pinyin for 网络, which means “Internet” in Chinese. Nínhǎo is a pinyin for 您好, which means “hello” in Chinese. Ăi is a pinyin for 矮, which means “low in rank” in Chinese.
Pinyin is the official transliteration system of China – it’s used to read and write the Chinese language. From a very young age, children are taught how to read and write with pinyin: in fact, it’s a required subject – much in the same way that English is also a required subject in Chinese schools.
For starters, having a pinyin domain is important for Chinese businesses. The same rules for buying English domains apply to registering pinyin domains: they should be as short as possible and easy to remember. Of course, the supply of extremely short domains (2-3 alpha or numeric characters) is already limited, which inevitably drives up prices for such domains in the aftermarket.
Secondly, many pinyin domains look and sound like English words, even though they have a specific meaning in Chinese. This can significantly increase the value, as such domains will naturally appeal to both Chinese and American/English-speaking buyers. (The larger the buyer base, the higher the potential value.)
妇科 fù kē - gynecology
福客 fú - good fortune; happiness; luck. kè - customer; visitor; guest.
复刻 fù - to repeat; to double; to overlap; complex (not simple); compound; composite; double; diplo-; duplicate; overlapping; to duplicate. kè - quarter (hour); moment; to carve; to engrave; to cut; oppressive; classifier for short time intervals.
富客 fù - rich; abundant; wealthy. kè - customer; visitor; guest.
复课 fù kè - to resume classes