Google-ch (www.google-ch.com) went live in China recently, raising public speculations of a possible Google comeback in China. But a closer look into the site shows that it is founded by a group of Google fans and not affiliated to the US company in any way.

The site performs simple search functions and offers a directory service that guides people to Chinese websites and chat boards. They claim that search results on the site are filtered to comply with local regulations and no filter keywords are disclosed. But the team pledged that they would not adjust Google’s search results or add floating adds, and the service is open to the users free of charge.

The site was not accessible when TechNode tried to test it, possibly due to the heavy traffic. Our tests were done inside and outside China. An industry insider explains to local media that “running a Google Chinese site needs lots of servers to support and that’s not something that can be managed by a fan team.”

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.