Google China is testing a new homepage prototype at google.cn/hp?sp=china. At this time this is an alternative, not a replacement to the existing, more minimalist Google.cn, and it’s also not even linked from the Google China homepage yet… might be Google is only test-driving this for now.
What you can see on this page, the current minimalist design, filled with many links. The section under the searching field lists some of the most searched queries in different topics such as music, game, sport and education. The sidebar contains links to “useful tools”, which includes Google’s Pinyin IME and Toolbar, Internet speed test (FTW? I know people still do it, but err…), and a calendar. It wasn’t all that bad until you reach the bottom of the page, which contains a HUGE list of links to other sites, from Google Daohang – Google China’s website directory.
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