Getting Started with Amazon AWS
AWS services or capabilities described in AWS documentation might vary by Region. To see the differences applicable to the China Regions, see Getting Started with Amazon AWS.

Amazon Simple Storage Service

Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It provides a simple web service interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, secure, fast, inexpensive infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.

Please note the following Amazon AWS implementation particulars, which are potentially relevant to all services in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

  • To use services in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions, you need an account and credentials specific to the Beijing and Ningxia Regions. Accounts and credentials for other AWS Regions will not work for services operating in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions. Likewise, accounts and credentials for the Beijing and Ningxia Regions will not work for other AWS Regions.

  • There are two Availability Zones in the Beijing Region.

  • There are three Availability Zones in the Ningxia Region.

  • In AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), you can grant or deny a service access to resources using the Principal policy element. Service principal values vary by Region.

  • The domain for both the Beijing and Ningxia Regions is www.amazonaws.cn.

  • The endpoints for services in the China (Beijing) Region and the China (Ningxia) Region are different from other global endpoints.

    • The endpoint domain for both the Beijing and Ningxia Regions is amazonaws.com.cn.

    • For an endpoint in the China (Beijing) Region, the Region value should be cn-north-1.

    • For an endpoint in the China (Ningxia) Region, the Region value should be cn-northwest-1.

    • For example, the endpoint for Elastic Load Balancing in the Beijing Region is elasticloadbalancing.cn-north-1.amazonaws.com.cn.

    Endpoint syntax varies from service to service. For more information, see China (Beijing), China (Ningxia), and the service-specific documentation.

  • In the China Regions, the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) syntax includes a cn.

    For example: arn:aws-cn:iam::123456789012:user/division_abc/subdivision_xyz/Bob.

  • The EC2-Classic platform is not supported.

  • AWS Marketplace is not supported.

  • The free usage tier is not available in the China Regions.

Note

The AWS documentation might show code examples for endpoints and ARNs that are not specific for the Beijing and Ningxia Regions. When using examples, verify you are using the correct endpoints and ARNs for your Region.

Language Options

Chinese is the default language for Amazon AWS documentation. To switch to the English version of the page, use the language selection dropdown at the top of the page. Note: Selecting a different language will update the language cookie, making it the default language.

Chinese-language URL syntax:
http://docs.amazonaws.cn/aws/latest/userguide/introduction.html
English-language URL syntax:
http://docs.amazonaws.cn/en_us/aws/latest/userguide/introduction.html

Feature Availability and Implementation Differences

The Amazon AWS implementation of Amazon S3 is unique in the following ways:

  • Creating an AWS account

    To publish content in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions, you must sign up for an Amazon AWS account, which is specific to the Beijing and Ningxia Regions. This account will not work in other AWS Regions, and an account that was created in a different Region will not work in the China Regions. For information about signing up for the Beijing Region, see Signup, Accounts, and Credentials.

  • Filing for Internet Content Provider (ICP) recordal:

    If you want to publish content in the China (Beijing) or China (Ningxia) Regions that can be read without authentication, you must obtain an ICP license. For information about filing for ICP recordal, see Billing and Payment.

  • If you want to deposit reports into an Amazon S3 bucket, in your policy, you must specify 145026535362 (instead of 386209384616) for the account ID. For more information, see Example 8: Deposit Reports into an Amazon S3 Bucket in the AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide.

  • The following Amazon S3 features are either unavailable in the China Regions or require an ICP license:

    • Amazon S3 objects honor anonymous GET requests only if the object owner’s Amazon AWS account is associated with a valid ICP license. As a result, hosting a static website from an Amazon S3 bucket and using pre-signed URLs require an ICP license.

    • Amazon S3 supports both the Signature Version 4 and Signature Version 2; however, only Signature Version 4 is supported in the China Regions. For information about Signature Version 4 authorization headers, see Authenticating Requests (AWS Signature Version 4).

    • Website hosting:

      • You can configure your bucket to host a static website, but the website can be viewed publicly (by using an anonymous request) only if your Amazon AWS account is associated with an ICP license.

      • Support in Amazon S3 for root domain support relies on Amazon Route 53. Because Route 53 is not currently available in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions, information about root domain support and the corresponding walkthrough is not valid. For more information about root domain support and the walkthrough, see Hosting a Static Website on Amazon S3 and Example: Setting Up a Static Website Using a Custom Domain in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

    • Presigned URLs work only if the resource owner has an ICP license.

      Your request must provide credentials explicitly. Any other form of request is considered anonymous, including the presigned URL. Anonymous requests are allowed only if the resource owner has an ICP license.

      Because a signing key in Signature Version 4 is valid for only seven days, presigned URLs are also valid for up to seven days.

    • Any copy operation between the China Regions and AWS Regions outside of China is not supported.

    • Cross-region replication (CRR) is not supported between the China Regions and AWS Regions outside of China.

    • Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration is not supported in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

    • Support for BitTorrent in Amazon S3 is not available in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

    • Access to Amazon S3 over Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is not supported in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

    • Bucket permissions check in the Amazon S3 console is not supported in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

    • Server-side encryption with AWS KMS-managed encryption keys (SSE-KMS) is not supported in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

    • Amazon Athena integration with Amazon S3 is not supported in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

User Guides

Amazon AWS user guides are available in HTML and PDF, in both Chinese and English. API guides are available in HTML and PDF, in English only. Currently, the API guides are not available in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions. Links to API guides will take you to the global AWS site. Note that some features and functionality described in the guides may not be available in the current Amazon AWS release.