Getting Started with AWS services in China
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 AWS services in China.

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch monitors your AWS services in China resources and the applications you run on AWS services in China in real time. You can use CloudWatch to collect and track metrics, which are the variables you want to measure for your resources and applications. CloudWatch alarms send notifications or automatically make changes to the resources you are monitoring based on rules that you define.

Amazon CloudWatch Events delivers a near real-time stream of system events that describe changes in Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources. Using simple rules that you can quickly set up, you can match events and route them to one or more target functions or streams.

You can use Amazon CloudWatch Logs to monitor, store, and access your log files from Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, AWS CloudTrail, and other sources.

Region Availability

Amazon CloudWatch is available in the following regions in China:

  • Beijing Region

  • Ningxia Region

Feature Availability and Implementation Differences

The AWS services in China implementation of CloudWatch is unique in the following ways:

  • CloudWatch metrics and alerts are not currently available for the following services:

    • AWS Billing and Cost Management

    • Amazon ElastiCache

    • AWS OpsWorks

    • Amazon Redshift

    • Amazon Route 53

  • The CloudWatch Monitoring scripts for Windows are not available in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions. However, that functionality is now available through the EC2Config and CloudWatch Logs services.

  • CloudWatch Logs subscriptions to AWS Lambda and Kinesis streams aren’t available in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

  • CloudWatch automatic dashboards are not supported. Other CloudWatch dashboards are supported.

Guides and References

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

General Information About AWS services in China

The following information applies to all AWS services that are available in the China Regions.

AWS Accounts in the China Regions

To use services in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions, you need an account and credentials specific to each of those Regions.

  • Accounts and credentials for other AWS Regions will not work for services operating in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

  • Accounts and credentials for the Beijing and Ningxia Regions will not work for other AWS Regions.

  • For more information, see Signup, Accounts, and Credentials

Domain for AWS services in China

The domain for AWS services in China is www.amazonaws.cn.

Endpoints & Amazon Resource Names (ARNs)

For information about endpoints and ARNs in AWS services in China, see Endpoints and ARNs for AWS services in China

Availability Zones for the China Regions

  • In the Beijing Region, there are two Availability Zones.

  • In the Ningxia Region, there are three Availability Zones.

General Information for AWS services in China

The following applies to all AWS services that are available in the China Regions. For detailed information about specific AWS services, see the service-specific topic in this guide.

  • 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.

  • EC2-Classic Platform

    • The EC2-Classic platform is not supported.

  • Free Usage Tier

    • The free usage tier is not available in the Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

AWS Console

The console for AWS services in China are unique to China. The screenshots in the AWS guides might differ from what you see on your console. For information about differences in service functionality, see the topics for each service in this guide.

Code Examples

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