Getting Started with Amazon AWS
AWS services or capabilities described in AWS Documentation may vary by region/location. Click Getting Started with Amazon AWS to see specific differences applicable to the China (Beijing) Region.

Documentation by Service

The topics below describe the services available in the China (Beijing) Region. Each topic includes an overview of the service and links to additional documentation for the service. If there are differences between the expected functionality of a service and its functionality in the Beijing Region, these differences are documented. The last topic below provides a list of services not currently supported in the Beijing Region.


Amazon AWS services in the Beijing Region use a region-specific console. The AWS documentation may show screenshots of the globally available console; changes in service functionality are documented in the topics for each service.

Please note the following Amazon AWS implementation particulars, which are potentially relevant to all services in the China (Beijing) Region.

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

  • There are two Availability Zones in the Beijing Region.

  • In IAM, you can grant or deny a service access to resources using the Principal policy element. Service principal values vary by Region.

  • The endpoints for services in the Beijing Region are different from other global endpoints. For an endpoint in the Beijing Region, the Region value should be cn-north-1 and the domain should be For example, the endpoint for Elastic Load Balancing in the Beijing Region is Endpoint syntax varies from service to service. For more information, see China (Beijing) Region and the service-specific documentation.

  • The EC2-Classic platform is not supported.

  • AWS Marketplace is not supported.

  • The free usage tier is not available in the Beijing Region.

  • Currently, the AWS Glossary is available only in English.

  • In the Beijing Region, the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) syntax includes a cn. For example: arn:aws-cn:iam::123456789012:user/division_abc/subdivision_xyz/Bob.