Rock in China is a Chinese music, ranging from rock music to punk, metal, electro, jazz and hiphop. It was founded in 2004, and in 2006 became a wiki . The website currently runs on MediaWiki and Semantic MediaWiki .

Timeline of Rock in China

In April 2004, Rock in China started as a subtitle named Metal in China at the Painkiller Heavy Music Magazine.

In December 2006, Rock in China opens a wiki.

February 2007: RiC collaborates with and starts its own non-commercial promotion label, getting bands such as Hook on the Box, Tookoo, No Name, Blood Funk and The Fuck’ndrolls to work with them.

September 2007: The founders of RiC are invited to the China Calling in Berlin 2007 and the German Popkomm 2007.

April 2008: Rock in China becomes a partner of the German Esplanade.

October 2008: Rock in China becomes a media partner of the 20th anniversary of the Goethe-Institut .

November 2008: Rock in China started a cooperation with the Institute of Sinology at the University of Heidelberg .

Since 2008, Rock in China has been an official partner of the Midi Music Festival , China’s largest rock music festival, and has helped to prepare their English-language websites.

In November 2012, Rock in China rolled out Semantic Mediawiki and connected their database to the Open Linked Data Cloud featuring over 50000 data triplets. [1] The same month the page also extended their service to and included non-rock music specific content, including Chinese opera , classical music of China and Cantopop / Mandopop .

In March 2013, started an academic online project with the aim to map the complete history of Chinese music. [2]


  • Rock in China was featured twice in publications of the Insider’s Guide to Beijing. (Publications: 2006 and 2007)
  • China Music Radar: “Rock in China is by far the most comprehensive English language resource on Chinese contemporary music.” – link
  • Beijing Review: “… the most comprehensive web portal on Chinese rock” – link
  • Smart Shanghai: “… they also provide a great way to kill a few hours on the internet with their wiki articles.” – link

External links

  • Official website and its sister


  1. Jump up^ As per their Special: Semantic Statistics page, accessed March 13th 2013
  2. Jump up^ As per their blog entry:

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