Why does China only have one timezone? (It didn’t used to)

For those living on China’s super-populated east coast, it’s pretty easy to be at peace with the time. You can wake up to a sunrise around 5am in the summer, and about 7am in the depths of winter. It gets dark towards the end of the day, which makes sense, because that’s what days do – right?

In the country’s more rural, western provinces, however, it’s a different story. If you live in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Province, don’t count on seeing the sun before 10am in late December. In Kashgar, China’s Western-most city, you can enjoy sunsets in July that don’t finish until 11pm or even midnight.

That’s because China only has one timezone: Beijing time

[Read onĀ That’s Online]