CLDR Ticket #9611(accepted data)
The default time hour for Simple Chinese
|Reported by:||zhouyuxiang.zhou@…||Owned by:||pedberg|
Well, in zh.xml file, there is
We use this as the default time hour for this locale, i mean 12-hour or 24-hour. Here it is 12-hour.
In fact, Chinese people are not familiar with 12-hour.
Maybe someone know that in dayPeriods.xml file.
there are 7 day period for locale "zh"(in fact there are more and the rules are orderless).
Most Chinese people can not distinguish two times in a day:
上午12:00 (it is like 12:00 AM, we usually call it "午夜12:00" or "凌晨0:00", like midnight)
下午12:00 (it is like 12:00 PM, we usually call it "中午12:00", like noon)
We often make mistake about them.
So for Chinese people 24-hour is more common. The CCTV use 24-hour, i add it in attachment.
I update the modification, please check.
For more, in fact Chinese people neither use 12-hour nor 24-hour in Spoken language. We use a complex day period to express time.
For example, we may say "清晨3:00" in some place. But in some place "清晨" can not use to describe the time from 00:00 before 04:00, it should be "凌晨3:00".
What does this different? Because of longitude.
China is big place that across 5 longitudes, but only use one unified time(UTC+8:00). "清晨" and "凌晨" are words to describe time of the day. In some places the sky is not bright(we can see glimmer of the sun) when it is 03:00 so they say "凌晨3:00", but in some other places the sky is bright when it is 03:00 so they say "清晨3:00".