The Chinese search engine Baidu is one of the most famous in the world. In terms of the number of processed search queries, it is inferior to Google, but surely surpasses bing. Also, in addition to web search, Baidu provides other services, the number of which today is already in the tens. The most famous of these is Baidu Baike (literally Baidu Encyclopedia), the Chinese equivalent of Wikipedia. The main difference of this service is the post-moderation of articles and edits to them by special people.
Baidu's story began in 2000, when US-educated former students Eric Xu and Robin Li managed to attract billions in investment from Chinese businessmen. Their goal was to create an Internet company that would not be inferior to American competitors. The exact date of foundation can be considered January 12, 2010, when the Baidu.com domain was registered. As for Baidu Baike, this service was launched in 2006.
The name Baidu is taken from the last stanza of a poem by Xin Qiji written during the Song Dynasty. It tells about the search for the main character of his dreams. According to Robin Lee, this is how they wanted to express the symbol of the constant search for the ideal.