was developed to help Internet users find HK web sites
more conveniently. It was established in July 1997 and became a
registered Hong Kong registered company in February 1998. The
previous domain name of it was
hksrch.com. The domain name has been changed to timway.com
in 1999 because it is easier to spell and hksrch.com could be easily
Timway uses a hierarchical scheme for organizing web
sites. Web sites on a similar topic are grouped into categories,
which can then include sub-categories. It provides a range of
products and services including web directory, web portal, forum, news,
education courses. Want some quick, no-nonsense responses to your queries on abundant HK
information? Timway is your choice!
Education portal was established in the year of 2000.
It provides a wide variety of education courses and it cooperates with
tens of education providers in order to become a education supermarket
and helps people find education courses more easily.
Timway's primary business is the sale of advertising on the Timway.com search portal. Revenue from advertising and profit from education courses make Timway was
one of the few survivors after the Internet bubble burst.
With our expertise in bilingual search and comprehensive HK
information, Sina HK
(www.sina.com.hk) , go2hk.com and hutchcity.com choose Timway as one
of the default search engines.
- Over three thousand categories. A wide range of information
is covered. e.g., entertainment, computer, finance & property,
business, society & culture, government, education, personal
homepage and so on...
- Timway is the first and the only searchable directory in
HK which sorts web sites according to its reputability, visitors,
content richness and freshness e.t.c..
- Fully supports searching in English and Chinese (Big5).
Most English search engines can only recognize English keywords. While
Chinese search engines only recognize Chinese keywords. But Timway can
accept both English and Chinese keywords at the same time. Also, even
if you don't know how to input Chinese, you can type in the English
keywords and the Chinese web sites can still be found. Of course,
typing Chinese keywords and finding the English web sites is also
- Timway's servers are located in HK. The speed of
connection is much faster than most international search engines.
- Manual categorization & indexing: Since all the web
sites are categorized by the people of our company, not by computer.
The resulting categorization are pertinent and appropriate. The
descriptions of the web sites are written by people of our company or
the people who submit their links. Therefore, they are more precise.
- Timway is one of the most
popular search engine in HK which has been highly recommended by the
media and companies.
- Microsoft HK's portal
site chose Timway as one of the default HK search engines.
- Timway was the local search partner of Microsoft's
- Sina HK ,go2hk.com and House18.com
choose Timway as one of the default search engines.
- One of the ten winners of the ValueCommerce Affiliate
Site Contest 2000
- Sing Tao PC Market stated that Timway provides more
fields to search and the news are more updated. (31th January, 2001)
- SCMP reported
Timway is one of the most popular search engines for Hong Kong-related
information. (12th April, 2000)
Apple Daily stated that Timway is perhaps the most popular Hong
Kong search engine. Many HK people go to Timway to find Internet
(24th March, 2000)
- PC WEEKLY
that Timway is popular among the Internet users.
(30th November, 1999)
- The Sun News
Publisher Ltd. stated that Timway provides better search than
Yahoo!. (6th August, 1999)
- e-zone, published by Career Times stated that Timway is
one of the
representative search engines in Asia and its valuable element is that
it is updated daily. (3rd August, 1999)
- e-zone reported that Timway provides better HK
information than Yahoo!. (20th July, 1999)
reported that Timway is the largest bilingual search engine providing
information on Hong Kong. (30th May, 1999)
- Ming Pao Weekly
stated that Timway is one of the famous Chinese search engines. (27
WEEKLY , published by Ming Pao, concluded that if one is looking
for information about HK web sites, Timway is the suitable one to be
used. (19th May, 1999)
- User Weekly suggested that Timway is well-organized and
it covers a
wide range of information. It is also convenient to use. (26th March,
- PC CHOICE stated that Timway is suitable for finding HK
websites. (15th Oct, 1998)
- ATV's "Hong Kong
Today " stated that Timway covers a wide range of topics. (26th Aug,
- <The Complete Book of
the Chinese Websites> published by the Wan Li Book Co. Ltd., chose Timway
as one of the representative web sites in HK. (July, 1998)
- Next Magazine reported the
successful story of Timway (July 17th, 1998)
- Sing Tao PC Market
stated that Timway contains a large variety of information (July 8th,
- Timway was selected as
one of the best HK search engines by
PC World HK (May, 1998)
- Timway was highly
recommended by PC home.
(April 28th, 1998)
- Ming Pao reported that Timway is
simple to use and the search speed is faster. (Feb 1st, 1998).
- Homenet stated that
Timway has hundreds of categories and comprehensive coverage of
contents (Nov, 1997).
- Education portal
- Software shopping
How we start Hong Kong Search Engine?
We were fascinated at the internet when we found that it can
provide information conveniently. However, searching for information
about Hong Kong in the commonly used search engines is not easy. Much
unrelated information can be obtained. Although there were some
established Chinese or Hong Kong Search Engines, some did not support
searching Chinese while some did not have a good categorization... Hong
Kong is an information center. There should be a specific search engine
for Hong Kong. And this search engine should provide comprehensive
information about Hong Kong. Therefore, a Hong Kong Search Engine was
developed. Developing a Hong Kong search engine is not easy. Hong Kong
is a city that both English and Chinese are used. The program should be
able to search both languages. Searching Chinese is not the same as
searching English. It is more complex. We have used much time to
investigate this to find out the solutions. After a long time
investigation, we devised the program that can search both Chinese and
English. And now, we are excited to find out that it has become one of
the most popular web sites in HK. Thousands of people come to this site
every day to find information they want. We will try our best to
provide the best service to our visitors. And we will never give up!
- Timway HK Search Engine
Senior Technology Advisor: Professor Michael Chau