Baidu [Image Search]

Baidu's image search uses its own crawler to search Chinese language pages. The results can be restricted by different categories: Image size, color, timeliness, moving image. Related searches are also suggested.

Language Chinese

Launched 2003
Closed No

Developer Li, Robin and Eric Xu

Country of Origin China

2003 - [...] Baidu, Inc.

Topic Image SeEn

Region China

Technical functionalities
Image Search Engine

Used SeEn Baidu Image Search

Robot: Baiduspider-image (Source)

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

HighBeam Business (Jul 21, 2003): »Pictures search engine takes photos from 150 million Chinese web pages and is the biggest Chinese photo warehouse in the world.« Source

»Baidu Image Search enables users to search millions of images on the Internet. Baidu Image Search offers features such as search by image size and by image file type. Image listings are organized by various categories, which are updated automatically through algorithms.« Source


Wikipedia: »The name Baidu is a quote from the last line of Xin Qiji's classical poem "Green Jade Table in The Lantern Festival" saying: "Having searched thousands of times in the crowd, suddenly turning back, She is there in the dimmest candlelight." The context of the poem is that in ancient China, girls had to stay indoors, and the Lantern Festival was one of the few times they could go outside. In the chaotic sea of lantern lights, they would sneak away to meet their lovers and exchange promises to meet again next year. A summary of the entire poem: Flowers bursting into bloom in the sky, stars falling like rain (fireworks/meteor shower), Whole streets filled with perfume, jeweled horses pulling ornate carriages, fish and dragon lanterns dancing throughout the entire night. A body decorated with golden thread and butterfly trinket, laughter that has a subtle fragrance. Having searched for this person until exhaustion, when suddenly turning back by chance, I find her standing lonely in the far end of the street in the waning light. Many people have asked about the meaning of our name. 'Baidu' was inspired by a poem written more than 800 years ago during the Song Dynasty. The poem compares the search for a retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour with the search for one's dream while confronted by life's many obstacles. '...hundreds and thousands of times, for her I searched in chaos, suddenly, I turned by chance, to where the lights were waning, and there she stood.' Baidu, whose literal meaning is hundreds of times, represents persistent search for the ideal. — Robin Li« Source

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Other Sources

[not longer available] HighBeam Business (Jul 21, 2003): Baidu Launched News Search Engine and Pictures Search Engine URL:

Created: 2016-01-21