The Internet has come a long way since the days of dial-up and desktop instant messaging. And the companies that shaped web culture have become so embedded in daily life that their names have become verbs -- Facebook(FB) me! Just Google(GOOG) it!
In China, American companies are something of an afterthought. Instead, a group of homegrown firms are powering ahead with innovations of their own.
Surging investor interest is pushing the value of these Chinese Internet companies through the roof -- and some are considering expansion into other markets. Here's a look at some of the major companies shaping China's virtual landscape.