Hmm, this question is confusing.
Apache isn't involved in reading web pages, it's involved in serving web pages.
As for character sets, you say you have a Unicode problem -- are you trying to read Chinese text or web pages that are encoded in Unicode? (As opposed to GB-5, or whatever.)
If you are using Mozilla (the default browser in Redhat 9), you can try various encodings by going to:
View > Character Coding > More > East Asian > ... and then there are many encodings you can try. If you really are trying to read Unicode Chinese (pretty uncommonly used ont the web, unfortunately), you can do:
View > Character Coding > Unicode (UTF-8)