CRI Home - Photo- Forums - Talk China - Surf China - About China -  
  Webcast | CRI Today | China | World | Biz | SciTech | Sports | Life | Showbiz | Easy FM | Learn Chinese / English | Weather | Events
 
 
 
Chinese Internet Users Reach 103 Million
2005-7-22 12:08:20      CRIENGLISH.com
With 103 million internet users, China boasts the second largest.

A man is playing a Net game at an Internet Coffee in Shanghai, July 21, 2005.


China is now home to the second largest population of Internet users of any country on the planet, according to a survey released Thursday.

 

The number of Internet users in China has reached 103 million, second only to the United States.

 

About 9 million Chinese became netizens in the first half of this year, an increase of 18.4 per cent over the same period last year, the survey issued by the quasi-governmental China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) revealed.

 

However, while more than 67 per cent of the US population, about 135 million people, have access to the Internet, in China, the percentage is only about 7.9 per cent.

 

The survey also suggests great potential for growth in online shopping - nearly 20 per cent of Chinese Internet users have shopped online at least once.

 

Online trade volume in the first half of the year is estimated at 10 billion yuan (US$1.23 billion), with nearly half of that amount paid online, CNNIC engineer Wang Enhai said yesterday.

 

Online games players spent a total of 4 billion yuan (US$493 million) in the six-month period on virtual items such as equipment, arms and identities. "The amazing development in China's Web industry should surely draw attention from foreign investors," analyst Lu Weigang said yesterday.

 

Most of China's Internet users are well educated and have a hefty purchasing power, Lu said.

 

The report also said that by June 30, China had 45.6 million computers hooked up to the Net, compared with 41.6 million the previous year.

 

In addition, more people in China are surfing the Internet by broadband rather than dial-up.

 

"Listening to music and watching movies online is becoming more popular," Wang said, adding that e-mail, news, and search engines still top the list of the most frequently used services.

 

The survey also found an increasing number of people use the Internet to search for maps and locations, and most users use search engines to look for websites, software and mp3s.

 

As for the most common concerns, aside from viruses, Internet surfers said they are most annoyed by pop-up ads and windows. Others expressed worries about fraud, spam e-mail, and fake information on the Net.

 

(Source: China Daily)

 


        Talk China        Print        Email        Recommend
 
  Copyright of crienglish.com. All rights reserved.

Reproduction of text for non-commercial purposes is permitted provided that both the source and author are acknowledged and a notifying email is sent to us.
 
 

 
 
foreignerForeigners in China have to pay income tax if they earn over US$592 per month.
BeijingGolf courses and gas stations in Beijing will be under close watch.
Latest
MacaoReviewing Anti-Money Laundering Bills
China's Economy to Grow 9.2% in 2006: WB
Rich Eastern Province to Close All Collieries
Pakistani President to Visit China Feb. 19
Cinema Rules Relaxed for HK, Macao Investors
China Sees Rapid Growth in Marine Industry
China to Accelerate Technological Development of 11 Key Industries
More>>
Tibet
Xinjiang
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
 
            Producer:  Xie  Qiao      Pagemaker:  Li  Meng      Designer:   Avida