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  • China's Puzzling Numbers (link to full story on WSJ)
  • China has over 900 million mobile phone users - China had more than 900 million mobile phone subscribers at the end of April (2011) with nearly two-thirds of the world’s most populous nation using cellular technology. (click for details on Vancouver Sun May 24, 2011)
  • The most surprising demographic crisis: A new census raises questions about the future of China’s one-child policy (click for details on The Economist)
  • China’s New Census: The Ancient Country Is Growing Old (click for details)
  • Most recent census shows that China has 1.37 billion people (click for information of the most recent census and related figures)
  • China Approaches 900 Million Mobile Phone Users (click for details on PC World)
  • China's phone users reach 1.17 billion (click for details on Rediff Business)
  • Facebook users in China doubled to 700000 within a month (click for details)
  • 'Cellphone sales in China grew 57% in 2010' (click for details)
  • By the end of 2010, total number of China Internet users reached 457 million, a 73 million increase over the year of 2009.
  • China GDP grew about 10 percent in 2010 - Vice Premier (click for details)
  • China's census complicated by citizens' reluctance to reveal personal details (click for details on OneIndia)
  • China’s online-video market goes legit, Commentary: And Apple gears up to crack Chinese market - If there is one sector that has lived up to the China growth-story hype with truly big numbers, it is media and telecoms, with 450 million Web users, 800 million cell-phones users, and roughly 370 million TV households. By Craig Stephen --  (click for details on Market Watch)
  • China begins once-in-a-decade population count (click for details from Xinhua)
  • China has 189 billionaires - China's billionaires rose by 69 to 189 this year, according to the Hurun Rich List 2010 Tuesday (click for details on Sify)
  • Beijing disputes IEA energy use data (click for details)
  • China passes U.S. as top energy consumer (click for details)
  • China revises up 2009 GDP, creeps closer to Japan (click for details)
  • China Feb 3G Cellphone Users Grew to 16.06mn
  • Special Link: Statistics: China Internet Users - Who are they? Where are they from?)
  • China's 3G users hit 9.77 mln by October 2009.
  • Total Suicide Number in China: 260,000 per year (2008)
  • China hides North Korea trade in statistics (Reuters)
  • China’s media activity has rocketed in recent years. It now has:

    2,000 Newspapers

    9,000 Magazines

    287 TV channels

    700m Mobile phone users

    338m Internet users

    180m Bloggers

  • China's Internet Users is 338 million, which is outnumber U.S. Population (by end of June 2009)
  • China's urban population exceeds 600 million;  yawning gap with rural income - Xinhua BEIJING, June 15 (Xinhua) -- China's urban population surged to 607 million with an urbanization rate of 45.7 percent at the end of 2008, a social researcher revealed Monday.

        The urban population had increased by 148 million since 2000, almost level with the rural population in the world's most populous nation with 1.3 billion people, according to Shan Jingjing of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

        In the early 1980s, the rural population accounted for nearly 80 percent of the total.

        The urban surge reflected economic growth and internal labor movements, including 130 million migrant workers who left rural homes to work in the cities, said Shan, who is also vice editor-in-chief of the Blue Book of Cities in China, published by the CASS on Monday.

        According to the blue book, China has 118 megalopolises of more than 1 million people, and 39 such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenyang are super metropolises of more than 2 million residents.

        Compared with the 2000 figures derived from China's fifth census, urban citizens covered by basic medical insurance had increased 93.87 million, basic pension insurance participants increased 17.53 million, unemployment insurance participants increased 7.55 million, employment injury insurance participants increased 16.37 million and maternity insurants increased 14.06 million.

        Urbanization had not narrowed income gaps. According to the blue book, the urban: rural income ratio averaged about 5 in 2008 by contrast with the gap in 2000 when the ratio was 2.79, said Wei Houkai, co-editor-in-chief of the blue book.

        With rapid urbanization, China was also encountering surging challenges amid the global downturn, which has had a serious impact on the economy, the book warned.

        "One of the challenges will be unemployment," Shan said. "According to research on 15 enterprises in five provinces, job vacancies have decreased by 5.3 percent since the end of March."

        The unemployment situation would be worsened by China's huge labor pool with an annual 15 million new job hunters and some 6 million college graduates this summer, Shan said.

        According to the Ministry of Agriculture in March, there were 11 million unemployed migrant workers.

        But the book also mentioned that a CASS survey conducted in Jiangxi, Sichuan, Jiangsu and Guangdong Provinces after this year's lunar new year (late January-early February) found that the migrant return rate was not as high as media reports claimed.

  • China takes first place in email spam (Inquirer)
  • Making Sausages, Data in China - China's economic data are a bit like sausages: If you're a fan, it's best not to scrutinize how they're made.  (Wall Street Journal)
  • TAKE A LOOK-China commodities, energy trade and output data - Reuters
  • Information official: China-based blogs exceed 100 million

    Nov. 7, 2008 - China-based blogs total 107 million, with more than 42 percent of netizens running a blog, a senior information official said here on Friday.

    Cai Mingzhao, deputy director of the State Council Information Office, made the comment at the 2nd U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum.

    The number of blogs was about 40 million just a year ago.

    Cai noted Web 2.0 service, which makes writing and other sorts of participation of Internet users possible, has inspired many people to create content online.

    There were 253 million people online in China as of June, up 56.2 percent year-on-year. E-commerce transactions amounted to 2 trillion yuan (about 300 billion U.S. dollars) in 2007, and 25 percent of netizens had bought something online as of June this year.

    "China has the world's largest online population and I believe the number is showing continuous growth," said Hu Qiheng, director of the Internet Society of China.

    Hu said online music and news are the most popular types of web content in China, and instant communication services, video streaming, search engines and online games also ranked high on the popularity list.

    "The Internet is a strong driver of the reform and opening-up process of China and a new engine of the development of China's economy and society," said Cai. (Xinhua)

  • China said the number of Internet users in the country reached about 253 million last month, helping China overtake the United States as the world's biggest Internet market.
  • China Population
  • Trade between China, ASEAN hits $202.6 bln, three years ahead of schedule
  • China exports $4 bln of farm machinery in 2007, up 50%
  • Increase of college enrollment in China to hit decade low in 2008
  • China's online gaming population exceeds 40 million
  • China's phone subscribers to hit 976 mln in 2008
  • Accidents kill over 100,000 in China in 2007, down 10%

BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- A senior official with the Chinese work safety watchdog said Friday that 101,480 people died in workplace and transportation accidents in 2007, down 10.1 percent year on year.

"The production safety situation is improving nationwide, but relevant agencies still shoulder arduous tasks in the coming year," Li Yizhong, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, said at a national workplace safety meeting held Friday in Beijing.

"The total number of accidents last year - 506,376 - was still unacceptably big," said Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee of the CPC Central Committee.

This figure is 19.3 percent lower than the previous year.

Zhou called on local governments to step up work safety supervision and inspections to prevent severe accidents from happening especially in some accident-prone sectors as the traditional Spring Festival is approaching in February.

In a similar development, the country's safety watchdog publicized temporary provisions on uncovering hidden dangers in the workplace on Thursday, another effort to improve the country's work safety conditions.

The provisions, which would take effect on February 1, 2008, stipulated that any person or unit could report directly to the safety watchdog on spotting potential dangers in the workplace in a timely manner.

Zhou added that the country had closed 11,155 small coal mines in the last five years and invested more than 83 billion yuan (11.42 billion U.S. dollars) to upgrade coal mine safety technologies and equipments.

  • China To Sell More Than 10 Million Cars In 2008
    January 10, 2008 7:38 a.m. EST , Annabella Bulacan - AHN News Writer

    Beijing, China (AHN) - The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers announced that auto production and sales may exceed more than 10 million this year, from 8.7 million in 2007.

    According to the association's vice chairman, Dong Yang, even the skyrocketing oil prices would not slow ongoing growth in the auto sector.

    "Production and sales in China's auto industry will continue to expand at double-digit rates in 2008 despite rising oil prices and stricter emission standards," Dong said in a report by Dow Jones.

    Next to the U.S., China is the world's biggest car market and it ranks third in the global list of largest vehicle producers, behind the United States.

    Auto sales in the country were on the upswing since 2006 with recorded sales placed at 7.2 million units.

    Dong attributed the favorable showing in the improving economy and people's buying power, further stressing that, "Motor vehicles will play an extraordinarily important role in China's consumer spending".

    In a related report, Germany's Audi AG, the luxury car maker owned by Volkswagen AG, confirmed the significant increase in demand for luxury cars in China, including the A4 and A6 models.

    In 2007 alone, the company had total sales of 101,996 units in China, compared to 81,708 units sold in the previous year, translated to a 25 percent increase.


  • China's tourism receives $160 bln income in 2007

BEIJING, Sept. 18, 2008 (Xinhua) -- China's tourism income reached 1,095.7 billion yuan (160.328 billion U.S. dollars) in 2007, up 22.6 percent year-on-year, said China National Tourism Administration on Thursday.

The country hosted 131.87 million inbound tourists last year. Domestic and outbound travelers surpassed 1.6 billion and 40.95 million respectively.

The international tourism income reached 41.91 billion US dollars, up 23.5 percent. Domestic tourism income reached 777.06 billion yuan, up 24.7 percent.

The international inbound market maintained fast momentum last year. Tourists from other Asian countries took up 61.5 percent of all international tourists. Republic of Korea continued to be the first on the list of nations.

By the end of 2007, the country had 13,583 star hotels, up 6.5 percent, while the number of travel agencies increased to 18,943 from 17,957 in previous year.



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Statistics for Quick Reference

Accidents and Disasters
  • 101,480 people died in workplace and transportation accidents in 2007.
  • More than 89,000 killed on China's roads in 2006
  • China's 2006 natural disasters killed over 3,000
Illegal Drug Related Statistics
  • Illegal Drug Users: 1.14 million (2004)
  • The number of China-made movies reached 330 in 2006, up 27 percent over the previous year.
  • China has 287 TV channels
Foreigners in China
  • A total of 593,832 foreigners were living on the Chinese mainland by the end of 2010, according to data from the sixth national census, which was released by the National Bureau of Statistics in April 2011)
Health and Related Statistics
  • Total number of induced abortions in China: 13 million per year (Note: this number excludes the 10 million abortions by medicine and the abortions done in non-government registered clinics. (National Population & Family Planning Committee 2012)
  • Smoking Population in China: More than one quarter of China's population (about 300 million adults) smoke, and tobacco kills one million Chinese people every year.
  • The number of new HIV/AIDS infections in China was about 70,000 in 2005, with 25,000 deaths reported across the country.
Internet, Computer and Network
  • China's Internet Users is 564 million (by end of June 2012)
  • China piracy cost software industry $20bn in 2010 (source: Sydney Morning Herald)
  • By the end of 2010, total number of China Internet users reached 457 million, a 73 million increase over the year of 2009.
  • China's Internet Users is 338 million, which is outnumber U.S. Population (by end of June 2009)
  • Total online advertising in China is expected to reach 12.2 billion yuan ($1.76 billion) in 2008, growing 58.5 percent from last year, according to the Data Center of the China Internet.
  • Online shopping in China topped 59.4 billion yuan (8.2 billion dollars) in 2007
  • China has 47 million bloggers and 72.82 million blogs, though only 28.75 million blogs are active,
  • China has More Than 2.6 million websites.
  • China's online sales to top 51 bln yuan in 2007
  • China now has 97 million broadband users.  
  • Total number of journalists in China: 700,000.
  • Total newspapers: 2,000 Newspapers, and 9,000 Magazines
 People and Social Development
 Products and Export
  • China accounts for 95 percent of global output of rare earths, 17 chemically similar metals used in hybrid cars and wind turbines.
 Smoking Polulation
  • According to 2012 statistics, smoking population in China is 301 million. Among them, Chinese male accounts for 52.9 percent of total male population and female accounts for 2.4 percent (12.60 million female smokers). Around 1 million people dead for smoking and second hand smoking death number is over 100,000 everyear.
Tele Communication
  • China has over 900 million mobile phone users - China had more than 900 million mobile phone subscribers at the end of April (2011) with nearly two-thirds of the world’s most populous nation using cellular technology.
  • China Approaches 900 Million Mobile Phone Users
  • China's 3G users hit 9.77 mln by October 2009.
  • By the end of 2007, China had 370 million fixed-line subscribers and 530 million mobile subscribers
  • 700m Mobile phone users
  • China's 3G users hit 9.77 mln by October 2009.
  •  China has nearly 160 million motor vehicles. Jan. 2008

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Reports: China Development Statistics
China has more newspapers and magazines
There are ten times as many Chinese newspapers and magazines than there were 30 years ago. That's when the country adopted the reform and opening-up policy.

Figures from the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) show there were 186 newspapers and 930 magazines in China in 1978. Today, the country has 2,081 newspapers and 9,363 different magazines.

In the meantime, official figures show China has some 600 publishing houses producing nearly 300,000 kinds of books. That's a dramatic increase from the 105 publishers of the past that produced only 10,000 different books.

Rapid economic development and universal education since China adopted the reform has helped fuel the need for more information sources.

Under the market economy, hundreds of publishing houses and newspapers have taken steps to restructure management systems into corporations listed on the stock market.

The legal system overseeing the news and publishing sectors in China has also changed over the last three decades. Since 1990 a law and five relevant regulations were adopted in 1990 to govern the sectors.

Since it started in 1993, digital publishing has flourished. Its industrial volume amounted to 20 billion yuan (2.93 billion U.S. dollars) in 2006. More than 500,000 kinds of digital books were produced last year alone in China, which is more than any other country in the world. (Xinhua News 2008-10-08)

China has 680,000 executives and 35% are women - China has 680,000 business executives in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, up 14 percent from 2007, and 35 percent of them are women, according to the 2008 China Business Executive Survey (CBES) carried out by China Market Research (CTR).

China?s rising class of business leaders is getting younger and higher in status. Department heads and general-managers make up 77 percent of the total and 25-44 year olds account for 70 percent. Managers born in 1970s are becoming the backbone of the group. Their average annual earnings were 157,000 yuan in 2008, up 36.5 percent from 115,000 yuan in 2007, while their household income grew by 39 percent to 263,000 yuan. The executive class, it seems, are media junkies, with 88.4 percent regularly reading newspapers, 86.3 percent watching TV, and 74.7 percent surfing the Internet.

The survey found that 69 percent of executives have favorite brand products that they are reluctant to change. Nearly all (97.3 percent) own property, and 61 percent focus on location and amenities when choosing a house. The number owning a car rose 10 percent to 47 percent; 65 percent say they consider safety features when deciding what car to buy, while 50 percent pay attention to fuel consumption and emissions.

74 percent have investments, with 43.2 percent owning shares, 27.6 percent investing in mutual funds and 9.5 percent owning life insurance policies.

Many felt under pressure, with 47 percent complaining of high workloads and 41 percent fretting over personal responsibilities. 66 percent said they felt more pressure at work this year than last, and over 50 percent said general pressures of life were growing. But 72 percent of executives say they are satisfied with their present jobs and lifestyle.

CTR Market Research interviewed 3,800 people in eight major cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dalian, Hangzhou, Wuhan and Chengdu) for the 2008 China Business Executive Survey. Executives were defined as entrepreneurs, department heads and managers responsible for at least 50 staff. By Jessica Zhang ( October 6, 2008)

China's online advertising market near 11 bln yuan. Xinhua 08-02-24  - China's market in online advertising surged by 75 percent to 10.6 billion yuan (1.48 billion U.S. dollars) in 2007, according to a report by Internet consultant iResearch Inc.  The surge was largely driven by a boom in search engine advertising, or keyword advertising, which experienced an annual growth rate of 108.6 percent, said the report. Search engine advertising accounted for 27.3 percent of the market in terms of value, up 4.3 percentage points over the previous year, and it was predicted to hit 30 percent this year, the report said. Online brand advertising jumped 65.3 percent to 4.86 billion yuan in 2007 and was expected to reach 23.7 billion yuan by 2011, said the report. Advertising embedded in games, software and video clips would also become the major driving forces for online advertising, it said. The firm forecast that China's online advertising market would hit 17.2 billion yuan this year and 37 billion yuan in 2011. China had 210 million Internet users at the end of 2007, the world's second largest online population and only five million fewer than the United States, according to the China Internet Network Information Center. However, the United States reported more than 22.5 billion U.S. dollars in online advertising last year, about 15 times that of China.

Online shopping nearly doubled in China in 2007: report - BEIJING (AFP) — Online shopping in China topped 59.4 billion yuan (8.2 billion dollars) last year, state media reported Tuesday, up more than 90 percent from a year ago. Fifty-five million of China's 210 million Internet users shopped online last year, the Xinhua news agency said, citing a report by China Internet Research Centre and, the nation's largest online shopping portal. In 2006, 43.1 million Chinese used the Internet for shopping, with the value of transactions standing at 31.2 billion yuan, according to an earlier report by China Internet Research Centre. The report released this year forecast online sales, which now account for less than one percent of China's total retail sales, would make up five to eight percent of total retail sales by 2012.

China's customs revenue in 2007 hits record high
China's customs revenue reached a record 758.46 billion yuan in 2007, up 24.3 percent year-on-year, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said on Monday. The customs revenue increased partly because of the increase of imports, which were up 20.5 percent to 865.5 billion U.S. dollars during the first 11 months of last year. The customs revenue from telecommunication equipment, integrated circuits, television receivers and printing machines rose considerably due to the increase in imports of these products, the administration said. More imports of high-end cars and SUVs, and rising prices of imported staple goods such as copper, nickel and other metals also contributed to the revenue rise, it explained. The higher export tariffs on some goods, which were aimed at curbing exports and balancing foreign trade, had also increased customs revenues by about 20 billion yuan, it said. 2008-01-07.

China's technology trade exceeds 130 trillion yuan
People's Daily Nov. 24, 2005 - China's technology market reports a trade volume of 133.4 billion yuan in 2004. This is learned from the National Technology Market Work Conference held on Tuesday in Beijing. Enterprises became the biggest buyers and sellers in the market with their technological output and purchase accounting for 56 and 75 per cent of the total market trade amount respectively. (Click for full report)

Buying Chinese goods saves Americans $100 bln a year
by Liao Xiaoqi, Vice Commerce Minister of China
The Sino-US economic and trade relations are among the most important bilateral economic relations in the world. Over the 26 years since China and the United States of America established formal diplomatic relations, bilateral economic relations have developed rapidly with cooperation having expended to various areas of economy. The Sino-US trade volume has grown from the $2.5 billion at the beginning to $169.4 billion in 2004. By the end of 2004 the US has invested in 45,000 projects in China, increasing in-place investment to $48 billion. From January to October this year trade between China and the US reached $127.3 billion, up by 26.2 percent year on year. The US is currently the second largest trade partner of China while China is the US' third. (Click for full article) Nov. 30, 2005

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A Statistical Comparison  Between China and United States

Development Indicators

China United States
Population 1.31 billion 301 million
GDP $2.7 trillion ($2,054 per person) $13.2 trillion ($43,950 per person)
Taxes Collected $486 billion ($370 per person) 2.5 trillion ($8,297 per person)
Balance of Trade $177.5 billion (surplus) $225 billion (deficit)
Cell-phone Users 461 million (35 per 100 people) 219 million (73 per 100 people)
Cable TV Subscribers 139 million (11 per 100 people) 110 million (37 per 100 people)
Airline Passengers 160 million 658 million
Foreign Visitors 22 million (9% from USA) 51 million (1% from China)
Private Cars 11.5 million (9 per 1000 people) 136.4 million (450 per 1000 people)
Deaths in Traffic Accidents 89,445 48,433
Practicing Doctors 1.97 million (15 per 10,000 people) 745,000 (25 per 10,000 people)
Feature Films Produced 330 699

All $ US Currency/  Source  TIME Mar. 19. 2007


China Tourism Trade with Canada in 2006


  China to Canada Canada to China
Number of Trips Number of trips: 139,000 Number of trips: 250,000
Average Duration Average duration: 28.8 nights Average duration: 21 nights
Total Spending Total spending: $257-million Total spending: $451-million

Source: Tourism Industr

China Economic Development Data



More than 89,000 killed on China's roads in 2006
Xinhua, Jan. 2, 2007 - The number of road traffic deaths in China was 89,455 in 2006, 9.4 percent fewer than that in 2005, and the first time below the 90,000-benchmark since 2000, according to the Ministry of Public Security. "The country recorded 378,781 traffic accidents in 2006, down 15.9 percent year on year," said a ministry spokesman on Monday. The 38 major traffic accidents - accidents with more than ten fatalities each - resulted in 558 deaths, dropping 30.9 percent from 2005. It was the lowest number of major accidents since 1991, he said. According to an analytical report, about 130 million violations of traffic rules by drivers last year led to more than 76,000 deaths, down 16 percent, among which the death toll from speeding, fatigue and drunk driving went down 24 percent from the previous year.

China to be world's third largest auto-manufacturer
Dec. 30, 2006 - China's auto industry has grown so rapidly in the five years since the nation joined the WTO that it will soon become the world's third largest auto manufacturer behind the United States and Japan. Since 2001, China's annual auto output has tripled and the nation has gone from being the fifth largest car manufacturer in the world in 2002 to the fourth largest in 2005. Over the last five years, China has fulfilled its commitments to the WTO by adopting a series of measure to further open its auto industry. In the first 11 months of this year, China produced 6.65 million cars, putting it on track to reach 7 million for the year, making China the world's third largest auto manufacturer behind the United States and Japan. China is expected to sell 6.4 million vehicles this year. (Full report)

Traveling Volume Hits Record on May Day Holiday May 8, 2007 - It's estimated that the reception volume and total tourism revenue have grown by 10 percent in the past golden week holidays, contrasting with the previous year. The Xinhua News Agency reported. Inbound and outbound tourism as well as the domestic tourism all heated up during the week-long holiday. Hong Kong and Macao were the hottest travel destinations for outbound Chinese travelers. New travel patterns, such as traveling in rural areas, leisure travel and self-guided tours also emerged as favorite methods for tourists. The total volume of retail holiday sales reached 320 billion yuan or some 42 billion US dollars, an increase of 15 percent over the same period in 2006.


Economy Up 11.1% in 1st Quarter
The Chinese economy has started 2007 on a strong note, expanding by 11.1 percent in the first quarter. But fears that the rapid economic growth will drive interest rates higher weighed on the stock markets yesterday. Data showing inflation rising to 3.3 percent in March cemented expectations that tighter monetary policy will be needed to cool the overheating economy. Stocks fell nearly 5 percent in Shanghai as a delay to the data release fueled fears of an even stronger number. (Click for full report.)


Statistical review of 2006

People's Daily, Mar. 2, 2007 - Listed here are some key figures from the Statistical Communique on the 2006 National Economic and Social Development, compiled by the National Bureau of Statistics and issued on February 28, which allow clearer insight into the year that just passed, 2006. They present a picture of better days, with lower energy consumption and higher economic growth and performance, a larger grain output and funds for scientific and technological research, as well as an increase in farmers' income and overall employment. (Click for full report)


China's GDP grows 10.7% in 2006, fastest in 11 years
China Daily, Jan. 26, 2007 - The economy turned in another sparkling performance last year, with gross domestic product (GDP) growing at the fastest clip in 11 years and inflation moving below 2 percent. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) yesterday announced that GDP grew by 10.7 percent to reach 20.94 trillion yuan ($2.68 trillion). The consumer price index, a key indicator of inflation, inched up by a mild 1.5 percent. (Click for full report.)


Traffic accidents claim more than 18,000 in first quarter
Xinhua News, April 2, 2007 - More than 78,000 traffic accidents in the first three months of the year have claimed the lives of more than 18,000 people and injured 93,000 others, the Ministry of Public Security said on Monday. The numbers of accidents were down 21.5 percent, deaths declined 13.2 percent and the number of people injured dropped 20.2 percent compared with the same period in 2005, said the ministry. Speeding was the main cause of the motor vehicle accidents, accounting for 14.4 percent of the death toll, according to the ministry.


Economy Grew 9.9% in 2005: Statistics
Xinhua News, Jan. 25, 2006 - China's economy grew 9.9 percent in 2005 on the back of improved efficiency, mild inflation and enhanced vitality, Li Deshui, director of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), announced at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday morning. Preliminary estimates show that gross domestic product (GDP) for the year stood at 18.23 trillion yuan (US$2.26 trillion), Li said. The rate was marginally lower than the 10.1 percent growth in 2004. (Click for full report)

Art: There are 2,563 art ensembles across the nation. (by the end of 1997)

Average Economic Growth: Between 1993-1997 the annual average economic growth is 11%.

Drug Addicts: Based on a report from Ministry of Public Security in Feb. 2000, the registered drug addicts in China in 1999 are 681,000, a 14.3% increase over last year; compared with 10.3% increase in 1998 over 1997 . Unofficial estimation: the total drug addicts currently is between 3.5 and 4 million. (Source:

Education: There are 52.49 million students in junior middle schools and 139.95 million pupils in primary schools.(by the end of 1997) 

Employment: Registered Unemployment by the end of April 2004: 81 million. History Data: unemployment rate by the end of 1997: 3.1% (official data). Registered unemployed people in urban area are 5.8 million. (Dec. 31, 1999 data); 14 million (Dec. 2000 data) Source: China Journal. New official statistics show by the end of Sep. 2002, the total number of unemployed people: 7.5 million.

Foreign Exchange Reserve Data

***Hong Kong Foreign Exchange Reserve by the end of Oct. 1998: 88.7 billion (USD). (The only data available in this website.)


GNP: $1,000 billion USD

GDP (2007)  24661.9 billion yuan RMB (3425.3 billion US$) a 11.4% increase over 2006.

Gold Production: 173 ton (the year of 2000) (News: China discovers five major gold mines in 2007)

Health and Medical: The total number of hospitals and clinics: 320,000, the total number of doctors: 1.39 million, nurses and technicans: 1,05 million. About AIDS in China: First case found in 1985, and by now 173 had died, and HIV infections: 400,000, two third of them are regular drug users (July 1999 data).

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) population in China: 100 million.

Nearsightedness (Myopia) According to the most recent survey, about 50% Chinese teenagers are suffered from nearsightedeness compared with 15% in 1970's. (Source: Feb. 25, 2000)

Smoking Population: 350 million (2003 data), female share about 10% of the total smoking population. (compared with 1% in 1978 and 4% in 1996).

Smoking: (based on data collected in January 2000, by China Consumers Association) Smoking population in China: 350 million (about 50 million smokers are teen-agers), shared about 1/4 of total smoking population in the world. 62% Chinese male and 3.8% Chinese female smoking. 37.6% of total Chinese population smoking.

For those smokers in China, 16 cigarettes on average per day; and the expense for smoking shared 15% of their income.The average age of first smoking in China is 25 years old, 3 years earlier than that of 1984.

The total smoking population in China increased 3.5% compared with the statisitcs in the year of 1984 (Health Ministry of PRC Nov. 99 data.)

Population of Drug Addict: 791,000. (data of 2005 ). New drug addict population increased 22,000 in 2004.


Suicide & Suicide Rate: 2002 statistic shows there are 287,000 people commit suicide in China every year (about 22 per 100 thousand population), which is 42% of total suicide in the world. (Data of 2001)

Suicide Rate (Per 100,000) (source: WHO):  

  • Mainland China

Year Male Female
1998 13.4 14.8
  • Hong Kong SAR

Year Male Female
1996 15.9 9.1


Mental disease and mental disorder population: 16 million (1999 data)

Traffic Accident Death: More than 90,000 people died in traffic accidents each year. The rate is the highest in the world. (Sep. 2001 data) 

Total Number of Cell Phone Users in China: about 440 million in 2006. According to Xinhua, By the end of 2007, China had 530 million mobile subscribers.

Insurance income: in 1997: 108 billion yuan RMB (about $13 billion U.S. dollars), 39.3% increase over last year. 

Internet & Computer: Total Number of Computers: 12 million (Nov. 1999 data)
Internet Account: 10 million, 79% users are male and average on-line time is17 hours/week; 21.2% of the total Internet account are in Beijing; Email is the most often used service for Internet customers. The Internet users share 2% of total population compared with USA 45%; South Korea 21% and Japan 15.5%. 

By the end of 2002, China's total number of Internet users are the second in the world. China Has 132 Million Internet Users, weekly average online time 16.5 hours (2006 data)

Year Internet Account Total No. of On-line Computer Number of Websites .cn Domain Registered % Female User
1997 0.62 million        
End of 1998         14%
June 1999 4 million        
End of 1999 8.9 million       21%
June 2000 10 million        
End of 2000 16.9 million       30.44%
End of  2001 33.7 million       40.09%
*June 2002 45 million        
End of 2002 59.1 million        
End of 2003 87 million 30.00 million      
End of 2004 94 million 41.69 million 430,000 669,000  
End of 2005 111 million 49.50 million 694,200 1,096,924  
End of 2006 123 million   2600,000    

*CNNIC data

Optical Fiber Information Network: 1 million km (Nov. 1999 data) 


Land Formation: Mountains 33%; Plateaux 26%; Basins 18.8%; Plains 12%; Hills 9.9%. 

Models: The total number of professional models: 7,800 (source: China Garments & Fashion Association, Oct. 2003.)

Natural Disasters Loss in 1998: 4610 people died; 380 million people have been negatively influenced; total loss: 307.2 billion RMB ($37.01 billion USD) (from official report ); Flooding: Loss in 1998: 3656 people died; 230 million people have been negatively influenced; Total loss: 264.2 billion RMB ($31.83 billion USD). (from official report ) 

Professionals in different fields of life: 29.14 million, 0.4% increase over last year. Independent R&D institutes: 5,399, the institutes affiliated to universities and colleges 3425.

Religions: China has about 5.5 million Protestants and 3.5 million Catholics (not include underground house churches)Number of Christianity: Official statistics on Christianity in China show there are 16 million believers, whose numbers are expanding in the Communist nation which also has 18 theological schools, with about 1,800 students.

Tele-communication: The telephone penetration rate is up to 8.1 per 100 people and the number of telephones in use ranks the second in the world.

China's phone subscribers to hit 976 mln in 2008
Xinhua) - China's phone subscribers, mobile and fixed line combined, are expected to grow by more than 60 million in 2008 to hit a total of 976 million, according to the Ministry of Information Industry. The ministry said Friday that by the end of this year, China's fixed-line and mobile phone subscribers will account for 27.1 percent and 46.4 percent of the population, respectively. Sources from the ministry said that the continuous falling of mobile communication charges has directly led to a sharp increase in mobile phone subscribers and some people even replaced their fixed-lines with mobile phones. In 2007, China's mobile phone subscribers increased by 86.22 million, while fixed-line subscribers fell by 2.33 million. By the end of 2007, China had 370 million fixed-line subscribers and 530 million mobile subscribers, the two figures combined accounted for a fifth of the world's total phone subscribers, according to statistics from the ministry.

Traffic Accident: Total number of death in traffic accidents in 2003: 104,000 people; Rate: 10.8 death per 100,000 cars. China says 2008 traffic deaths down to 73,484

TV Viewers: The total number of TV viewers (4 years old and up): 1.115 billions, sharing 93.9% of national population. (Dec. 2002 data)

Unemployment Rate: 7% (Sep. 2002 data).

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