to year statistics released by a State Council think
tank reveal Internet users in China grew from 2.4
million at the beginning of 1999 to 8.9 by year's
end. That represents a 270% growth rate year-on-year
and it appears to be consistent--between July 1999
and the beginning of this year the increase was over
also reveal a change in the typical Chinese Internet
user. The vast majority remain young (under 35)
and single (64%). But there are more women using the
Internet (men decreased from 86% of all Internet users
to 79%) and most now access the Internet from home
and pay for the service themselves. Only a year ago
fully half of all Internet users accessed from the
office. Almost 20% of Chinese Internet users have
personal web pages.
is exploding in China with a 186% jump in the number
of Chinese web sites (from 5300 in 1999 to over 15,153
today). Over ten percent (10%) of Chinese Internet
users access the web from an Internet
café. The centers of China's Internet economy
are the most connected cities and regions. Beijing
leads the pack with over 20% of China's Internet population,
followed by the prosperous, high-flying southern province
Guangdong (just under 13%), and Shanghai (over 11%).
Shanghai has 158% more people on the Internet today
than this time last year. Other high concentrations
of Internet users are economically advanced Jiangsu,
Shandong, Zhejiang, and Liaoning provinces.
The figures released by the China
Internet Network Information Center are based
on a survey of Internet users conducted last December
1999. The accuracy of the data was greatly enhanced
by a much larger valid sample of survey respondents.
Chinese use the Internet for email and for information.
And the most prevalent form of information is news
(65.5%). Most Chinese choose their Internet Service
Provider (ISP) by how fast a connection they offer
and the most important single issue relating to China's
growing Internet is slow access speed. According to
the study, almost 12% of respondents had their systems
hacked. Interestingly, no less than 47.35% admitted
that they never changed their system or computer passwords.
A surprisingly high number of Chinese click on
on-line banner ads (49%). The biggest concern
about ecommerce is the security of the transaction
Of the most popular web sites visited by Chinese
Internet users, six are well-known American brands.
Coming in as the fifth most popular site is Yahoo,
followed by Hotmail,
tech firms Microsoft
and IBM, the website
of the National Basketball
Association, and Disney's general portal, the
a list of the 50 most popular web sites in China,
see the links at the left!
Based on details
released by the China Internet Network Information
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