China Tops 100 Million Internet Users

By Lin Yuguo, Central News Agency
October 7, 2005 12:00 am Last Updated: October 7, 2005 12:00 am

HONG KONG – According to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), there are over 103 million Internet users in China. One out of every thirteen Chinese people uses the Internet. Getting online has become part of daily life for people in China.

According to a Hong Kong-based news Web site, 10 years ago there were only about 50,000 Internet accounts. Recently, a sampling survey of 2,400 people in five cities indicated that Chinese Internet users spend an average 2.73 hours daily on news, e-mail, games, collecting information, or chatting.

The CNNIC indicated that 103 million is a milestone number and it is anticipated that the Internet users in Mainland China will increase a hundredfold within seven years.

At the end of June 30, 2005 45.6 million computers had been used to access the Internet this year alone. This is a 20 percent increase from the same time last year.