The population of China is estimated to be 1.36 billion, with 53% living in urban areas. (SOURCE: WE ARE SOCIAL)
The country has 618 million internet users with an internet penetration rate of 45%. (SOURCE: WE ARE SOCIAL)
Among Chinese who went online for the first time in 2013, 73.3% did so from a smartphone, making smartphone users the driving force behind growth in internet use in this market. (SOURCE: CHINA INTERNET NETWORK INFORMATION CENTRE)
Broadband coverage in rural areas expanded to 91% at the end of 2013 from 88% earlier in the year. (SOURCE: PEOPLE’S POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS NEWS)
The number of households with fixed-line broadband increased by 19 million to 189 million in 2013. (SOURCE: PEOPLE’S POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS NEWS)
China had 400 million 3G users at the end of 2013, having added 169 million subscribers during the year. (SOURCE: PEOPLE’S POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS NEWS)
The number of 4G smartphones shipped to the Chinese market in 2014 is forecast to rise to 72.4 million, nearly 16 times the number the year before. 4G phone shipments are forecast to make up 19% of the smartphone market in 2014. (SOURCE: IHS TECHNOLOGY)
The proportion of China’s internet users who went online with a mobile device rose to 81% in 2013 from 74.5% the year before. (SOURCE: CHINA INTERNET NETWORK INFORMATION CENTRE)
The proportion of users that accessed the internet with a desktop fell by 0.8 percentage point to 69.7% in 2013.The proportion that accessedthe internet from a laptop fell by 1.8 percentage points to 44.1%. (SOURCE: CHINA INTERNET NETWORK INFORMATION CENTRE)
China’s search engine market was worth RMB11.16 billion in the first quarter of 2014. Excluding channel revenue, Baidu had 79% of the market, Google China had 12.8% and Sogou 5.4%. (SOURCE: ENFODESK)
Including channel revenue, Baidu had 77.1% of the country’s search engine market in the first quarter of 2014, Google China had 11% and Sogou 8.1%. (SOURCE: ENFODESK)
Baidu remained the search engine market leader in China in the first quarter of 2014 as Chinese advertisers continued to give keyword advertising priority and mobile search helped support revenue. (SOURCE: ENFODESK)
Google’s share of the country’s search engine market kept shrinking in the first quarter of 2014,but its main revenue – from helping Chinese advertisers reach markets abroad – was steady. (SOURCE: ENFODESK)
Regine and I had originally wanted to have our dinner at Kakadu after watching a movie.
It took us quite a while to find the place from the subway station. After walking a long time, eventually tracking it down using our map apps, strangely, we decide not to have dinner there. Instead, we decided to look for another restuarant.
While walking around, we spotted a cosy little place and decided to have a try.
The place was packed. We left our phone numbers behind and took another walk around.
Looking round, we found several interesting buildings and architectural designs: