China’s official internet research group, CNNIC, has translated its 17th Survey Report with stats that are up to date as of 12/31/05. There’s a nice analysis section that shows trended data over the last 9 years since CNNIC has been doing these surveys.
majority of users are (still) male, unmarried, under 30, with educational levels below Bachelor’s degree and monthly income less than 2,000 Yuan (~US $250)(including no income).
97.2% of Chinese Internet users use desktop computers to log on, 18.2% use lap tops.
broad band (xDSL, Cable Modem, etc.) users reached 64.3 million, a 50% increase since the same period last year, comprising 57.9% of all Chinese internet users.
Chinese internet users spend 2.5 hours more per week online as compared with one year ago.
urban internet penetration about 17%; rural about 3%.
almost 30% of those aged 18-24 are online.
growth rate of Internet use has slowed significantly in past two years.