Internet in China

In recent years China has seen the biggest, quickest and most impressive growth of internet use anywhere in the world.

In 2008, China overtook America for having the world’s largest number of netizens (wangmin 网民), with their online population growing to 253 million. The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) – a government office for internet statistics – releases regular reports on usage in the country.

The July 2014 report shows that this number has now reached 632 million. This represents an increase of more than fifteenfold since 2001.

The internet has also fundamentally transformed the Chinese landscape of public communication. Chinese netizens are articulating, posting and sharing their views in portals, websites and blogs.

This section introduces Chinese search machines and video streamings as general information, as well as websites of particular importance providing official information on the Chinese government and its leaders.

More internet links to more specific areas of knowledge are provided under subsections of contacts, education, business and travel.