ON AN AVERAGE DAY IN CHINA more than 342,307 people visit from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and other places outside China. In 2006, a total of 124.9 million people visited. The overwhelming majority (79%) of these people were from Hong Kong and Macau, most making short business trips. More than 22 million foreigners and nearly half a million people from Taiwan visited in 2006.
ON AN AVERAGE DAY in 2006 878 people from China visited the United States. This number represented a 62% increase over 1996. Roughly five times as many Americans visited China as Chinese visited the United States. This indicates the greater ease for foreigners to go to China and the greater number of Americans capable of affording overseas travel.
By Tenja Young
ON AN AVERAGE DAY IN CHINA 2,739 children celebrate their birthdays at a KFC. KFC now has nearly 2,000 restaurants in over 400 Chinese cities. KFC's popularity with children and their parents is a big reason for its rapid growth since opening its first Chinese restaurant in 1987.
By Pou In Kuan
ON AN AVERAGE DAY IN CHINA, 1.2 billion text messages were sent. According to the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry, over 429.67 billion cellular text messages were sent in 2006.
The rapid and widespread adoption of cell phones by Chinese is, of course, critical to the popularity of cellular text messaging. In 2006, 67.68 million new cell phones users were registered in China. By the end of the year, 461 million Chinese, some 35% of the population, were using cell phones.
ON AN AVERAGE DAY in China, approximately 1,703,975 pigs are consumed. According to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture, Chinese consumed 51 million metric tons of pork in 2006, roughly half of the world’s total pig consumption. The report also states that United States consumed around 8.6 million metric tons last year.
ON AN AVERAGE DAY IN CHINA film goers visit 1,325 movie houses, with 3,024 screens. The
By Lawrence Gu
ON AN AVERAGE DAY in China last year some US $52,328,767 was spent building or improving 890 kilometers (557 miles) of rural roadways. This construction is linking heretofore isolated communities to the national road network and is improving existing linkages.
Please join the U.S.-China Institute and PEN America for the West Coast launch of the PEN America report on social media in China, Forbidden Feeds. We will discuss the report and Chinese social media more generally.