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Living in China: Study finds middle class ‘unhappy’

Shanghai’s middle-class families are the least happy, according to the White Book of Happiness of Middle Class Families released by Manulife-Sinochem early this year […]

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China Economics

Intellectual Property: Survey shows public awareness of IPR low in China

Results of a recent survey show that while Beijing and Guangdong residents have a reasonably high awareness of the issues surrounding intellectual property rights (IPR), the majority of their fellow countrymen know little about the question […]

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Living in China: Shanghai soon to be city of geriatrics

Shanghai’s permanent population graph is likely to dip further this year, the authorities said recently. The births of 96,700 children were registered with the city’s hukou, or household registration, system last year while 107,000 died, following a 15-year negative natural growth, a report from Shanghai Municipal Statistics Bureau said […]

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Living in China: Study finds obesity may be a growing problem among kids in Shanghai

Researchers are concerned that obesity may become a bigger problem among children in Shanghai after completing a study that found kids here have almost the same average height and weight as those in the United States, Shanghai News Times reported. The research team, under the leadership of Jiang Yifang, dean of children nutrition at the Children Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, found that boys aged 10 to 15 were slightly taller and heavier on average than those in the US…

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Internet in China: more than 70% Hong Kong households connected to internet

More than 70 percent of Hong Kong households have a personal computer connected to the Internet, strengthening the city’s status as one of the world’s leading digital hubs: Hong Kong’s Census and Statistics Department said that the figure represents a slight rise on last year when 71.7 percent of households had a computer and 67.1 percent had it connected to the Internet. The survey conducted in mid-2007 found 1,671,600 households, or 74.2 percent of all domestic premises in Hong Kong, had a personal computer. Of them, 94.5 percent had their computers connected to the Internet, representing 70.1 percent of the city’s households […]

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China Consumer Behavior Information Technology

Chinese People and their Mobile Phones: SMS

As in most Western countries, mobile phones are also very popular in China, among all different age groups and walks of life — sometimes seen in very unusual places. The contrast between China and other Western countries shows up in the — astronomical — numbers: up to 1997, there was little over 10 million mobile phone service subscriptions… today, there are more than 400 million.