Beijing, Jan 20(ANI): The number of people using the Internet in China rose to 457 million at the end of 2010, up 73.3 million from a year earlier, a new report has said.
According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the figure shows that over one-third, or 34.3 percent, of China's population was using the Internet at the end of last year.
The report also said that Chinese netizens spent about 18.3 hours online every week or 2.61 hours each day.
The number of Internet users in China's rural areas totalled 125 million last year, up 16.9 percent from the previous year.
The report also revealed that the number of people shopping online climbed the most compared to other online services, the Xinhua news agency reports.
It was up 48.6 percent year on year, followed by people using e-banking and online payment services, up 48.2 percent and 45.8 percent respectively. (ANI)