Statistics show the number of Internet users in China reached 668 million by the end of June 2015, a surge of 18.94 million over the end of 2014.
The Internet penetration rate was 48.8 percent, 0.9 percentage points higher than at the end of 2013.
Meanwhile, China had 594 million mobile phone Internet users, a growth of 36.79 million over the end of 2014.
The number of mobile payment users, mobile online shoppers and mobile travel booking service users were 276 million, 270 million and 168 million, rising 26.9 percent, 14.5 percent and 25 percent from the end of 2014, respectively.
China’s economy is transforming from external demand driven to domestically driven, which in a large degree stimulates consumption, especially shopping online.
Shopping online is becoming a new economic growth point.
Data shows that in 2014, e-commerce transactions amount to 13,000 billion yuan, about 2,041 billion U.S. dollars, with year-on-year growth of 25 percent.
And the turnover of online retail sales comes to 424 billion dollars.
An expert said the number of Chinese netizens ranks first in the world, thanks to China’s complete information industry system.