The China Data Center datasets provide yearly historical indicators of social and economic characteristics of the People’s Republic of China. Included are national-level statistics dating in some cases to the 1950s. Premium subscriptions to Data-Planet also include access to subnational data distributed by the China Data Center, which provides data (as available) for all provinces, cities and counties within provinces, all cities, and all counties in China.
Statistics are provided on population; national accounts, including Gross Domestic Product and Balance of Payments; employment, labor, and wages; financial and banking data; price indices; government income and expenditures; agriculture; industry, construction, and transportation; domestic and foreign trade; education; health; and natural resources. The data are collected primarily by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, who is charged with the administration of the national statistical information system of China.
For "Explanatory Notes on Main Statistical Indicators of Macro-economy,” All China Data Center China Data Online, see http://chinadataonline.org/info/jieshi.asp. Also, search the knowledge bank at http://chinadataonline.org/askandanswer/ .
Founded in 1997, the University of Michigan China Data Center serves as an international center for advancing the study and understanding of the People's Republic of China. The Center integrates historical and social and natural science data in a geographic information system with the goal of supporting research in the human and natural components of local, regional, and global change; and promoting quantitative research on China, collaborative research in spatial studies, and the use and sharing of China data in teaching and research. The China Data Center partners with several Chinese government agencies and companies, and is exclusively authorized by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in distributing China statistical data and publications and providing data services outside of China. The work of the Center is intended to facilitate comparative and interdisciplinary uses of the data, enabling both nonspecialists and China scholars to understand and utilize these data, and enhance knowledge of China.
Clink on the links below to view sample DataSheets created in Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference that provide statistical abstracts complete with infographics of indicators included in the China Data Center datasets. From the infographic, you can also enter Data-Planet Statistical Datasets to further manipulate the data and explore relationships between these metrics and other indicators in the vast Data-Planet repository. [Note that when you are logged into Statistical Ready Reference, you can create an updated version of the DataSheet to view the latest available data.]
The indicators below are linked to DataSheets. These are just a sampling of China Data Center statistics to give you an idea of the granularity of the available data. There are many more indicators on this topics in the repository - add search terms for agriculture, social and economic development, government, etc. Contact your library staff for help in formulating your search strategy.
Divisions of Administrative Areas - Shows the number of town and township governments in China.
Natural Conditions and Resources - Shows the increase over the in the area of cultivated land in the province of Hainan.
National Accounts - Shows the trend in the GDP of the province of Guangxi.
Balance of Payments - Shows the position of goods in the current accounts balance of China.
Population - Shows the trend in the registered household population of Hohhot City, the capital of Inner Mongolia.
Employment- What might account for the drop in employment in Suining City districts of Sichuan province in 1998?
Investment in Fixed Assets - Tracks investment in fixed assets of state-owned enterprises in China.
Price Indices - Shows the trend over time in the Consumer Price Index of China.
People's Livelihood - Displays the trend in net income per capita of the rural population of Zhaodong City in Heilongjiang province.
Agriculture - Shows the amount of hectares impacted by natural disaster in the province of Guizhou.
Industry - Tracks the gross industrial output of Guangdong province. From the DataSheet, click through to Data-Planet Statistical Datasets to compare how much of this value comes from light vs heavy industry, or from state- vs collective-owned enterprises.
Construction - Construction is booming in Ningxia province in recent years.
Transport - The number of private private passenger vehicles in Shanghai grew from 47,500 to 1.4 million, 2000-2012.
Post and Telecommunication Services - Shows the number of letters sent by post in Hunan province. What might account for the spike in 2003 and subsequent drop?
Domestic Trade - Tracks the increase in domestic sales of consumer goods in China.
Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation - View the total value of international trade in Liaoning province.
International Tourism - Tracks the trend in the value of international tourism in Beijing.
Banking and Insurance - Shows liabilities to international financial institutions for the nation as a whole.
Culture - Displays statistics on the number of volumes held in the collections of public libraries in Qinghai province.
Health - The number of health institutions in Tianjin province spiked in Tianjin province in 2003. Why?
Environmental Protection - Tracks the volume of sulphur dioxide emissions in Guangxi province.
Social Welfare and Insurance - Shows the number of beds in homes providing social welfare services in Henan province.
City Infrastructure - Shows tap water production capacity of the rural province of Yunnan.
Financial Indexes - Tracks the trend in sales revenue of industrial enterprises among China's enterprices.
Finance Yearbook - Displays the growth rate over previous period of total government revenue.
Education Yearbook - What might explain the drop off in the number of primary schools in Yunnan province since 1990?