Chinese Internet users reached 618 million as of December 2013 with 53.58 million more added in the year, according to China Internet Development Report released today by CNNIC.

The Internet penetration rate is 45.8%, with a 3.7% increase from one year ago. 28.6% of Internet users (177 million) and 40% of the newly added (21.01 million) are in rural areas.

Mobile Internet users reached 500 million, a 19% increase. That’s 80.09 million users that began connecting to the Internet through mobile devices in 2013.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com