The year 2014 marked twenty years of the internet on mainland China. Internet users in world’s most populous country reached 649 million as of the end of 2014, a 5% annual growth, according to the latest annual report by CNNIC.

Some 27% of internet users were from rural areas. The total internet access rate increased 2% year-on-year to 48%.

Mobile internet users reached 557 million, an 11% increase. Some 86% of Chinese users now access the internet through mobile phones, up from 81% a year ago.

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