As Didi and Uber go head to head to conquer the Chinese market, Stephen Zhu, VP of Strategy and Head of Taxi Services at Didi has said it’s a much harder task to master China’s cities than comparable markets like San Francisco.

“Of course it’s more difficult, because Beijing has 20 million people. When you compare the difficulty level it’s like comparing calculus with algebra”, said Mr. Zhu onstage at TechCrunch Beijing on Tuesday, an event co-hosted by Technode.

“The traffic system is more complicated here,” he continued, saying that matching the thousands of passengers with cars within Beijing’s convoluted traffic network was an ongoing challenge, with the company processing over 50 terabytes of data each day.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com