Inner Mongolia is an autonomous region of China, located in the north of China. While the area might be unknown to a lot of China observers, it is a thriving region: per capita GDP reached RMB 28,350 in 2015 ranking 10th among all 31 provinces with an annual growth rate of 9%. It also has an abundant land area: While the area holds only 24 million people, it takes 12% of China’s total land area.

The area will see more growth as China Railway Corp plans to launch a high-speed train that connects Inner Mongolia’s capital city Hohhot to Beijing, reducing its average nine hours travel time to less than three hours.

According to a statistics released by 21 Caijing, Oppo (40%) and Vivo (30%) phones are the most sold phones in third tier cities, followed by iPhone (29%). The order goes same for fourth tier cities, as Oppo, Vivo, and Apple take 31%, 25% and 22% market share, respectively.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com