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China Numbers: Education, SARS & Chinese Brands

The numbers making news around China during the week of April 8, 2013

$102 billion 
Amount that Chinese spent on international tourism last year - a 40 percent jump from 2011. That growth vaulted China past Germany and the U.S. — the former No. 1 and No. 2 spenders, respectively. Wall Street Journal

94 percent 
Proportion of Americans who can’t think of a single Chinese brand. The Atlantic

$1.26 trillion
Amount spent on education in China over the last five years, reaching the target of 4 percent of gross domestic product. Bloomberg

5 percent
The decline in graduate school applications to the U.S. from Chinese students this year. New York Times

Year that Greenpeace projects Beijing will finally meet China’s own national air quality standard. China Dialogue

30 percent
Amount KFC’s sales in China dropped in 2003 during the SARS outbreak before making a full recovery a few weeks later. Some are predicting the bird flu will have a similar effect. Marketplace

70 kilometers
Length of a traffic jam following an accident on the Shenzhen-Shantou highway. Nanfang Insider

70 percent
Proportion of a second home purchase that buyers in Beijing must now pay upfront as a down payment – up from 60 percent previously. The measure is aimed at further cooling the real estate market. Caijing

Number of mistresses allegedly kept by Huang Sheng, former deputy provincial governor of Shandong. Tea Leaf Nation




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