During the ninth Five-Year Plan period (1996-2000), China has witnessed
rapid media development, with more than 90 percent of Chinese population
could enjoy radio programs, while over 92 percent of people have
access to TV programs.
Statistics from the State Development Planning Commission show
that by the end of 1999, China boasted of 2,038 kinds of newspapers,
298 radio broadcasting stations, and some 368 TV stations.
In a bid to take full advantage of news resources, China has established
15 newspaper groups, including the Guangming Daily Group, the Economic
Daily Group and the Wenhui-Xinmin Group, which run themselves under
the market principle.
Besides, China has set up and further developed the five major
Statistics show that China now has more than 1,300 museums, which
sponsors more than 5,000 exhibitions annually and host over 100
million visitors each year.
During the 1996-1999 period, some 590,000 kinds of books were published
in China, with total volume surpassing 29 billion.
Currently, China boasts of 527 publishing houses and more than
130 CD production lines.
Besides, China has over 2,700 libraries at or above the county
level, with a total collection of 385 million, which hosts 170 million
visitors each year.
(People's Daily 10/08/2000)