Demographic statistical data about China including Census, Housing, Macroeconomics, Industrial, City and Provincial data is offered by two suppliers: 1) China Data Online and 2) EPS China data. There is some overlap but also some unique coverage and chronology included by each vendor. Language coverage also varies for what is only in Chinese and for what English translations provide. Users should consult tabs created for both vendors documenting what is available.
In addition, China Data Online has CHINA GEO-EXPLORER, which is a bilingual English and Chinese comprehensive GIS platform for China demographic and economic data, maps, charts and reports in the web-based spatial system with more than 6,500 variables. Users can export selected data to Excel, HTML, PDF, Word or GIS Shape files.
China Data Online is one of two primary data sources for China studies. It includes (1) China Statistical Databases; (2) China Census Databases; and (3) China Spatial Data Service (China Geo-Explorer). It provides easy access to the various statistical yearbooks published by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, comprehensive statistics, and Census data of economy and population at national, provincial, city, county, and even township levels.
EPS Data provides a series of statistical databases on China. Currently, the EPS Data platform includes 41 China databases (see a list below), of which original numerical data are sourced from industrial, regional and national organizations, and updated on monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. It has a wide subject (natural resources/environment, economy, international trade, industry, public health, and social/urban/suburban development, etc.) and geographical coverage (all regions of China). It contains over 1.2 million basic and combined statistical indicators in time series with a yearly increment of more than 30 million numeric data. Overall, it is a one-stop shop, offering data retrieval, processing, analysis, forecasting, visualization display and export.
EPS Data has both English and Chinese interface supporting keyword searches/subject browse in both languages. The User Guides (in English) can be found at:
User Guide: Basic Functions
User Guide: Characteristic Function
The EPS Data Database List:
Database Name | Year Coverage | Update Frequency
Trade and Foreign Economy
Resources and Environment
Humanities and Social Sciences
County and City Data