The library is pleased to announce expanded access to China Data Center. Despite the conventional wisdom that reliable statistics on China are hard to come by, several of our subscription databases such at EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts, IHS Global Insight and the the International Monetary Fund offer national level harmonized data. Free web sites such as the World Bank and United Nations offer national level data too.
However for a country with an expansive and diverse geography, population and economy, national level data may not be sufficient. China Data Center offers monthly and annual data series on the national, provincial, and city levels. Categories reported include industry, national accounts, prices, earnings, agriculture, construction, investment, government finance, transportation, communication, trade, health and culture.
The China Data Center works best with Internet Explorer. The interface is rather simple supporting drill down by statistical category, but not offering keyword searching. Data can only be cut and paste into Excel rather than by download and the a built in graphing feature is only available for a subset of statistics.
Some nice additional features of this resource are news on statistical releases, and access to the index to China Survey Data Network a resource similar to ICPSR in that its mission is to be a vehicle for social scientists to share data sets.