A young Chinese woman surfs the Internet. PHOTO BY TOM CHRISTENSEN.
China has surpassed the United States as the country with the largest number of Internet users in the world, although use of the Internet differs in the two countries. While the majority of U.S. users shop online, for instance, only about a fraction of Chinese do. Nevertheless, e-shopping in China surged dramatically in early 2009.
Internet use in China began with the sending