Chinese Cities Compared Using Google Trends China

Google Trends is a relatively new tool. Launched in May 2006 it gives insight in what people all over the world are searching for. Not in absolute numbers but by using graphs to show a trend.

popular chinese city searches

Google Trends

In their own words:

Google Trends analyzes a portion of Google web searches to compute how many searches have been done for the terms you enter relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. We then show you a graph with the results — our search-volume graph — plotted on a linear scale.

Google Trends China

On July 31 Google added Trends in Chinese. It is a fun tool to compare the popularity of keywords (There is a maximum of 5 keywords). In how far search data have been chinatized I don’t know as I haven’t tried comparing such terms.

In the version with worldwide searches there is graph that shows the number of times a topic appeared in Google News stories. This isn’t working yet for non-English headlines.

The most popular city in China, search-wise

I compared searches for Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu done from within China in Chinese.
Shanghai most popular city
The winner is .. Shanghai. But you probably already knew that if you read the Chinese. And no, this is not scientific research so it may be I should have included other cities.


Via Google Blogoscoped

Google Trends in Chinese - Cities compared

Google Trends in Chinese Translated - Cities compares

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2 Responses to “Chinese Cities Compared Using Google Trends China”

  1. Chief Asia Inspector
    August 22nd, 2006 03:58

    It would be nice to know the scale of the graph, but if the proportions are correct, then it seems that Shenzhen is still one of China’s best kept secrets even in China! I rate Shenzhen ahead of Shanghai, both for pleasure and business – talked about at length on my blog:

  2. Any Yahoo / Google Trends for Hong Kong? |
    February 11th, 2012 03:16

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