A conference about standardizing the administration of Internet cafés was held in Hefei (in Anhui Province) on January 11, 2011. The Vice Minister of Culture, Ou Yangjian, said that Internet cafes have become an important part of the culture industry. Over the next five years, (China) will strongly promote connecting the Internet cafes into chains and gradually phase out the use of stand-alone Internet cafés. Ou said that, as of the end of 2009, there were 138,000 registered Internet cafes, which had 13,160,000 computer terminals and 135 million Internet users (35 percent of all Internet users).
Source: China News Agency, January 11, 2011