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Urban China Embraces Web; Rural Regions Lag

Urban Chinese are embracing the Internet. One especially popular site is Ninth City, which provides an imaginary world. Men and women can plan weddings, invite guests, set up registries and tie the knot -- multiple times. There are half-a-million bloggers now. But a digital divide remains between wired city dwellers and poor, often illiterate country peasants.

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Rob Gifford
Rob Gifford is the NPR foreign correspondent based in Shanghai.