What people did on Mobikes over the May 1 holiday weekend – China business and technology news from May 9, 2017

Business & Technology

A summary of today’s top news in Chinese business and technology. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "A bedtime story about massive infrastructure projects."


Technode reports on data released by bike share company Mobike analyzing user behavior during the Labor Day holiday weekend from April 29 to May 1. Some of the findings are:

  • Usage of Mobikes was up 17.2 percent from the weekend before nationwide.
  • The largest spikes in usage were in tourist destinations: bike use in the pleasant coastal city of Xiamen shot up 51 percent, while in scenic Hangzhou, it increased by 47 percent.
  • The five places that attracted the most Mobike users were Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chengdu.
  • Many Mobike users who live in Beijing and Shanghai headed to Chengdu for the holiday weekend, while Guangzhou and Shenzhen residents head to Haikou and Xiamen.  

In March, SupChina published “Bike sharing done right: A real Chinese innovation” together with a video showing how the bikes work.