Cyber cafes attract crowds in China

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The first Internet cafe to open in China's capital last October is claiming an average of 100 visitors a day, and new cyber outlets are mushrooming throughout the city as the trend catches on.

Customers go to the cafes to enjoy fast, convenient Internet travel while drinking freshly-made coffee and listening to music. Connections are claimed to be much faster than available from other Internet service providers in Beijing.

In the first Internet cafe, which opened in downtown Beijing, 20 PCs are lined along the back walls, while tall tables and stools stand in the center.

Copyright March 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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