• In 2011, estimates placed the number of indus
trial robots in China at 52,290. • Three of the biggest metro systems in the world are now in Chinese cities – Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Beijing has a metro system stretching 442 kilometres and is used every day by 5.97 million people. • According to Mass Transit magazine, China is using domestic consumption and increasing urbanization to spur economic growth and is hoping to increase investment in metro systems in the country by 10 per cent per year. Ten Chinese cities are expecting to receive permission soon to begin work on building new metro systems: Chengdu, Chongqing, Donggu, Hangzhou, Kunming, Ningbo, Tianjin, Tsingdao, Wuxi and Xian.
Image: Arunachalam Muruganantham.