Deciphering number plates: China

In 2004, approximately two million cars were registered in both Beijing and Shanghai. Yet by 2010 there were 4.8 million cars in Beijing and “just” 3.1 million in Shanghai. This is because, ever since 1994, Shanghai – along the lines of Singapore – has been restricting the number of plates available and issues them through a bidding system.

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Published: 25. 6. 2019


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