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China's national census

Posted by bodawei October 10, 2010 in the Group General Discussion .

China's sixth nationwide census will start on Nov. 1 and finish in June 2012, Guangzhou Daily reported on Tuesday. 

The census-takers will go into every household to collect data from Nov. 1 to Nov. 10. They will ask for private information, such as nationality, education, occupation, marital status, births, social security, death and housing. 

People from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and foreigners living and working on the mainland will be counted for the first time during the sixth national census.

From People's Daily Online, 2010/10/10

Notices have already gone up - my notice says that data collections officially started 2010/10/08.  

I would like to follow any other poddies' experiences with the census collectors .. 

I've learnt a little vocabulary already - they will ask if I am 流动 liúdòng (itinerant).  I wonder if foreigners will be asked the full range of questions?   

I think I will start by writing out the notice,headed 温馨提示 wēnxīntíshì (amusingly translated as 'Warm Tips' at a nearby public toilet.)   

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