On Friday China Network Television aired a 25 minute report on bitcoin in China. This report included topics such as buying, mining, trading, buying and the price. There’s a point of sale transaction and even an American who explains how it’s easier to get US dollars in his account with bitcoin then with the traditional financial system.
After this exposure there has been a spike in search volume at the popular Chinese search engine Baidu. Reaching a level of over double the previous maximum. China now is the country with the most downloads of the bitcoin client in the past week. The full effect will not be felt until Monday or Wednesday of next week as the traditional banking system is slower to react. Bitcoin is currently trading at 720 Chinese Yuan about the equivalent of US$117 at BTC China. This is compared to the price of $112 at MtGox.