Chinese general social survey, 2003

The China GSS is an annual or biannual questionnaire survey of China’s urban and rural households aiming to monitor systematically the changing relationship between social structure and quality of life in urban and rural China. The objectives of the China GSS are: (1) to gather longitudinal data on social trends; (2) to address issues of theoretical and practical significance; and (3) to serve as a global resource for the international scholarly community. Includes: labour force activity, demographic variables, household size and composition, ethnicity of R and parents, mobility, dwelling, income, expenditures and facilities, education, military service, etc.

Series title
Chinese general social survey
Data creator

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Survey Research Center

Date of creation
2006 Apr
Date of distribution
2007 Feb
Time period

Multi-stage stratified sample

Date of collection
Mode of data collecton


Unit of observation
Extent of file

1 data file (1,000 logical records) & accompanying documentation (5 pdf files)


This file is a random sample of 1,000 cases from the full survey sample of 5,894 cases.

Access status
Access conditions and restrictions

University of Toronto faculty, students and staff, for academic research and teaching only