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The taxi hailing app Uber will soon be launching in 15 new cities in China as part of its expansion in the country.
The new cities are all located in Sichuan province, which is home to around 87 million people.
It forms the first part of Uber’s expansion plan, with the company aiming to be present in over 100 Chinese cities by the end of the year. The Sichuan rollout will bring it up to 37 cities.
As part of the rollout, Uber has unveiled UberSTATIONs in the new cities, which are large panda-shaped pick-up-points designed to help drivers and riders find each other.
Uber faces stiff competition in the Chinese market, with its biggest rival being Didi Kuaidi, a Tencent-backed company which has an estimated 80% market share.