Bitcoin is #1 Trending on China’s Biggest Search Engine During 2019 Highs

Bitcoin is #1 Trending on China’s Biggest Search Engine During 2019 Highs

Bitcoin is now top of the list of trending keywords in the Baidu search engine, China’s equivalent to Google.

After plummeting from the all-time high in late December, Bitcoin reached a low of around $3,200 before surging in recent days above $5,000. The $5,000 line has proved itself to be a crucial battleground as a psychological market of support/resistance. At the time of writing, Bitcoin is testing resistance and trading at $4,997.95.

Understandably, the surge has led to a renewed interest in Bitcoin. The leading cryptocurrency is clearly a hot topic in the enormous Chinese market – Google also shows a major increase.

The following Google Trends search analysis shows a massive spike in Bitcoin searches in recent days. Bitcoin searches more than tripled from 31 to 100 since March 31.

Google search results and tweets per day are positively correlated with cryptocurrency price action according to a study by Yale University economists.

Despite the nation’s status as a Bitcoin mining hub, China has been outspoken in its lack of support for Bitcoin as a currency. The Chinese government banned ICOs in 2017 and heavily regulated trading, with talks of a Bitcoin ban on many occasions. However, a Chinese civil court ruled that Bitcoin constitutes personal property and has the right to be legally protected as such.

With the country’s rocky relationship with Bitcoin, it’s surprising to see such a spike of interest. Interest in Bitcoin is now triple that of any other commodity according to Baidu search results with a reading of 9715 vs 2236.

Bitpay’s CCO, Sonny Singh, commented on the rising interest in Asian markets.

A lot of times these price spikes happen in America but now that it occurred when the markets closed, one can easily say that it shows how the Asian market is becoming. BTC trades 24/7 around the world and that has become evident. I don’t know what made the market move but my analysts had told me that once BTC breaks the $4300 mark, it will zoom on the price charts.
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