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Ctrip's nerve center at its Shanghai headquarters gathers data from 300 million users to make suggestions tailored to their preferences. (Photo by Sanmiao Photo)
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ERI SUGIURA, Nikkei staff writer | China

SHANGHAI/TOKYO -- The data center inside the Shanghai headquarters of International, China's biggest online travel agency, looks like a war room. Huge screens with maps of the globe stretch across the walls, logging in real time the travel plans of some 300 million users.

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