China's economy continued its boom in March and inflation accelerated to the fastest rate since 2008.
Growth was at a faster-than-expected 9.7% between January and March from the same period a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said.
Consumer prices rose by 5.4% in March compared with a year earlier. In February, the annual figure was 4.9%.
The government has been taking steps to try to cool property and food prices, the BBC reports.
Chinese inflation has been accelerating despite four interest rate rises since October.