Local governments throughout China have adopted such marketing methods as auctions to allocate land use for commercial purposes.
Last year, the area of land auctioned off made up 15 percent of the total area of land leased across the country, said Tian Fengshan, Minister of Land and Resources, at an ongoing national meeting attended by leading regional land and resources officials.
In comparison, the proportion of auctioned land ranged between 2 percent and 5 percent in the 1990s, he said.
Of the total land transfer fees, the proportion gained from marketing methods also went up from 20 percent in the 1990s to 41.5 percent in 2002.
Meanwhile, a growing number of provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions have also been experimenting in auctioning off exploration and mining rights.
Last August and November, Jiangxi Province in east China and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the northwest auctioned off mining rights to a gold mine and a coal mine respectively, which aroused interests both at home and overseas.
Under its former planned economy, the Chinese government had long followed procedures for administrative approval to allocate land use and mineral resources.
Tian urged local land and resources officials to widen reforms in leasing land and resources, and work harder to cultivate the market.