China is well on its way to becoming the world’s most important market for mobile devices. Sometime in February the number of iOS(s AAPL) and Android (s GOOG) activations in the country surpassed those coming from device owners in the U.S. — an important milestone. But how many iPhones and iPads specifically are there in China right now? Stenvall Skoeld & Co., which advises businesses and private equity firms looking for M&A opportunities in China, used reports from Flurry Mobile, Chinese mobile research firm Umeng and its own data to figure it out. The company found that as of the end of 2011 there were 21 million iPhones and iPads in China.

Those devices, according to their findings, are heavily concentrated in wealthier urban areas. Here’s a graph showing the distribution by region:

Stenvall Skoeld & Co. found that one in every nine residents of Beijing and one in every 11 residents of…

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