Still, inflation remained well within the governments comfort zone, giving Beijing ample room to step up targeted policy support if necessary to ward off any threat of a sharp economic growth slowdown.
Chinas consumer price index (CPI) rose 2.5% in May from a year earlier, quickening from a 1.8% rise in April. The number slightly exceeded market expectations of 2.4 percent, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Tuesday.
Food prices rose 4.1% in May from a year earlier, quickening from Aprils 2.3% rise, the data showed.
Month-on-month, consumer prices rose 0.1% versus a forecast for a 0.1% fall.