BEIJING, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese stocks closed higher Wednesday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.73 percent, at 3,562.66 points.
The Shenzhen Component Index closed 1.34 percent higher at 15,212.60 points.
The combined turnover of stocks covered by the two indices came in at 1.21 trillion yuan (186.6 billion U.S. dollars), up from 966.7 billion yuan on the previous trading day.
Shares related to lithium batteries led the gains, while those in the sectors of airport and coal mining and processing suffered losses.
The ChiNext Index, tracking China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, gained 2.78 percent to close at 3,560.05 points Wednesday.