...the rest of the world is not that far behind. They are going to be watching the PBOC's grand experiment very carefully to see how the population goes along with it, or what kind of resistance is offered.
Bitcoin exchanges will continue under increasingly burdensome regulatory restrictions, but setting up accounts and transacting with others via exchanges will eventually be more time-consuming and annoying than setting up a bank account.
So is bitcoin really now more valuable than gold now? You might need to ask a philosopher. All I know is that people sure seem to be willing to pay a lot for it at the moment.