The result offers some relief for investors, who watched the world's number 2 economy wobble a year ago as the trade conflict with the USA took a toll.
For a slowing global economy - on display Wednesday with Germany's government cutting its 2019 growth estimate - China's stabilization and the prospect of stimulus is a relief.
Economists forecast a full-year growth rate of 6.2 per cent in 2019, down from 6.6 per cent last year.
All eyes have been on Beijing's infrastructure spending which expanded 4.4 percent in the first three months after plummeting to 3.8 percent growth past year amid a campaign against debt and financial risk.
Beijing has ramped up fiscal stimulus this year to bolster growth, announcing billions of dollars in additional tax cuts and infrastructure spending, while Chinese banks lent a record 5.8 trillion yuan (US$865 billion) in the first quarter.
Asian stocks closed higher on Wednesday after a raft of positive Chinese data pointed to a recovery in the world's second-largest economy, dampening fears of a global slowdown.
Industrial production, for instance, expanded 8.5 per cent in March from a year earlier, the strongest growth since July 2014, against expectations of a 5.9 per cent gain.
Construction materials such as steel and cement showed strong gains.
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The case for stimulus was bolstered by less rosy data that accompanied news of the growth rebound: The surveyed jobless rate remained over 5 per cent for a third month and the nominal growth rate, which is un-adjusted for price trends, decelerated.
Recovery of Chinese growth and demand for imports might help to reinforce declining global economic activity.
The exchange of tit-for-tat tariffs previous year between the world's two-biggest economies on roughly $360 billion worth of each others goods had dragged on global growth and hammered sentiment before both governments agreed a truce.
China's Gross Domestic Product for the first quarter rose by 6.4%, better than the expected 6.3% growth predicted by analysts in a Reuters poll.
Auto sales extended their decline in March, falling 4.4 per cent from a year earlier compared with a 2.8 per cent drop in the previous month.
The government will fully mobilize the initiative of all sectors of the society, and redouble efforts to implement policies to ensure the economy performs within an appropriate range and advance the high-quality development, the NBS said. At the same event, Li said that China would aim to deliver almost 2 trillion yuan (£227bn, $298bn) of cuts in taxes and other company fees to help boost the economy. In Beijing, the annual new vehicle quota dropped to 100,000 in 2018, and each licensed gasoline-fueled auto has to be idle one day a week.
The broader fixed-asset investment indicator rose 6.3 percent on-year for the first quarter, from 6.1 percent in January-February.
China's economy continued to grow steadily in the first quarter, exceeding expert expectations notwithstanding the continuing tariff dispute with the United States.
The central bank has already slashed banks' reserve requirement ratios (RRR) five times over the past year and is expected to ease policy further in coming quarters to spur lending and make borrowing costs more affordable.
But some analysts said authorities could be more cautious about further stimulus if data remains solid.