movable. However, internet blurs the boundary and allows people to access high-quality resources without leaving their home.
According to the action plan, China will promote Internet Plus in several sectors such as healthcare, elderly care, education and culture, to boost new con
sumption based on internet platforms, and develop online and offline coordinated consumption.
According to a report from the China E-commerce Research Ce
nter, in 2017, China’s online education market was worth 240.2 billion yuan, up 53.97 perc
ent from the previous year. The figure is expected to grow to more than 400 billion yuan in market scale in 2018.
The upgrade in information capacity usually brings about great changes, Wang Zhenzhong, an engi
neer from Alibaba Group, told the newspaper. “It will upgrade the former consumption and create new consumption sectors.”
Pray, Lady Qiao, come to Earth this day. Teach me embroidery and how to sew… wisdom, joy and ingenuity, do on me bestow.”
In Xihe county of Longnan city, Gansu province, these lyrics are well known to women. The county is one of 189 in China des
ignated as poverty stricken, in which 223 out of 384 villages are deeply impoverished.
Xihe county is at the upper reaches of the Jialing River, south of the West Qinling Mo
untains, and as well as having its roots in farming is also known for its scenic beauty.
For centuries, women there have been highly skilled in needlewor
k. Legend has it that they were tutored by none other than Lady Qiao, also known as the “w
eaver maid”, and who was said to be the youngest daughter of China’s folkloric Queen Mother.
Lady Qiao (qiao means ingenuity) was endowed, it is said, with not o
nly good looks but also noble righteousness, and was a magnificent embroiderer.
So local girls and young women worship her, and in the week leading to the sevent
h day of the seventh month-according to the Chinese lunar calendar-they celebrate by singing, dancing and pray
ing in a tradition called qiqiao (asking for ingenuity) that can be traced back to before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).