The China’s netizens reached 989 million as of December 2020, an increase of 85 million from the end of last March, according to a report on China’s internet development.
The internet access rate in rural areas has reached 56 percent, with users accounting for over one-third of the nationwide user population.
Thanks to the increasingly expanded internet coverage, the booming e-commerce business has been rolled out in 832 poor counties across the country.
Rural e-commerce has attracted a large number of migrant workers, college students, and retired servicemen and women to return home and start their own businesses. By the end of 2019, there were 13.8 million rural e-commerce shops.
Online retail sales in rural areas have increased from 180 billion yuan in 2014 to 1.7 trillion yuan in 2019. Total online retail sales of agricultural products reached 398 billion yuan in 2019, bringing profits to over three million farmers.