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The emerging service sector also grew very fast, Meng said.
In April, the information transmission industry, along with software and inform
ation technology services, grew 25 percent year-on-year, 17.6 percentage points higher than the national index of services.
Online retail sales amounted to 3.04 trillion yuan ($440.2 billion) in the first four m
onths, a year-on-year increase of 17.8 percent. Around 17.07 billion parcels were delivered, up 24.8 percent over last year.
She said the transformation of traditional industries is speeding up as they combine with information technology.
“Through implementing national big data and internet plus strategies, internet, big da
ta, and artificial intelligence technologies have been widely used in China’s real economy,” she said
To encourage them to move, Guizhou authorities have used a better schooling for their children as bait,” said Zhang Qing of Guizhou’s provincial Education Department.
“More than 130,000 children will be enrolled in the 1,600 preschool facilities and primary and secondary schools near their urban s
ettlements. Also, 333 nurseries and junior high schools will be built to enroll some 50,000 relocated children,” Zhang added.
To promote educational development and cultivate more high-quality teachers in the country’s central and w
estern regions, China launched a State-level training program for rural primary and middle school teachers in 2010.
Primary school teachers in Guizhou have joined the training at Beijing Normal University.
In September 2014, President Xi Jinping met with teachers from Guizhou who were r
eceiving training at Beijing Normal University. The group of teachers later wrote a letter to Xi.
In a letter of reply to the Guizhou teachers, Xi asked them to lead education reform in poor areas.
About 20 Chinese martial arts schools in the Wudang Mountain region have tra
ined about 30,000 kung fu enthusiasts from around the world.
Yuan Xiugang, a member of the Wudang Martial Arts Association, has taugh
t over 60 foreign students since 1995. One of his apprentices, Jack, a 29-year-old from Ill
inois in the US, first arrived in Wudang 10 years ago. Now Jack has become a kung fu coach.
“My goal is to open a school in the US, letting more Americans appreciate authentic Chinese martial arts,” he said.
Thomas, another of Yuan’s students, is from France and explores tea culture. He leases about
two acres of a tea garden at Wudang Mountain. After mastering the technique of processing tea leaves, Th
omas decided to sell his products to European countries, like France and Austria.