In 2012, 1.63 million out of more than 6 million Taobao&Tmall stores are located in county – or – lower level, according to the latest report released by Alibaba. 595.7 thousand are in villages or small towns, of which more than 260 thousand are selling agricultural products (The rest are selling goods from plants or wholesale markets, not of the earth).

If more than 10% of residents in a village are running Taobao stores or retailers living there make more than 10 million in annual revenue combined, it would be counted by Alibaba as a Taobao Village.

The fourteen largest Taobao villages, operating 10 thousand stores in total, generated a total of 5 billion yuan in sales in 2012. They are in seven provinces in East and South China.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com