Say it once again: China’s education market is huge and is moving online. While local startups are building online education services by modeling western ones or improving the must-criticized existing education system in China (they have raised so much money in the past half a year alone), local Internet giants are building platforms to accommodate all of them.

Alibaba — Taobao Classmates

Tabao’s ultimate goal is to have every business to sell products, physical or virtual, on its online marketplace. Nobody would feel surprised at the launch of a marketplace for selling online courses or offline events recently but wonder what took it so long.

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Tracey Xiang

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