Test-taker sits for his 20th time
Liang Shi, perhaps China’s most famous test-taker, sat the national college entrance exam, also known as gaokao, for the 20th time this year, the Chengdu Economic Daily reported.
Liang, 49, took the annual exam when he was 16, but he did so poorly he was not accepted into any college.
In a subsequent test, he managed to get admitted to a local technical school, but dropped out because he felt he could do better if he retook the test. He has been trying his luck ever since, and this week he sat alongside some 9.4 million other test-takers.
Liang scored 417 points last year, 28 points less than the admission benchmark score, with poor performances in mathematics and natural sciences. He said his dream course of study was with the mathematics department of Sichuan University.
“This will be my last attempt. If I fail again, I will stop taking the exam,” said Liang.
Beijing will finish construction of its tallest skyscraper “China Zun,” which is steadily rising to 528 meters (1,732 feet) in height, by next July, the Beijing News reported. Construction started in July 2013. It will have seven floors underground and 108 floors above ground. The tower will house office space, a hotel and a high-end shopping mall. The building’s form resembles an ancient Chinese ceremonial vessel, called a “zun”, which was the inspiration for the tower’s name.