Top uni­ver­si­ties swamped by tourists

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

hope he can learn some­thing and be in­spired to come here to study in the fu­ture.”

Study tour com­pa­nies around the coun­try offer cam­pus tour pack­ages every sum­mer. How­ever, cam­puses are gen­er­ally not well equipped to re­ceive hun­dreds of thou­sands of tourists.

“We ac­cept a lim­ited num­ber of tourists between 7:30 am and 11:30 am, and again between 2 pm and 5 pm. Group visi­tors need to make ad­vance reser­va­tions,” said a guard at the east gate of Pek­ing Univer­sity.

Just 900 me­ters away, the school’s coun­ter­part, Ts­inghua Univer­sity, uses more man­power, in­clud­ing cam­pus se­cu­rity and aux­il­iary po­lice of­fi­cers, be­cause its cam­pus is much big­ger and has more scenic spots than its neigh­bor.

“Dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tion, tourists can begin lin­ing up at the west gate, the only pas­sage for them to get in, as early as 2 am. The cam­pus starts re­ceiv­ing tourists at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm,” ac­cord­ing to guard at Ts­inghua’s west gate.

Xi­a­men Univer­sity, which claims on its web­site to be one of the most beau­ti­ful cam­puses in the world, is lo­cated on the south­ern tip of Xi­a­men Is­land and com­mands a beau­ti­ful view of green hills and blue sea, with build­ings of unique ar­chi­tec­tural style. Ac­cord­ing to the se­cu­rity of­fice, only 1,000 tourists a day are per­mit­ted en­try dur­ing the sum­mer.

“We have car­ried out a se­ries of se­cu­rity mea­sures, but there are still many tourists try­ing to en­ter the cam­pus for a tour by climb­ing over the walls and trees, and even through hid­den tun­nels,” Xi­a­men Daily quoted the head of the se­cu­rity of­fice as say­ing.

Chu Zhao­hui, a re­searcher at the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion Sci­ences, said a study tour doesn’t mean walk­ing around, but vis­it­ing such places as his­tor­i­cal sites.

“Just walk­ing around cam- pus does not guar­an­tee ad­mis­sion. In­stead of chas­ing af­ter top uni­ver­si­ties, it is im­por­tant to choose an ap­pro­pri­ate one,” Chu said.

Li Hongyang con­trib­uted to this story.


Stu­dent tourists leave the cam­pus of Ts­inghua Univer­sity through its west gate af­ter a tour or­ga­nized by a lo­cal agency. Cam­puses of elite uni­ver­si­ties have been picked by am­bi­tious Chi­nese par­ents as a pop­u­lar tourism des­ti­na­tion for their chil­dren in sum­mer.

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