Every sum­mer, crowds throng cam­puses to get a closer look

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

As the stu­dents at China’s top uni­ver­si­ties go home for the sum­mer, many tourists head in the op­po­site di­rec­tion to get a glimpse of the hal­lowed halls of ed­u­ca­tion.

Ts­inghua and Pek­ing uni­ver­si­ties are two of the most pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions in Bei­jing dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days, not only be­cause they were es­tab­lished on the sites of for­mer royal gar­dens of the Qing Dy­nasty (16441911) but also be­cause they are lead­ing in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Su Chanyi, a mother from Hu­nan province, tries to let her 14-year-old son get a feel for the ev­ery­day life of elite schools by walk­ing him around the cam­puses of the two uni­ver­si­ties.

“I bring him here to see what top uni­ver­si­ties look like and let him com­pare them with those of our home­town. I

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