Every summer, crowds throng campuses to get a closer look
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