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Thousands of Chinese parents send off children as they sit the gaokao

Jun 5, 2018 by

It’s every parent’s wish to see their children excel in life, and for millions of students in China, it all comes down to this one particular exam.

Starting Thursday, nearly 10 million Chinese students will take the annual national college entrance exam, a gruelling test known as gaokao – ‘the high test’.

Thousands of concerned parents crowded the streets of Maotanchang town in east China to wish their children luck in a massive send-off ceremony on Tuesday.

Residents and parents crowd the streets to send students off for the annual national college entrance exam in east China

Bus is marked ‘Maotanchang Middle School gaokao bus’. A total of 11 buses are carrying 15,000 students to the exam centres

An enthusiastic father holds up a banner that reads ‘Get No. 1’ to wish his child success in the upcoming exams

Video footage of the exuberant send-off shows thousands of high-spirited parents cramming the streets near the entrance of Maotanchang Middle School in Anhui Province.

‘Good luck! Good luck! Good luck to all children!’ They chanted while waving mini red flags with the words ‘wishing all students success in gaokao’.

One enthusiastic parent was seen holding up a large red banner with a couplet written in Chinese calligraphy to wish his child the very best.

‘My child will sit in the gaokao tomorrow,’ he said. ‘I hope that he will be No.1 in his class!’

Led by a police escort, 11 buses carrying 15,000 students from 127 classes then departed the town for the city’s exam centre in Liu’an, according to GB Times.

Source: Thousands of Chinese parents send off children as they sit the gaokao | Daily Mail Online

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