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Guangzhou, Shenzhen Gaokao Applicants Sent Off With Emotion and Pageantry

Posted: 06/7/2014 12:02 pm

gaokao support examination pressure shenzhen guangzhouIt’s gaokao time! It’s the moment that Chinese students have been preparing for their entire lives: to take the national university entrance examination in order to be ranked in a list millions of names long and decide which student goes to which university… or not at all.

To make sure this important occasion goes smoothly, the City of Shenzhen has instituted a noise ban anywhere a gaokao is taking place, while armed Foshan police have been dispatched to examination sites to preserve the peace.

READ: Armed Police to Keep Foshan Gaokao Exams Quiet
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The gaokao will determine the fate of the students for the rest of their lives, so simply saying that it’s a “big deal” is to omit the colorful metaphors required for the necessary emphasis.

But colorful metaphors were used when gaokao examination applicants arrived to take the test at the Guangzhou Zhixing Middle School only to be applauded by the 60-70 people that lined its entrance. One student said he didn’t feel like “he was alone in fighting this war.gaokao support examination pressure shenzhen guangzhou

Summer Hollywood blockbusters may have more hype to them, but the gaokao can be described as nothing less that the pivotal moment these young people have been living for their entire lives. At the Shenzhen Experimental School, teachers could not hold back their emotions as they sent off their students to an uncertain fate.

gaokao support examination pressure shenzhen guangzhougaokao support examination pressure shenzhen guangzhougaokao support examination pressure shenzhen guangzhou[Sign above reads: "Class seven of year three high school, you must succeed at the gaokao!"]

Back in Guangzhou at Huanan Normal University, a department store had employees dress up at the examination site to wish the students well.gaokao support examination pressure shenzhen guangzhou

And hype would be nothing unless there is glamour to accompany it, as these Guangzhou women dressed in dresses and qipao in honor of the occasion:gaokao support shenzhen guangzhou

We wish all the examination applicants well, and hope these young people will be able to unwind after being burdened with so much pressure. However, that also means finally revealing any fatally bad news that may have been kept from the students in order to help them concentrate.

Photo: Southern Daily via Weibo, Shenzhen Traffic Police via Weibo (2), Shenzhen Evening Report via Weibo, Southern Metropolis Daily via Weibo (2)

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