Every June, millions of students from senior high schools in China embrace the ultimate testing time of their life - the university entrance examination.
This is especially true in the town of Maotanchang, east China, where thousands of teenagers aged around 18 study for as long as 16 hours a day at the town's famous 'exam factory' in hope of getting into a good university - their fast pass for a better future.
Many of them have moved here from across the country and paid up to 48,000 Yuan per semester (£5,013) in order to get a place at the Maotanchang Middle School, a cult institute among success-thirst Chinese parents which boasts an unrivalled history in helping its students enter top universities.
Dean, USA, United States, 3 hours ago
Do they teach curiosity, creativity, experimentation or independent thought? I bet they come out of there like drones.
didisaythat, grapevine, United States, 5 hours ago
Ruthless educational factory - children come out as products. Basically good grade grads.
Patachoka, Washington, United States, 6 hours ago
They keep multiplying like rabbïts - scary!
TheOctagon, America, United States, 6 hours ago
I'm betting they're just teaching the tests. Nothing more. Memorizing question banks for a year. I have been totally unimpressed with Chinese graduates I've encountered in academia and in the professional sphere. It's like they have good grades but nothing behind it at all.
StraightTalker, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
16 hours a day? Why, when they can come here and get into our universities and be funded by loans they don't repay!
GraceMarr, Not Yet There, United Kingdom, 7 hours ago
@StraightTalker: If you had gone to a similar school, you'd know that China isn't in the EU and Chinese students who study in the UK have to pay up front.