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Thinking Global

By Chen Dujuan  (Global Times)

08:57, July 31, 2012

As the old Chinese saying goes, "One has to read 10,000 books and travel 10,000 miles."

It may be hard for Chinese students to read 10,000 books in a short time, but nowadays they get more chances to travel 10,000 miles away as some Chinese parents dispatch their children overseas for short-term studies especially during the summer vacation.

Summer course students increased 35 percent in 2012 from the same period of 2011, Zhang Lei, general manager of Beijing UTour International Travel Service Co, told the Global Times, mostly middle school students.

"The market is soaring," Zhao Xi, a staff member of the global study tour department at Beijing-based language training school New Oriental Education & Technology Group, told the Global Times. "We received about 10,000 people in 2011 for summer and winter study tours, and in 2012, more than 10,000 booked tours just for the summer."

With the popular summer routes being booked out three months ago, many parents are planning to enroll autumn or even winter tours for their children, Zhao noted.

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