Latest News:  
Beijing   Heavy rain/Thundershower    27 / 23 ℃  City Forecast

English>>Life & Culture

Overseas study tours gain popularity in China

(Xinhua)

09:45, July 31, 2012

BEIJING, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Although most Chinese parents don't give a second thought about spending lavishly on their children, the mother of Xiang Miao, a high school sophomore who partook in a 16-day summer study tour abroad last year, regrets her careless spending.

Xiang's mother paid 30,000 yuan (4700 U.S. dollars) for the so-called "overseas study tour," which boasts of homestay accomodation, collective learning and sight-seeing activities in a foreign country.

"I would rather have taken him abroad myself if I had known about this kind of study tour. It is an eye-opener at best, rather than a way of truly enhancing his English skills or making preparations for future overseas study," she said.

However, the number of applicants for such programs still saw "explosive" growth this year, according to Zhou Xiaolan, director of the marketing department at the New Oriental Education & Technology Group, a major Chinese education company.

More than 10,000 students in Beijing alone will travel abroad for the group's summer study tour, more than the total for last year.

"Tour packages to popular destinations such as the U.S. and Britain were booked up three months in advance and less costly tours were also nearly packed," she said.

Chinese parents usually give their children a wide variety of choices when it comes to how and where they spend their summer vacation. With the affluence of the Chinese middle class growing all the time, such choices are no longer limited to domestic locations.

A three-week trip may cost anywhere from 20,000 yuan to 43,000 yuan, depending on the destination. Most of the applicants are middle school students who have at least two to three years to wait before taking the national college entrance examination.



【1】 【2】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:杜明明、叶欣)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. APF servicemen conduct anti-riot and emergency handling training

  2. 47 killed in train fire in southern India

  3. Growth to bounce back in H2

  4. Carved wooden beds exhibited in China's Hunan

  5. 'Huabei' the helpful dog

  6. Popular British Rock Bands

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. How to improve China's tourism industry
  2. S. China Sea issue, where is Philippines’ restraint?
  3. On right track for growth model change
  4. Added value key to countering protectionism
  5. What to expect at London Olympics: Star athletes
  6. What to expect at London Olympics: Beauties
  7. US seeks to create new waves in S.China Sea
  8. Labor test for policymakers
  9. What to expect at London Olympics: Opponents
  10. What to expect at London Olympics: Strong teams

What's happening in China

Fly found in Wang Zai milk

  1. Capital issues fresh warning of rain
  2. Missing men spark online search
  3. Largest inland saltwater lake keeps expanding
  4. Chinese man jailed over bomb hoax
  5. Overseas study tours gain popularity in China

China Features

  1. Special coverage: Bloodshed in U.S. theatre
  2. S. China Sea issue, where is Philippines’ restraint?
  3. US Osprey aircraft arrive in Japan amid protests
  4. PLA helicopter unit open door to foreign media
  5. Special: Apple, how can you forgive yourself

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai