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Transport links attract Chinese talent

By Zhang Yunbi (China Daily)

08:39, January 12, 2012

BEIJING - For Xu Kun, a Chinese postgraduate student at the University of Seoul, the two-hour flight from Seoul to Beijing isn't the only advantage of commuting between the two countries.

"Sometimes a flight to Seoul is even cheaper than the ones to certain major cities in China," Xu told China Daily on Sunday. Xu flew from Seoul to Beijing on Saturday afternoon, a few days after finishing an oral defense of her dissertation for a master's degree.

Flights from Beijing to Seoul on Tuesday could be found online for as little as 720 yuan ($114) on Monday, according to Ctrip.com, one of China's leading online travel agents.

Chinese passengers traveling to Seoul can choose from at least five major airlines from both countries, including Korean Air and Air China. The competition leads to low prices, benefiting travelers such as Xu.

Xu, 26, a comparative literature major, has commuted several times in recent months to complete her final semester in Seoul and attend job interviews in Beijing.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) is also attracting more Chinese students to "look east" because of its strong comparative advantage in education, experts said.

On average, studying in the ROK costs a Chinese student 80,000 to 100,000 yuan a year. The ROK is believed to be one of the most cost-effective countries for education in Asia, Li Yue, an analyst at Beijing-based overseas education consulting agency JJL, told China Daily.

"As long as you succeed in admission to one of the ROK's colleges, you will be granted a scholarship to cover 30 to 35 percent of your tuition fees," said Li, adding that local laws and regulations allow international students who are adults to seek part-time employment to ease financial burdens.

International students' career paths in the ROK are also diversified.

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