China | Soup and prayers soothe apprehensive Chinese test takers
  • Heading home: Students leave Maotanchang Middle School at the end of the school day. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Heading home: Students leave Maotanchang Middle School at the end of the school day. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Next stop: A student is seen in a bus as she and others leave Maotanchang Middle School for Luan city for the gaokao. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Next stop: A student is seen in a bus as she and others leave Maotanchang Middle School for Luan city for the gaokao. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Teary farewell: Parents and relatives see students off as they leave Maotanchang Middle School for the gaokao in Luan city.  Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Teary farewell: Parents and relatives see students off as they leave Maotanchang Middle School for the gaokao in Luan city. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Once more: Repeat student Zhang Chenlin, 19, with his mother next to their baggage in a rented dwelling.  Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Once more: Repeat student Zhang Chenlin, 19, with his mother next to their baggage in a rented dwelling. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Seeking hope: Students release sky lanterns to pray for success in the  gaokao. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Seeking hope: Students release sky lanterns to pray for success in the gaokao. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Working hard: A student does homework on a bed next to her mother in a rented home in Luan, Anhui province. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Working hard: A student does homework on a bed next to her mother in a rented home in Luan, Anhui province. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Tasty break: Students eat lunch brought in by their mothers. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Tasty break: Students eat lunch brought in by their mothers. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Hearty fuel: A student eats dinner brought in by her mother next to Maotanchang Middle School.  Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Hearty fuel: A student eats dinner brought in by her mother next to Maotanchang Middle School. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Lucky light: Wishing for success, students release a sky lantern. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Lucky light: Wishing for success, students release a sky lantern. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Lonely walk: Repeat student Jiang Zhenghu goes through a field toward his rented home, where he stays with his parents. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Lonely walk: Repeat student Jiang Zhenghu goes through a field toward his rented home, where he stays with his parents. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Warm embrace: Students hug as they leave for the gaokao.  Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Warm embrace: Students hug as they leave for the gaokao. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
  • Ever hopeful: Liu Zhicai, 75, holds an apple at the gate of a rented home; his grandson studies at Maotanchang Middle School. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
    Ever hopeful: Liu Zhicai, 75, holds an apple at the gate of a rented home; his grandson studies at Maotanchang Middle School. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee

Soup and prayers soothe apprehensive Chinese test takers

Youngsters burn incense to pray for good luck and release floating lanterns into the sky ahead of the annual college entrance exam, gaokao

June 7, 2017 9:21 AM (UTC+8)
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