All go for gaokao

More than 10 million students across China will sit the exam this year.

About 50,000 students in Shanghai began this year’s college entrance exam on Friday at 101 sites. 

All sites have been installed with a standard supervision system for national exams, including online video inspection, emergency response and identity authentication, as well as radio anti-cheating devices, according to Shanghai Educational Examinations Authority.

More than 10 million students across China will sit the exam from Friday to Sunday.

The exam will last two days generally across China but, due to different arrangements in some provincial regions it may run until Sunday, the Ministry of Education said.

The number of students applying to take the exam this year is the highest since 2010, according to an annual report published by, an education information service provider.

The exam coincides with the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday. To minimize disturbance to examinees, authorities across the country have taken various measures such as maintaining traffic order and providing emergency medical care.

In the city of Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan province, a total of 171 first-aid medical personnel and 57 ambulances were on standby at the exam venues.

The city of Haikou in southern island province of Hainan is carrying out an operation to reduce noise caused by fireworks, commercial promotions and entertainment activities during the exam.

The city of Rongcheng in eastern Shandong Province has allocated 31 buses, allowing the examinees to travel free of charge during the exam days. 

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