September is the month when a new semester begins in most Chinese schools. For freshmen of university, it means more than that. After a long and crazy summer holiday, these boys and girls finally say goodbye to their tough high-school years, comfortable homes, close friends and family - they sail out to explore a new life in the universities that they have long dreamed of.
Some parents might accompany their children to the campus and give them a hand on the registration day. But the parents' help ends there. To begin with, the freshmen must take the military training before they step into the classroom - the first challenge they will encounter in their new life. All of the universities in China have mandatory military training for freshmen before they begin their studies. It is said that this training will help them cultivate a strong will and a sense of discipline.
Following are some photos of the registration day and the military training.
The campus decorated with banners that greet the freshmen
Students dragging their luggage across the campus
Parents carrying their children's luggage
Sophomores holding plates of their college's name and waiting for the freshmen in the campus
Sophomores getting a tricycle and helping the freshmen with the luggage
Students training under the hot sun
Military instructor correcting a student's pose
Students doing military boxing
Students showing how to fold up a quilt as neatly as a soldier does
Bottles lined up beside the playground of training
(By Pan Hui, Richard Glauert, photo by Ni Lixiang, Du Yu, Li Bo, Ju Huanzong, Zhao Ge )