Gaokao celebrates its 40th anniversary with 9.4 million test takers this year – China’s latest society and culture news

Society & Culture

A summary of the top news in Chinese society and culture for June 7, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "China and the high price of American garlic."


Starting June 7, millions of Chinese high-school students will take the gaokao (高考 gāokǎo), the nationwide college entrance examination. This year, according to Xinhua (in Chinese), close to 9.4 million candidates have signed up to participate in the high-stakes examination. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the resumption of the gaokao after the end of the Cultural Revolution. For more on China’s examination from hell, see SupChina’s primer on the gaokao.