Olympic and Paralympic Values: Excellence week


In China, young people hoping to go to university must excel in the notoriously tough entrance exam, or 'Gaokao'.

This BBC News film tells the story of Ma Li, 18, who is one of the 9.15 million Chinese high school students about to sit the exams.

For her, and many like her, it's the culmination of an exhausting year of cramming and revision. The pressure is high, with some schools going to increasingly extreme lengths to boost exam performance.

For two days, China is gripped by 'Gaokao fever', with roads blocked and construction sites falling silent to avoid disrupting the students.

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