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Parents In China Sleep On Gym Floors To Support Their Kids Starting University

30/03/2011 11:47 | Updated 22 May 2015

The start of the university term can be an anxious time for families, especially when youngsters flee the nest for the first time.

But some Chinese parents have got around the problem – by going with their children.

Mums and dads in Wuhan, in the Hubei province of China, aren't ready to say goodbye just yet – so they're sleeping in a makeshift dormitory on the floor of the gymnasium.

Around 400 parents of first-year university students have taken to camping out in this way so that they can be near their offspring during the nervous first few days of college.

The university offered up its floorspace because many cash-strapped parents can't afford to pay for a hotel room near their child's university.

China's One Child Per Family policy means that the energy and time parents put into the welfare and future of their children is particularly intense.

An increasing number of Chinese children are now attending university as a result of the country's rapid economic development. This year, a record 10 million high school children made applications.

How far would you go to make sure your child starts university on the right foot?

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