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In China, students prep for Canada with a B.C. education - The Globe and Mail

TAMSYN BURGMANN
TONGXIANG, China - The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, Jun. 16, 2013 8:55AM EDT
Last updated Sunday, Jun. 16, 2013 10:11PM EDT

It's a muggy afternoon in June and high school students wearing T-shirts stamped with the image of Terry Fox stride past towering high-rises and scooters with honking horns in this small Chinese city that's been coated in haze from the local fiberglass factory for several days.

For most, it's their first time making the fundraising trek that's annual tradition half-a-world away in a country where they yearn to attend university.

The academy was opened in 2005 by a private Chinese businessman who lives in mainland B.C. The company is based in Hong Kong and teaches Grades 10 to 12. Currently, students earn B.C.'s Dogwood Diploma by studying Canadian curriculum during the day and their Chinese diploma via more classes after a dinner break. The school day starts at 7:15 a.m. and ends at 9:40 p.m. All students must pass a rigorous application process and pay tuition to attend.

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