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Striving Chinese Kids Head West For Sleepaway Camp, Teen Tours And Summer School

Buyer beware: both prestigious boarding schools and summer tours have major drawbacks.

Not all "study tours" go this well...
Not all "study tours" go this well...
Zhang Jing

BEIJING - This summer, the topic of sending school-age children to sleep-away camp has suddenly gotten hot in China. Three Chinese teenagers died in the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco last month. Also, photos posted on the Internet recently showed young Chinese children sitting outside some American outlet shop, sadly eating hamburgers while their teachers shopped inside. This created a huge uproar.

The number of teenagers attending summer camp this year is overwhelming. Almost all of the graduation trips of Beijing's prestigious high schools were spent abroad. In the waiting rooms of Beijing airport, one can see that nearly half the passengers of each plane destined for an English-speaking country are school children going to summer camps.

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Firefighters work to put out the fire in a mall hit by a Russian missile strike

Shaun Lavelle, Anna Akage and Emma Albright

Officials fear the death toll will continue to climb after two Russian missiles hit the Armstor shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kramenchuk. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 1,000 people were inside the mall Monday at the time of the attack.

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For the moment, the death toll is at 18 with 36 people missing and at least 59 injured, reported a regional official on Tuesday. The search and rescue operations continue under the rubble.

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