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2021-06-08 12:23:33

Over 10 million Chinese high school seniors are sitting this year’s national college entrance exam, or gaokao, which kicked off Monday. Based on different regional schedules, test-takers from provinces like southwestern Sichuan and eastern Anhui will complete their gaokao journey this Tuesday, while other students from “new gaokao” areas, including Guangdong province and Chongqing, will have one to two more days to concentrate on the make-or-break examination.

Family members take photos of “gaokao” candidates as they exit an examination site after completing all components of the test, Xi’an, Shaanxi province, June 8, 2021. IC

Family members take photos of “gaokao” candidates as they exit an examination site after completing all components of the test, Xi’an, Shaanxi province, June 8, 2021. IC

Students walk out of an examination site after finishing the final test of their “gaokao” in Guiyang, Guizhou province, June 8, 2021. Zhui Ying/IC

Students walk out of an examination site after finishing the final test of their “gaokao” in Guiyang, Guizhou province, June 8, 2021. Zhui Ying/IC

An examinee wearing protective clothing walks out of an examination site in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, June 7, 2021. People Visual

An examinee wearing protective clothing walks out of an examination site in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, June 7, 2021. People Visual

Examinees exit a testing site in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, June 7, 2021. People Visual

Examinees exit a testing site in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, June 7, 2021. People Visual

Students enter an examination site in Beijing, June 7, 2021. People Visual

Students enter an examination site in Beijing, June 7, 2021. People Visual

An examinee in a wheelchair leaves a testing facility with the help of site staff in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, June 7, 2021.

An examinee in a wheelchair leaves a testing facility with the help of site staff in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, June 7, 2021.

The mother of a “gaokao” candidate waits outside an examination site in Beijing, June 7, 2021. People Visual

The mother of a “gaokao” candidate waits outside an examination site in Beijing, June 7, 2021. People Visual

Under police supervision, “gaokao” test papers are transferred to a vehicle in Beijing, June 7, 2021. People Visual

Under police supervision, “gaokao” test papers are transferred to a vehicle in Beijing, June 7, 2021. People Visual

A student walks into an examination room at Shanghai Shixi High School, June 7, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A student walks into an examination room at Shanghai Shixi High School, June 7, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

The families of test-takers hold sunflowers for good luck while waiting outside an examination site in Shandong province, June 7, 2021. People Visual

The families of test-takers hold sunflowers for good luck while waiting outside an examination site in Shandong province, June 7, 2021. People Visual

A man checks his cellphone at Xiangming High School in Shanghai, June 7, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A man checks his cellphone at Xiangming High School in Shanghai, June 7, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A mother of a test-taker holds a sunflower for good luck while waiting outside an examination site in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, June 7, 2021. Chen Zhongqiu for Sixth Tone

A mother of a test-taker holds a sunflower for good luck while waiting outside an examination site in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, June 7, 2021. Chen Zhongqiu for Sixth Tone

A mother hugs her daughter before sitting for her “gaokao” in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, June 7, 2021. Chen Zhongqiu for Sixth Tone

A mother hugs her daughter before sitting for her “gaokao” in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, June 7, 2021. Chen Zhongqiu for Sixth Tone

“Gaokao” candidates stand at a crossroad near Gezhi High School in Shanghai, June 7, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

“Gaokao” candidates stand at a crossroad near Gezhi High School in Shanghai, June 7, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Editor: Daniel Wilkinson.