No, they do not come for an education, unless you can acquire one by osmosis, instead they come to the prestigous universities during the summer holidays. Peking and Tsinghua Universities have become favorite tourist spots possibly for parents who hope a visit may motivate their kids to study hard.
Tsinghua University gets more than 30,000 visitors a day at peak times and an average day might bring as many as 20,000 visitors to the university.
The Beijing News rightly points out that a one- or two-hour visit is far from enough to give children a good understanding of the profound cultural atmosphere that permeates these campuses but at least it is a step in the right direction.
Booming tourism has brought some negative impacts to universities along with the huge profits.
Large numbers of tourists can cause traffic jams and disturb the normal order on campus.
China.com reports many illegal cab drivers sit outside the gate of Tsinghua University waiting for business. They can usually make good money taking tourists around campus, according to one cab owner.
Tsinghua University authorities have taken some emergency measures to cope with this situation, such as adding more sight-seeing cars and setting up volunteer guide stands to introduce scenic spots to tourists.