China’s Children Too Busy To Play – Xinhua

 School Images Invention120501 From Xinhua, photo source:

At the age of 12, Zhuzhu seems to have everything a child could dream for — plenty of toys, beautiful clothes and even a piano.

Zhuzhu however, has little time to play, with a mountain of homework to do.

Like most other Chinese her age, Zhuzhu has to go to school from Monday to Friday, nine hours a day — an hour more than her parents spend at work. Come the weekend, her mum and dad indulge themselves in a lengthy lie-in — Zhuzhu however, isn’t so lucky.

Unlike her parents, she has to get up early for piano lessons on Saturday and Sunday morning, followed by private extracurricular Maths and English classes the afternoon. As a reward for her hard work, Zhuzhu’s parents let her play with her toys for one hour on Saturday and Sunday evening.

“She will have plenty of time to play after she enters university,” said Zhuzhu’s 42 year-old mum An Hui, a department manager of a PR company in Beijing. [Full Text]

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