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Taiwan students pray for exam success

SOME of the Taiwanese high school students visiting the World Expo at the invitation of Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng wished for success in their examinations at a traditional prayer pool inside the Taiwan Pavilion yesterday.

About 850 students and teachers from Taiwan visited the Expo yesterday. They were accompanied by about 400 Shanghai students.

The two groups found they had something in common - high pressure to do well academically.

Lee Chi Eng, a senior student from Taipei Zhongshan Girls High School, selected the "succeed in examinations" without hesitation because she will take the college entrance exam next year.

The prayer pool includes 12 other choices including "family happy" and "dream come true."

"We have intense competition among high school students at the exam," Lee said.

Her second wish was for the "economic liftoff" of both the mainland and the island.

The 658-square-meter pavilion features a prayer pool where visitors can make wishes by participating in a virtual lantern-flying ceremony.

Her companion Lin Enyu from Shanghai's Jincai High School said she was surprised to learn her counterparts in Taiwan also faced the same school pressures.

Walter Yeh, president of the Taiwan Pavilion, said the "succeed in examinations" option was recently added to the prayer pool specifically for these students, but that it will remain for the duration of the Expo.

"We hope students from both places can make friends by visiting the pavilion together," Yeh said.


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