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Taxi firms gear up for college exam day rush

SHANGHAI’S biggest taxi companies have already begun taking bookings from students who plan to sit the college entrance exam on June 7 and 8.

The four firms – Qiangsheng, Dazhong, Jinjiang and Haibo — will provide free rides for students with disabilities and those from city-level Model Worker families, as long as the booking is made through the relevant dispatch center.

Shanghai Qiangsheng Taxi said its drivers will be paid a 10 yuan (US$1.60) bonus for each student they take to one of the city’s 80 exam venues. Cabbies have also been told to review their routes ahead of time to help avoid traffic hot spots, it said.

The taxi firms said that although they handled several thousand bookings last year one of the problems was that lots of people canceled at very short notice.

In response they have established a credit system, and those people who frequently cancel will find it harder to secure a cab in the future, they said.

Meanwhile, the city’s Metro operator said it will do all it can to help students get to their exam venues on time.

At stations that impose restrictions during rush hour periods, students with admission cards will be able to access trains through a dedicated channel, it said. Also, stations close to test centers will erect signs directing students where to go.

For some students, traveling will be less of a problem as their parents have booked hotel rooms close to the test centers. According to, the most popular hotels are in the Wujiaochang area of Yangpu District and Zhangjiang High-Tech Park in the Pudong New Area.

While hotels have maintained their regular prices, Ctrip said there has been a spike in requests for rooms whose numbers are considered lucky, such as 6, 8 and 10.

A total of 52,000 Shanghai high school pupils will sit this year’s exam, while universities and colleges across the country plan to recruit 43,000 students from the city.


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