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New semester begins across China
Updated: 2005-09-01 16:58

First graders raise their hands to answer a teacher's question at a primary school in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province September 1, 2005. All schools across China opened the new semester on Thursday. [newsphoto]

Zhang Lanmei, 33, becomes a first-grader, together with her son, at a primary school in Changfeng county, Anhui Province September 1, 2005, the beginning of the new semester. She did not attend school because of poverty and now becomes a "mother pupil" at the school. [newsphoto]

Students of a primary school in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, return to school after summer vacation September 1, 2005. [newsphoto]