New business mode: ’Students’ from China’s prestigious universities charge for guiding visitors around their campuses
Chongtian Education Company launched a chargeable service on Taobao, China’s leading e-commerce platform, featuring "students" from Tsinghua and Peking universities conducting tours for tourists in these top universities’ campuses, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Thursday.
The company was boasted for their efficient service. Except for a campus guiding service, students from these two top universities in China will also take photos for the customers and share their learning methods with kids.
The service price tag is 99 yuan (14.8 US dollars) for half an hour, and the minimum touring time is one hour. If tourists’ number increases to some extent, they have to pay for extra money per person.
Although admission to either campus is officially free of charge, both Tsinghua and Peking universities have imposed a time limit on the visitors they allow every day.
According to Beijing Youth Daily, Yang Yu (pseudonym), who claimed himself as a graduate from Peking University three years ago, sneaking tourists into the university campus by falsely claiming they are his relatives.
Yang said the service has become a viral hit since it began. The young man himself has to guide two groups of tourists a day and each group for about four hours.
As for Chongtian’s service, the security guard said they have encountered similar illicit scalping behaviors, but they do not have rights to stop these people, only hoping the university to fine them when CCTV cameras captured the scene.