A 10,000-WORD ESSAY, co-written by four senior middle school students in Chongqing, has been widely praised for its call to protect the local Chongqing dialect and slang.

West China Metropolis Daily commented on Friday: Local dialects and slang are fading away, and many are beginning to lament their passing.

That explains why Beijing and Shanghai are introducing dialect education in schools, where students are often encouraged to learn and speak Mandarin.

Source:: Asia