Chaos reigns - taxis and private cars jam roads leading to the august and imposing group of buildings, distracted youngsters struggle under loads of books and belongings, flustered parents and family members jostle in the midsummer melee. A few enterprising and independent young ones are rewarded with 100 yuan (HK$114) by administrators for braving the throng alone. It sounds like enrolment day at a sought-after Hong Kong kindergarten, but it's not. It's matriculation day at your average university on the mainland, where the event has become notorious for turning respectable campuses into heaving circuses. Last week in Hubei, one first-year student required three taxis to transport seven relatives and 10 bags of personal belongings as she started her new life at Wuhan University of Science and Engineering. Entrances to campuses are constantly blocked by streams of new students arriving with their families in cars. At Central China Normal University in Wuhan , 400 parents were allowed to stay overnight in the campus gymnasium. Now Beijing's China Youth University of Political Science is offering a 100 yuan sweetener in an attempt to rein in the spectacle and encourage students to become more independent. The bonus is the first of its kind, and Li Geng , director of the university's department of student affairs, said there was no reason students shouldn't arrive for their first day at university on their own. 'It would cut traffic jams on campus and ease the burden on parents making the trip,' he said, adding that only 10 per cent of 1,200 students had qualified for the payout. Most of the students are only-children born under the one-child policy, and according to Tsinghua University sociologist Li Dun, this has drastically changed the basic family structure 'with the child instead of the parents becoming the centre of attention'. Xiong Bingqi, a professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said he did not expect the bonus system to do much to dissuade parents from escorting their 'little darlings' to campus. 'The key is to change the way the public is taught to look at the family,' he said. In the past two weeks, more than six million students have enrolled in mainland universities.