清华大学 (Qīnghuá Dàxué), or Tsinghua University in English, is China’s most prestigious university – unless of course you ask someone at Beĭjīng (Peking) University, its eternal rival school!
Tsinghua ranks highly internationally, and was named by U.S. News in 2017 as the number one place in the world to study engineering and computer science.
The university was founded in 1911, the year the last emperor was deposed. It was paid for with funds redirected from the war indemnity China was forced to pay to the US after the Boxer Rebellion. It was created to strengthen international exchange, and indeed it has: Mingbai was founded at Tsinghua!
Tsinghua is also famous for its picturesque gardens, and is particularly beautiful in the spring and summer when the bright purple redbud leaves cover the campus.
Many of China’s most successful businesspeople, scientists, and politicians are Tsinghua graduates, including president Xí Jīnpíng.
Springtime on campus. Baidu Baike