In what’s become an annual tradition that began six years ago, the Yu Ming gymnasium at Wuhan’s Central China Normal University (华中师范大学) serves as the venue of a mass sleepover for the the parents and family of incoming freshmen. This year, nearly 600 mats were provided for anxious family members who spent the night, not to mention other amenities made available, including sheets, towels, shower facilities and hot tea.
Though we might think it a little clingy, as most Chinese parenting tends to be, we can certainly sympathize with the parents expressing their collective fear and longing by taking as long as possible to let go of their kids. For parents who have only one child to claim their genes, the thought of their children leaving them at last, with the gaping abyss of quiet dinners and long evenings stretching before them, is no small weight to bear.
Our parent-friendly advice for the Class of 2015? You can do the long-suffering parents a favor by staying away from balconies, avoiding driving if you can help it, and minimizing your bike-riding. But most of all, make sure you don’t sell yourself short.
Photos from Yahoo China