Responding to students’ concerns after images of newly built dorms featuring transparent bathrooms were posted online, a college in Wuhan said it will be covering the see-through walls with a 1.5-meter-high strip of ugly wallpaper and also these aren’t ‘luxury dormitories’ so shut up and deal. Essentially.
Wuhan Institute of Biotechnology on Thursday published a statement over the matter after students posted pictures of the transparent bathrooms to Weibo, China’s popular microblogging platform.
The college said that the point was to save electricity and that wallpaper will be added up to 1.5 meters high.
The statement also said that the double room dorms are meant to be “practical student apartments,” not “luxury dormitories,” and things like desks, air cons, water heaters and the like are basic living amenities owned by most young people.
Many incoming students still expressed concern online about whether the bits of wallpaper would be enough to cover their modesty.
“1.5 meters high… for men, it’s OK… but for tall women, may be exposed…” @chengwailaifeng
“OMG, so it’s semi-transparent. I would pay attention to my roommate, see if he’s peeking.” @Darwintongxue
“If this is called ‘economical’, then our dormitories can be called slums, which have no air conditioner, no desk, no water fountain and eight people share one room. I feel like crying when hearing of ‘economical and practical student apartments’ like these.” @ershen7777