You would think an innocent family picnic couldn’t cause too much anger, but as it turns out, having a traditional hotpot meal on a university campus isn’t so, uh, acceptable.
Seven adults and two children were photographed on Zijingang campus of Zhejiang University on Sunday enjoying themselves with a tent and a hotpot. And since the snapshots have circulated online, a heated debate has raged over the function of universities in China and whether they should be open to the public or left only for students.
Speaking to The Paper, some students complained about all the rubbish left behind by tourists on campus, suggesting that a strict limit on the number of visitors be imposed.
Meanwhile, the debate has continued on Weibo:
“Sometimes it feels like there are more old residents than students on my campus,” one netizen complained.
“Why should you care? You should be studying anyway,” wrote another netizen.
“Campuses being open to the public is a good decision. I know many students like me like to pay a visit to other universities, but having hotpot is really terrible. Where is these people’s morality?” wondered another web user.
According to the BBC, China opens a new university every week. Some of these universities have taken steps to restrict what visitors can do on campus so as not to affect students’ daily lives. For example, Xiamen University, believed to have one of the most beautiful campuses in China, limits visits by time slot, and Tsinghua University has a special route for guided tours.
By Kitty Lai
[Images via The Paper / CCTV]