Well, the answer is actually nothing like that at all. These students are lining up to…
…get into the library!
These students at the Nanjing University of Finance and Economics are simply waiting to get a spot in the library so they can study for their finals!
The photos were taken early on Jan. 8 when the diligent crowd began gathering at the square in front of the library. They formed several long and orderly lines in just a few minutes while the temperature dropped to around 28°F in Nanjing, according to Sina News.
To meet student demands during the final exam weeks, the school has extended library hours, and also dispatched staff to manage the lines, and reduce the time taken to get into the library.
Bloggers joked about the images. One said:
It could be compared with the passenger transport situation during the Spring Festival period.