Look at all these water bottles, pillows, newspapers, dictionaries, tissue paper, food, and bags and boxes filled with books.
Can you guess what kind of a place this is?
It seems that these young people have packaged all of their belongings and decided to stay here for a few months. Who on earth are these people? Are they homeless? Or have they run away from home?
Well, none of these guesses are correct.
This is a student canteen in Jinan, China, and these are students studying to pass their college entrance exam.
They are craming in all the time they can over this long weekend.
Instead of taking part in outdoor activities or family gatherings for the Dragon Boat Festival, they have to spend the whole day at the cafeteria. Why is the student canteen a good place? Well, it’s because you can study, eat, and rest all in one place, and literally “seize every minute and second” to study. LOL—such a unique “3-in-1 experience!”
Actually, it reminds me of the terrible photos of a high school in China that looks exactly like a jail. The situation is even worse when it comes to the college entrance exam, or gaokao. There are a lot of crazy stories about Chinese students and parents eagerly seeking to get good grades in the exam.
Chinese independent writer Zhuge Míngyang believes that it is a national tragedy. He told Epoch Times: “Many people have been blaming those schools, students, and parents for their crazy behaviors, but I can’t blame them because they are just the victims of the education system under the Chinese Communist Party.”
It’s the terrible education system that put the youth in the invisible “prison.”