Peking University to build 40,000-sqm dining hall to ease overcrowding

Updated 2016-10-27 17:55:54 Ecns.cn
Many students stand to dine at a Peking University dining hall.

Many students stand to dine at a Peking University dining hall.

(ECNS) -- Peking University said it plans to build a 40,000-sqm hall to improve its dining environment after online pictures showed students standing to finish meals during peak hours.

Weibo users said the Yannan dining hall at the prestigious university is so overcrowded that all seats are taken and many students have to stand or sit in corridors and stairs while eating.

A reporter for Beijing News said foreign students holding plates also have to sit on the ground.

One student noted the huge waste of time to find a seat in the hall, which is close to lecture buildings and a library, so people just eat wherever they are.

Jiang Langlang, an official with the university's Party committee, said the university would build a new dining hall and has finished preparation work for demolishing old buildings to make way for the new site.

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