Bidding your baby farewell when they go off to university or college isn't easy for any parent. But these Chinese universities have come up with an innovative way to make the separation process easier. Maybe.
Protective parents of new students at colleges across the country can now spend the night on campus with their kids in "tents of love" set up all over the grounds.
According to MailOnline, Tianjin University in north-east China has been setting up tents like these for parents for four years now.
Since them, other universities like Northwestern Polytechnic University and Guangdong’s Shantou University have done the same. The tents have been dubbed "tents of love" or "tents of compassion" in Chinese media. PHOTO: tju.edu.cn/newscenter Tianjin University reportedly allows mom and dad to spend up to three nights with their kids while they settle in, with full access to the gymnasium's toilets and showers. The institution also supplies fresh towels, mats, drinking water and cups. They just ask that parents let them know beforehand if they'll be staying, and for how long. Other institutions have set up hundreds of mats in communal areas.
Quartz spoke to the 50-year-old mom of a student at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou.
“I feel my heart is empty with my son gone,” Chen Tingtao's mom Hu revealed after she said goodbye.
Hu, Chen's dad, uncle, aunt, and their one-year-old baby all squeezed into a five-seat car to take him to Guangdong University. Hu went to Chen’s dormitory three times to clean the room, help him settle in and get to know her son’s roommates.
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Sources: Quartz, MailOnline, Whatsonweibo.com