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Friday, October 26, 2012

College Dormitories in China: Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Changsha

In my series of posts about the conditions in university dormitory rooms in China, I have shared examples from the Dalian Maritime University here and the Longzhou campus of the Guangxi Normal University for Minorities here. To round them out I will share an example from a dormitory at the Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Changsha, Hunan province.

dormitory at Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Changsha, China.

If you drove from Dalian to Longzhou you would likely pass Changsha at about 26 hours into your 40+ hour drive (map displaying all three locations). In addition to being in a very different region of China, the room contrasts with the other two in another important aspect: it is in a female dormitory. Typically in China, college dormitory buildings are single sex and the opposite sex is not allowed to enter. But in this case security allowed me to be escorted inside. I will save why they were so kind for another day.

The dorm room I visited had four beds, each with a desk and storage space below.

inside a female dormitory room at Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Changsha, China.

inside a female dormitory room at Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Changsha, China.


This room was unusually spacious for this dorm building given its particular location and layout of the building. On some of the floor space in the room an assortment of items could be found.

stuffed bearr, shoes, and other items inside a female dormitory room at Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Changsha, China.

various items inside a female dormitory room at Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Changsha, China.


One feature of the room that I have seen elsewhere was the central fan.

fan and hanging clothes inside a female dormitory room at Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Changsha, China.

If you are now fretting over me sharing a photo of the young women's underwear, don't get your panties in a bunch. It is extremely common for universities students, and other people in China, to hang their clothes out to dry outside where they can be seen by all. If you want to study underwear preferences of college students in China, you could learn a lot just walking by many dorms.

Finally, unlike the dorm room in Longzhou, this room did not have its own bathroom. Here is a peek at a section of the nearby shared bathroom.

shared bathroom in a female dormitory at Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Changsha, China.

For the moment, I will avoid digging deeply into this specific example. But now that I have shared three different examples of dorm rooms, I will later write about some issues common to many universities in China. I will also provide a small taste of how visiting these rooms can aid in the design of new technologies.

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