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Chinese University Bans Students From Holding Hands Or Feeding Each Other Rice

09/11/2015 17:09 GMT | Updated 09/11/2015 17:59 GMT
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A university in China is banning students from holding hands, putting their arms around each other or feeding each other rice in order to crack down on "uncivilised" behaviour.

Jilin Construction University in Changsha has installed cameras in the canteen to prevent such "intimate behaviour", which has been mocked and criticised on Chinese social media.

China’s New Culture View newspaper reported: "An assistant teacher will have private conversations with those who are in love, telling them not to have physical contact or engage in improper behaviour on campus."

One anonymous teacher added: "Improper behaviour, like kissing and hugging in public places such as the subway, have been [widely] revealed by the media. If such behaviours are seen in the canteen, we don’t think it’s proper."

A student told the newspaper: "This norm is weird and we can’t help laughing. It’s the 21st century. As adults, we don’t dare to behave so explicitly in public places. I never see lovers feed each other rice, so the norm is unnecessary."

However some did support the new code of conduct; one Chinese social media user wrote: "This is a gift from the university to single students as Singles' Day is around the corner."

Singles' Day is a marketing ploy by Chinese retailer Alibaba, which has since become one of the world's biggest online retail events, aimed at single people in China. Sales easily outstrip the US' Cyber Monday and Black Friday shopping days. Last year, China's state postal service reportedly shipped some 500m packages as a result of Singles' Day orders.

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