PERSONAL NOTE: Yes, more and more Chinese university students choose to eat outside the campus…why? they have plenty of money to throw away! Most students these days have money to spend, and so they prefer to eat outside the campus…where I was for 7 years, there are restaurants advertising and selling you noodles from every province in China, right at your doorstep! Just stand by the gates to the campus any time of the day during meal times, and you will see students going out in droves to eat what they want…and I did see something new to me: more and more students, both males and females are putting on weight! Because most foods inside the campus do not serve dishes with meats…most dishes are 90 % vegetables with sprinkles of meats! Definitely outside restaurants are able to serve you delicious foods, full of chemicals. Money is the root of the problem…so we see more students putting on extra weight everywhere in China! steve, usa, november 14, 2018 firstname.lastname@example.org wechat 1962816801 blog – https://getting2knowyou-china.com
Campus uproar as Chinese university bans food deliveries to boost health This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Campus uproar over university’s food delivery ban
• Students hit back at attempt to cut down on rubbish, traffic and unhealthy lifestyles
13 November, 2018 Alice Yan (9share) scmp
A university in southeast China has ordered security guards to stop food delivery vehicles from entering the campus as it tries to clamp down on rubbish, traffic and unhealthy diets.
The ban triggered an online backlash among students and prompted a number of food delivery store owners to drive into the campus and distribute free meals in front of a canteen around noon on Monday, Shanghai-based news site Thepaper.cn reported. The owners were taken away by police for disrupting order, the report said.
Minjiang University in Fuzhou, Fujian province, announced the ban on Monday, saying there had been a number of accidents caused by food delivery workers riding their electric bikes and motorcycles too fast. The services were also so popular that they were causing a mountain of rubbish.
“In lunch or dinner peak hours, disposable meal boxes have piled up on dormitory and classroom floors and even on dustbin lids … making these places dirty,” the university said.
There were also concerns about the health of students ordering the meals.
“A small number of students always stay at their dormitory and rely on the food delivery service if they want to eat,” it said. “They .. are not getting enough exercise outdoors and the state of their health is quite worrying.”
The university said it had told canteens to lower food prices, improve the quality of meals and extend service hours to encourage more students to use the campus facilities.
It would also nominate certain areas near school gates for students to pick food ordered online.
Minjiang students are among the province’s biggest users of food delivery services, with total orders among the top five for Fujian universities over the past two years, the report said, citing Minjiang’s propaganda department.
The announcement on Monday resulted in a flood of complaints on the university’s account on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform.
“I am a student of Minjiang University. I can tell you that not a single dormitory is near any school gate. We either have to join the long queues at the canteen, or spend a lot of time running to the school gate to pick up our food. It’s so inconvenient,” one commenter said.
Among the 1,100 respondents to a Weibo poll on Tuesday morning, only 4 per cent were in favour of the campus ban, with most saying the delivery services were cheap, convenient and offered more delicious food than university canteens.
China’s food delivery industry has grown rapidly over the past few years. Meituan, the leader in the field, said in May that it was handling 20 million meal orders a day.
But Chongqing-based environmental group Green Volunteer League has also taken aim at the industry over its use of non-biodegradable meal boxes and plastic, suing the country’s three meal-ordering app giants last year for damaging the environment.
This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Campus uproar over university’s food delivery ban