In an earlier post I noted that the main campus (Gulou) is basically divided into two: the north campus houses most academic and administrative buildings, whereas the south serves as headquarters for most student dormitories, student dining, the student store, and many similar functions. This means, among other things, that when morning classes adjourn at noon, almost all the human traffic is south, heading toward the dorms and lunch!
|Building Housing Student Dining|
|Nanjing University Student Center|
|A Newer Dormitory|
|An Older Dormitory|
|Fresh from the showers|
|Heading Toward the Showers|
The other evidence comes from the thermos jugs that students leave each day to be filled with hot water, and which they carry daily back to their rooms. I have not yet been witness to the process by which someone actually fills these jugs—there are many hundreds of them—but they appear there every day, lining the spaces around one of the buildings adjacent to the dormitories. These are, I suspect, mainly for drinking water (or for tea, instant noodles, etc.); evidently hot water is not readily available either.
|Track with Badminton Building and Gymnasium in Background|
|Badminton Building at Night|
|Gymnasium at Night|
Of course, one need not play basketball or jog the track in order to take a break from academics or get some time away from roommates. North campus also includes several lovely parks where, in good weather, one can sit for a while, read a book, or just enjoy the quiet.