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This University In China Annually Hosts The Biggest Slumber Party Ever

About 1,200 students from one university in China pack themselves into one gymnasium to help beat the heat.

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Because of summer temperatures and the fact that many of the school's air conditioners aren't fully installed yet in the dorms, the school decided to let the students send the night inside the fully air-conditioned gymnasium.

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On the night of June 29, the temperature broke 95ºF in Wuhan – a city notorious for its hot summer weather located in the central Chinese province of Hubei – where the top-notch university is located.

Students brought tents, bed mats, pillows, quilts from dorms, and, of course, popular card games. This group of students are playing Three Kingdoms Kill, or San Guo Sha, China's hottest card game based on legends of the country's Three Kingdoms period.

The event stayed about as appropriate as any other slumber party. There's a loose line separating girls and boys, but a little bit of flirting with the line proved harmless.

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The lights in the gym are kept on overnight in the consideration of security. About a dozen faculty guards inside and out of the gym and provides the students with necessities such as drinkable water.

The middle of the court was quickly packed, so late arrivals have to move to the stands or dancing classrooms attached to the gym . But it's always more comfy to be bystanders – quiet away from the crowd and the spotlights.

Students waited to show their I.D. to get in the gym-size bedroom while the faculty was confirming the head counts.

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Since June 27, the gym has been open to students between 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on the days when the temperature is higher than 95 degrees. Students are expected to keep coming back until the air conditioners in the dorms are fully in use.

The university has become famous for the tradition — yes, it's been a thing for the last few years now – but this year might be the end, since the dorm air conditioners are said to be ready in less than a month.

Sentimentality spread among students as one noted on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, "The air cons are not the point, the point is that we are commemorating time like this, which has been our memories of youth."

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The spectacle has quickly gone viral on Chinese internet, and triggered different reactions — amazement, envy, hesitation, and criticism. Some raised questions such as why the dorms aren't cooled down yet, or whether it's dangerous to mix genders.

But students grew particularly protective over their school. "Only the students from our school can criticize it," one says. "Maybe our school doesn't have as good conditions as other schools, but it's doing its best to pamper us. That is enough."

One student's comment became an instant classic: "I've slept with 800 girls in Youming [the name of the gym]––– one sentence proving you are from Central China Normal University."

Beimeng Fu is a BuzzFeed News World Reporter covering China and is based in New York.

Contact Beimeng Fu at beimeng.fu@buzzfeed.com.

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