A university in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province has opened a canteen featuring the Japanese cartoon figure Hello Kitty.
After three months of re-decoration, the 3,500-square-meter canteen in Zhejiang Gongshang University’s Xiasha campus opened to students and the public earlier this week.
Asked why the university decided to transform the canteen into a Hello Kitty themed restaurant, the canteen manager Zhou said it’s partly because around 70% of the school’s students are girls, who tend to like cute cartoon figures.
The predominantly pink canteen provides students with a variety of food choices that cover cuisines from all over China. There are also entertainment features, such as a karaoke area, a toy crane machine, and even an electronic screen for students to ask for a date.
The canteen is just the latest in a long love affair that Chinese public seems to have with the cartoon character. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the birth of Hello Kitty. With a large fan base for the character, a 60-acre Hello Kitty theme park opened in Zhejiang’s Anji county in July this year.