Hello, everyone! Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese! What do you usually do in the evening? Read a book, watch a movie, TV, or indulge in a night snack? Night snack refers to something eaten after dinner. Chinese people love night snacks so much that every night you'll see many people eating at restaurants. However, something is changing recently. Many young Chinese are not going for night snacks anymore; instead, they are heading to night school! Night school, as the name suggests, is a school that operates in the evening. How did young people develop an interest in night school? Weren't they tired enough from school during their younger years? Let's discuss it together today!
Night schools have been around in China for a long time. The earliest night school was established in 1913 by Mao Zedong. At that time, many people were illiterate—unable to read at all. Poverty prevented them from attending school, so they couldn't learn to read. In the 1980s, during China's reform and opening-up period, there were many opportunities and hopes. To keep up with the times, many young people started attending night school after work. Later, as more and more young people went to college, the number of people attending night school dwindled.
Today, night school is "hot" again, becoming popular once more. Why do young people like going to night school? I asked some netizens, and some said, "I live alone, and after work, I don't feel like going home because I don't know what to do there. I also don't want to go out because I don't have many friends. When I see there's a night school, I think, why not go to night school! Not only can I talk to others, but I can also learn something." Others mentioned, "Night school classes are inexpensive, about 50 yuan per class, and you can learn new skills—it's great." Some also added, "The night school near my home offers a variety of courses like English, guitar, tai chi, photography, art, and more. Besides learning skills, you can also exercise and make new friends. It's much healthier than going out for food and drinks."
In summary, young people like going to night school for these reasons: first, it's affordable to learn at night school; second, night schools offer a variety of courses, providing many choices for young people; third, attending night school allows for both learning and socializing. Many young people in the city are single and don't live with their families, so night school becomes an opportunity to make new friends. Fourth, many young people want to acquire new skills to enhance their career opportunities.
Although there are increasing night schools in cities, the class schedules often fall on weekdays. Many netizens ask, "When will there be weekend night schools? We often have to work overtime and don't have time to attend night classes during weekdays." It seems like there are still plenty of opportunities in China's night school market.