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Reviving The ’90s: Dining In The Dorm Room
By | Photos Yiqing Zheng Apr 2, 2019 Dining
School life is the best life, especially when there is no homework or curfew. And now you have it: Guoqu Jinxing Shi, a school-themed restaurant and a memory museum for ‘80s and ‘90s China.

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Push through the wooden door and walk into the corridor, and a huge blackboard lays out the “Dormitory Discipline and Hygiene Grading Table”. Apparently, boys have been slacking in the bedroom while girls are basically getting straight A’s in their boudoir. (Not the case when I was in school.)

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The first room is the boys dorm. Basketball, boxing gloves, more manga (nerds...), and a poster of Akagi Haruko (from Slam Dunk) on the wall. A working but ancient desktop computer sits on a table.

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A curtain of origami cranes and lucky stars hangs over the door to the girls’ dorm. Adorable! We used to make 99 of those or even more as a gift for our crushes. And of course, many posters of the hottest singers of all time, including my personal fav. Plus everyone’s first pet: Tamagotchi!

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After exploring the dorms, the classroom is where the true gems are. The King of Fighters, textbooks and newspapers dating back to 1997, speakers on the wall, ceiling fans, and even those incandescent lamps...

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But after all the nostalgia, Guoqu Jinxing Shi is a restaurant after all, so how does the food taste?

Let’s just say it’s canteen food but slightly more expensive and better. Homey dishes like scrambled eggs and tomatoes, stir-fried pork and sweet and sour ribs cost 35-55rmb. The 128rmb oxtail soup comes in a rice cooker, like what we used to use for special occasions in college.

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Call to reserve a dorm room for a get-together with your old schoolmates. No need to hide from teachers this time!

Guoqu Jinxing Shi, 688 Xietu Lu, near Dapu Lu.

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