Heat wave? What heat wave? Hei­long jiang res­i­dents shiver

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHOU HUIYING in Harbin zhouhuiy­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

While peo­ple have swel­tered in east­ern China over the past two weeks, in­hab­i­tants of north­east­ern ar­eas were putting on thicker clothes this week.

Since Mon­day, cool air has cov­ered most of Hei­longjiang prov­ince. In the bor­der city of Heihe, the tem­per­a­ture dropped to 12 C early on Mon­day. In the out­door mar­kets, ped­dlers ap­peared in cot­ton­padded clothes to guard against the cold.

“This morn­ing, when I came out to buy food for my fam­ily, I won­dered whether win­ter had come early, and I hur­ried home to get a thick sweater,” said Yang Wenbo, 35. “In the mar­ket, I found lots of tourists, in­clud­ing sev­eral Rus­sians, lin­ing up to buy longsleeved T-shirts or jack­ets.”

The cool city has wel­comed many vis­i­tors try­ing to es­cape the heat in other parts of the coun­try.

“This is my first time in Heihe. Be­fore com­ing, I couldn’t imag­ine it would be so cool here dur­ing the hottest time of sum­mer. The cli­mate is com­fort­able,” Lang Tongxu, 28, a tourist from Shang­hai, said on Wed­nes­day. Shang­hai has ex­pe­ri­enced op­pres­sive heat for the past 15 days, and a record high of 40.9 C was set on Sun­day.

“I feel so lucky to be here, and I plan to rec­om­mend the city to my friends in Shang­hai,” Lang said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter, show­ers will move from west to east across Hei­long jiang, with the tem­per­a­ture falling slightly over the next cou­ple of days.

REN GUO­QIANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Campers wake up at dawn on Sun­day on the Bund in Shang­hai af­ter spend­ing the night there to en­joy the breeze.

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