Father-In-Law on the Roof? Strange Scenes During Extreme Cold in Southern China | Speaking of China

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  1. Phil Chung
    Phil Chung January 25, 2016 at 1:04 pm | | Reply

    Jocelyn, the pictures looked nice!

    The weather in the past week or so was rather extreme. Over the weekend a few friends and myself headed up one of the highest peak in HK to do some scrambling. Towards the summit, the temperature was between -5 and -8 deg C, wind blowing at about 30-50 mph and hailstone coming down horizontally! There were ice and icicles on rocks and plants. Our clothes and rucksacks were literally plastered solid chucks of ice just for being up there.

    (Ok, we were mad and seeing icicles on palm trees & papaya trees at 100m elevation was probably a good warning sign!)

    I have say I had never seen anything like that in HK so far in my lifetime.

  2. Alex Lee
    Alex Lee January 25, 2016 at 3:02 pm | | Reply

    Giant panda’s heartwarming snow day.

  3. Marta
    Marta January 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm | | Reply

    Brrrr! I am also freezing over here, hehe. Last week I was in Shenzhen and Hong Kong and also there it was waaaay colder than usual! Cold has been the favourite topic on everyone’s WeChat these days.

  4. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary January 25, 2016 at 7:19 pm | | Reply

    It is so cold in Taiwan now – it even snowed in some higher areas that has never had snow in years. I was in hibernation all weekend and I think it was the first time we ever used to heater function of our air conditioners. It was 2C here on Saturday.

    I am also not a big fan of the cold or snow. I suffered through too many Canadian winters to ever miss the white stuff.

  5. Ning
    Ning January 26, 2016 at 7:27 am | | Reply

    Brrrr! Cute picture at the end 🙂

  6. Autumn
    Autumn January 26, 2016 at 7:41 am | | Reply

    Clearly, you will need to invest in the roof rake, staple of New England life.

    Meanwhile, I’m about to post a photo showing the brutality of winter in Southern California — an overabundance of citrus. We are out of bowls. It’s a tragedy.

  7. Roberta V.
    Roberta V. January 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm | | Reply

    Sigh… I am leaving this Sunday to meet with my boyfriend and his family (first meeting ever) in Hohhot… I know I am going to lose my toes (´;ω;`)…

  8. Henry P. Sheng
    Henry P. Sheng January 27, 2016 at 11:04 am | | Reply

    While basking in the warm sun under blue sky in Southern California, I can still recall the cold Siberian wind cutting my face while riding bicycle to school every morning including Saturday and even Sunday mornings (for special preparation sessions geared for college entrance examination) in late 1947 – 48, Shanghai. Incidentally, (1) where is the picture depicting a western woman with her head lying on the lap of an Asian man coming from? I saw it when I access to one of your blog few issues back. From a movie, perhaps? (2) There are two more
    Nobel Prize Winners one in Physics after Steve Chu who have Western wives. One is 崔琦 whose wife is Norwegian and the other is 錢永健 (2008), a chemist still teaching at University of California (San Diego campus). Born in NY and remotely related to the famous Chinese rocket expert 錢學森, he married an American lady and denied he is of Chinese stock. (3) Perhaps you may want to look into the
    historic episode during the infamous Irish Potato Famine period when thousands of Irish emigrants landed in NY and soon men all went to West for jobs and homestead land, gold rush in California and railroad building, leaving behind thousands of young women without adequate eligible young men for husbands. Meanwhile, China was in a period of turmoil when Taiping Rebellion forces waged a semi-cult war against the Manchu Dynasty but instead resulting killing all the innocent people along the route by both sides. So a large exodus of Chinese young men took place to seek job in the
    U. S. and landed in NY without eligible women for wives. It is just a simple 1 + 1
    relationship that hundreds Irish women ended up marrying Chinese laborers all by social and physical needs. I recall having seen a black and white documentary film
    about this rare episode whereas Irish women wore fashionable bonentte and their
    Chinese counterpart has long pigtail posing for pictures. How they communicated
    is still a mystery to me but they did reproduce children for certain. Few years ago,
    I met an American lady who was promoting her book telling me that her family name
    is Liu because her grandpa was a Chinese laborer married to an Irish lady.

  9. Timo
    Timo January 29, 2016 at 3:08 am | | Reply

    Must be terrible right now with these temperatures! No problem for me to have it cold outside but I need my warmth when I am at home. Even during my military service our tents we okayish warm with the tiny wood heated oven in the middle.

    Btw, why was your father-in-law on the roof? I only know something like that when there is much snow like 1-2 feet of it making it too heavy for older roofs

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