Either my phone has given up trying to understand Shenzhen weather or someone is playing a bad prank on me. If you are, stop it. Stop it right now.
It's been pouring rain the last 30 minutes. You wouldn't know it from looking at Yahoo's weather app. Beautiful weather app though.
Golden Port Circuit, Beijing.
It rained in Shenzhen for three days straight prior to my departure from the city on Wednesday. This is the result:
A massive sinkhole apparently brought on by heavy rain opened up in Shezhen, China, swallowing a security guard alive and causing nearby residents to evacuate. Yang Jiabin, 25, was walking in the Futian district near new construction yesterday afternoon when the ground gave way beneath him, opening into a 26 foot-wide, 52 foot-deep crater; despite the quick arrival of rescue workers, he reportedly died on-scene.
Futian is the district I live in. Scary.
By the way, why does it seem so difficult for foreign journalists to correct spell 'Shenzhen?' Roughly half of the news articles I read about my city misspell its name.
I'm in my sandals and shorts today.
China's coldest winter, China's tennis winner, the world's longest subway, the world's auto-manufacturing gateway.
The state-run, English-language China Daily reported Friday that about 1,000 ships were stuck in ice in Laizhou Bay in eastern China's Bohai Sea.
Winter hasn't fully arrived in Shenzhen. Guess most of the cold is being deposited farther north.
Chinese star Li Na captured her seventh career title and second on home soil when she beat Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 on Saturday in the Shenzhen Open final.
China on Saturday came out with a new policy to boost usage of public transport, days after the capital, Beijing, put into operation four subway lines — with a combined length of 70 km — whose addition makes the sprawling 16-line Beijing subway system the world’s longest.
The extended Line 10 is a monster. It might not be the most condensed metro system in the world, but boy is it long.
Financial Times reports China may build more vehicles than
Europe next year for the first time in the history of the automotive industry. All told, manufacturers in China are projected to produce 19.6 million light vehicles this year compared to the 18.3 million slated to be built in Europe.
Today is beautiful. This might not be a big deal in other places around the world, like Italy (I know Luca, I know) but it's a big deal here.
Contaminated baby formula, South Chinese Sea island disputes, and Beijing flooding.
A month after large batches of Chinese baby formula were found to contain dangerous levels of mercury, state media outlets reported Monday that the authorities have discovered more shipments of contaminated formula, this time poisoned with a cancer-causing toxin.
Chinese babies can't seem to catch a break.
China will establish a military garrison on a disputed island in the South China Sea, part of an increased assertiveness in the resource-rich waters that’s straining ties with nations in the region and the U.S.
A severe rainstorm pounded Beijing on Saturday, flooding roads and low-lying buildings, knocking out power in several neighborhoods and killing 37 people, according to state-media reports. More than 500 flights were canceled or delayed at the Beijing airport, stranding tens of thousands after the heaviest rain in 61 years fell on the Chinese capital. By Sunday the waters had largely subsided, the rainfall having scoured the city streets and temporarily clearing out Beijing’s notorious air pollution.
How bad was it? There's this from Natalie, a web editor at City Weekend Magazine:
Cut to Saturday morning, when upon waking up I threw open my curtains and was met with some of the worst pollution I’ve seen in months. Because those gross particles are rather heavy, I knew it was only a matter of time before the sky opened up. I got pretty soaked in a brief lunchtime downpour, which led me to stock up on food and retreat to my apartment to wait for the main event.
Starting around 3pm, my neighborhood was absolutely slammed with sheets of rain, howling wind, thunder and lightning. I went into my kitchen to cook dinner around 7:30, and decided to take a peek out the window to see how the street was faring. Answer: not very well. The photo at left (very poor quality, with apologies) is of a car floating by.
Wow. I lived in Beijing for one year and experienced rain so bad that certain streets started to flood but I don't remember cars floating by.
Was raining last night, so the little BBQ guy by my apartment and his diners moved under the highway overpass.
Hope I make it home. It's poring rain.
It's been raining for 4+ hours since I arrived. In Denver, thunder means you get out of the pool as soon as possible. In Shenzhen, apparently thunder means you cheer really loud and keep on swimming. I got out of the pool anyway (Pavlovian response). Maybe it's because there are tall towers everywhere, where as the Denver suburban area is flatter and lightning has a higher chance of striking swimming pools.