January 30, 2008 Clear and cold
Leaving China Today
Dear Family and Friends,
Today, the CNN weather reporter announced, "In China, it is the coldest winter in decades." Beijing is unusually cold. Earlier this week there was a big snowstorm in Shanghai in the south, also unusual.
Thick white clouds of steam drift skyward from the tall brick smokestacks of the coal furnaces that are working overtime to keep up with the increase in demand.
There are coal shortages and water shortages and brownouts and blackouts.
At the height of this Spring Festival travel time, transportation is disrupted in many places.
Despite the delays and the chilly restaurants and hotel lobbies, I admit I am beginning to enjoy this winter season.