Beijing records the longest cold wave in modern history


Beijing The longest cold snap since records began in 1951 was recorded as frigid temperatures and snow began to fall in the Chinese capital and elsewhere.

The official “Beijing Daily” media reported that the temperature recorded at the Nanjiao Meteorological Station in Beijing rose to above zero degrees Celsius on Sunday afternoon for the first time in days.


A giant panda rests in a tree at the zoo after snowfall in Beijing.

“Since the temperature first dropped below zero on December 11, the temperature has remained below this line for more than 300 hours,” the Beijing Daily wrote.

a Strong cold wave Typhoons have swept across much of China this month, pushing heating capacity in some cities in northern China to its limits.

Henan Province in central China experienced several system failures.

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People carry a rope as they descend the icy section of the Great Wall of China.

In Jiaozhou City, heating was partially halted after a malfunction at the Wanfang power plant on Friday. The problem was resolved on Saturday and heating is expected to resume on Sunday evening, according to the city's official Jiaozuo Daily newspaper.

Two other cities in the province, Puyang and Pingdingshan, have cut heating to most government buildings and state-owned enterprises since Friday “to prioritize the limited heating resources of hospitals, schools and residential buildings,” according to statements from the two city governments.

Cold weather in the capital, Beijing It started a few days ago It caused problems with the city's metro system.

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Hundreds of passengers, dozens of them with broken bones, were sent to hospital in Beijing earlier this month after two trains collided on a crowded metro line during snowy conditions, the Beijing Transport Authority said.

Bitter temperatures also hampered rescue efforts afterward Deadly earthquake This month in the northwestern province of Gansu.

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