The worst killer heat wave in history is hitting… [Scorching China] Learn from the too-shocking “heat measures”. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

The worst killer heat wave in history is hitting… [Scorching China] Learn from the too-shocking “heat measures”.

The number of days above 35 degrees Celsius in Beijing has reached a record high for the first time in 23 years. People have been searching for cooler weather and have gathered their wits about them. ......

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The public swimming pools are crowded with people, and long lines of people are waiting in front of the library from morning to cool off in air-conditioned rooms. The killer heat wave that is hitting China this summer is the worst in history.

People, people, people. …… The surface of the water is covered with people!

People gathered at a huge swimming pool in Nanjing. It is said that the pool is so popular that the entrance is restricted every day.

In Beijing, the capital of China, there were 29 extremely hot days with a maximum temperature exceeding 35°C (as of July 25), breaking a record for the first time in 23 years. In the Turfan Basin of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the temperature exceeded 52°C, the highest ever recorded. The area is called ‘a giant sauna’ on the Internet,” said a reporter stationed in China for a national newspaper.

In scorching China, countermeasures against the heat are being taken with wisdom. The authorities have opened air-raid shelters for citizens to cool off, and people are enjoying themselves by dipping their feet in mahjong ponds. Chinese journalist Zhou Laiyu said, “The bomb shelters were built by the U.S. and Soviet Union.

During the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Mao Zedong, who was worried about nuclear war, ordered that bomb shelters be built all over the country. Now they are abandoned, so there is no way to avoid using them. In China, pools are famous for the sight of large numbers of people gathered in them, but in rural areas there is only about one in each city. Because there are so few of them, people end up concentrating on the pools.”

At first glance, this may seem like an odd sight, but it seems that Japan could learn a thing or two from this. Mr. Zhou continues.

You may think it’s funny to see people lying down in the cool subway, but China has the audacity to use public facilities to cool off. In the life-threatening heat, it doesn’t matter what you look like. This is not the time to be choosy.

Behind this shocking scene lies the toughness of people living in a harsh climate.

Nanjing’s bomb shelters are equipped with cold water, chairs, and desks, and children are seen from morning till night doing their summer vacation homework.
Women driving motorcycles with thick, air-conditioned clothing inside. This is becoming a common sight in China.
In Chengdu, Sichuan Province, people enjoy mahjong by dipping their feet in the water in a pond. This is an eco-friendly way to cool down.
A woman in Jinan, Shandong Province in the east, wearing a veil over her entire body for the ultimate sunburn protection. Wrapping her entire body in a flashy blue and yellow veil for complete sun protection.
The purpose of the long line of people waiting in front of the library in Jinan City was ……. Many people were waiting for the library to open in the morning. The purpose is not to study but to cool off.

From the August 11, 2023 issue of FRIDAY

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