Shanghai winter

Shanghai winter

Even though it’s strawberry season it’s also winter in Shanghai. Here is what my weather app shows at the moment and judging by the comments from my coworkers this is as cold as it gets. Next week will be the second time we’ll have sub-zero temperatures at night. But whenever that happens, or really whenever it’s below 10, everyone complains about how freezing it is.

Last night and this morning it even snowed a bit, which is pretty rare for Shanghai. Here are some pictures of the “Winter Wonderland” taken from our apartment and the office window.

Though the temperatures make it look like Shanghai has mild winters it actually does feel really cold. One thing is the humidity which makes it seem much colder than it. Also, Shanghai is south of the north-south divide for central heating. Apparently, the heating line runs along the Huai River and Qin Mountains, so Shanghai doesn’t make the cut. We are lucky that floor heating was installed in our apartment before we moved in so at least at home it’s pretty comfortable. However, most places in Shanghai don’t have heating and the only way to make it warm is using the air conditioner. That includes our office. Hello, cold toes.

At least I have an excuse for my favorite winter activities: Staying home, cuddling up with my heated blanket and watching Grey’s Anatomy while eating all the Christmas candy 🙂

Update by Thorben:

Everyone was very excited about the snow. Our colleagues from corporate research tried to build a snowman this morning. This afternoon we showed them how it is done.

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