- Posted August 12, 2013 by
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Life in China
Heat wave in Shanghai
With 33+ days with temperatures above 95°F and a record high 105°F this is the hottest summer in Shanghai since 1932.
The Chinese 23-million mega-city is not new to hot summers. High temperature and extreme humidity make it hard to commute and work outdoor.
With a ban on of gasoline-powered two-wheeled vehicles already empowered years ago and extremely expensive car plates (around 80,000 CNY, 13,000 USD) bicycles and electric-powered mopeds and scooters are still a very common way of commuting even in such hot days.
Street workers and gardeners work hard every day to keep the city clean (indeed a very high standard compared to many European and American cities): the tireless "migrant workers" (from other Chinese provinces) are the backbone of this ever-changing city, that is to build skyscrapers that to repair sidewalks.
Parasols and hand fans are still very popular, but when it comes to fight the heat and to avoid a heat stroke... anything goes.
Worth mentioning the "lift shirt look" so popular among men, maybe not the best looking set up but they swear it does a lot when it comes to fighting the heat.
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