China's Latest Heatwave is Driving Everyone Crazy

2017-07-13 19:01:13 Lu Qi

Most Chinese people don't want to get tanned, that’s true. People in the West will laugh when they see Chinese hiding inside their umbrellas under the sun. Sunscreen and other sun-proof products always enjoy large sales in China. The reasons why Chinese are vampires are simple: having a fair complexion is considered more attractive. Just as an old saying goes: a white complexion is powerful enough to hide seven faults. In ancient China, The Book of Songs used to describe a beautiful woman who had skin like cream and ivory. Chinese women will use anything to hide themselves from the sunlight.

The second reason…well, the sunlight in China is brutal and lethal! The recent heatwave has been overwhelming making every day a dog day in China. The four hottest cities in China, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Hangzhou and Nanchang are described as furnaces cities, because they have especially hot and oppressively humid summer weather. The highest temperatures are expected to reach 42.3℃.

This photo of the Cameroonian football player, Stephane M’Bia's tan line is going viral. He's known in the country as he joined Hebei China Fortune in 2012. Chinese people see even if black Africans are feeling the heat then it really must be hot.

Stephane M’Bia showing his tan line

It’s been so hot that the country has been busy ensuring its citizens are protected under the heat, by providing free body checks.

A medic provides free body check for citizens in the air-raid shelter in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality

Soft drinks are full in supply

A vendor gives soft drinks to a customer in Shanghai, east China

All Chinese also owe their lives to two people, Jacob Fussell, Father of the Ice Cream Industry and Willis Carrier, who invented modern air conditioning. Every year when summer comes, a photo of the great men will be posted online, usually with a subtitle “You owe me your life. ——By Willis Carrier”



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