Chinese find creative ways to cool off as heatwave continues

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 July, 2013, 2:33pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 July, 2013, 4:54pm

People around China are finding creative ways to beat the heat as a heatwave that has been scorching one-third of the country for more than 20 days continues.

Residents of Shanghai without air conditioning have been sleeping on running machines in a supermarket, cyclists and pedestrians have been using covers to protect themselves from the scorching sun and children have taken to playing in fountains to cool off.

Around 15,000 tourists in China’s Sichuan province crowded into a wave pool to escape the hot weather last Sunday, according to Chengdu Commercial Daily. The pool was so crowded that tourists couldn’t even move.

Temperatures are expected to top 40 degrees Celsius in China’s southeastern and northwestern regions today and the heatwave will continue for the next 10 days, according to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA).

The CMA issued an emergency response for the first time this year on Tuesday because of the hot weather.

Ten people died of heat stoke in Shanghai, Xinhua news service reported while a severe drought in China’s Guizhou province left more than 1 million people without drinking water, according to state-run China Central Television (CCTV).