Snow clears smog but brings travel chaos to China

A snow-covered Beijing Olympic Park yesterday. More than a hundred flights in the capital were cancelled or delayed. Photo: Xinhua

Snowfall that swept across northern China over the weekend helped ease pollution that had choked parts of the country last week, but concerns about air quality were replaced with travel woes caused by snow and ice in several regions.

Monday, 21 January, 2013, 10:55am

Snow disrupts air, road traffic in northern China

Snow covers tree branches in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province. Photo: Xinhua

Snow in northern China has forced the cancellation of more than 100 flights and the closure of dozens of highways, authorities said Sunday.

20 Jan 2013 - 3:53pm

China Digest, December 7, 2012

A head-on collision between a cargo truck and a minibus on Wednesday killed five people and injured 16 in Chengnan town, Liuan city, Xinhua reports.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:29am

China Digest, November 29, 2012

The Beijing Institute of Technology has received 1.2 billion yuan (HK$1.48 billion) to build a large centre for the research and development of defence technologies, and construction began on Monday, the Beijing Evening News reports.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

Cold front to bring snow and ice to Beijing and northern provinces

Fresh snow covered Baotou in Inner Mongolia yesterday. A cold front will bring freezing weather to Beijing and northern provinces today. Photo: Xinhua

A cold front will bring a blast of early winter weather across much of northern China today, including Beijing, where preparations are underway for the 18th National Party Congress, weather authorities warned.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:14am 1 comment

Girl on fire

'No one will forget me. The girl who was on fire'

A fully formed hero

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The snow maiden

Deep in the dark forests that cover northern Russia lived an old woodcutter and his wife. The couple were sometimes sad because they did not have children. A child would have brought warmth and joy into their cabin. But it was not to be, and the old couple never spoke of their sadness to each other.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The woman whose footprints stopped

It had been a long winter, but now spring was at last returning to the snow lands. Akiak lived with his wife, Sakiri, in an igloo at the edge of a frozen creek. Through holes drilled into the ice, Akiak caught fish that Sakiri cooked for their winter meals.

They were grateful for the food that Nature gave them, and to still be alive at the end of each hard winter.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Snow business

Hong Kong may be a place where it never snows, but surprisingly it is home to the world's most successful snow sculpture team.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Snow place like home

Snow is falling steadily onto the Coastal Mountains above Vancouver, and it's hard to believe that a building erected from that very material can possibly be transformed into a warm and comfortable bolt-hole for the night. But ever since I was a child, I've wanted to spend the night in an igloo, so where better to do it than the land where they were invented?

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

notes from the dorm

A small, but brief, snowstorm marked the beginning of winter in Vancouver late in the night. The snowflakes were illuminated by the orange glow of streetlights for a passing moment before settling on the ground.

14 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Notes from the dorm

Snow is a rarity in Hong Kong, usually made of fluffed-up cotton to be used as store-front decorations during the festive season. In countries closer to the Arctic Circle, snow is both loved and hated.

23 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Flood fears as Yellow River freezes over

Temperatures continued to plunge across much of the mainland yesterday, heightening the risk of mass flooding with the eventual thaw.

The Yellow River was frozen over more than 900 kilometres of its length, prompting water authorities in several provinces to bring forward plans to counter the annual spring deluge.

8 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

South and central regions to be hit by snow, rainfall

Central and southern China is bracing for considerable rain and an alarming amount of snow, as a cold front heading south will collide with warm and humid air, the China Meteorological Administration says.

16 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Heavy, early snowfall causes trouble

Heavy snowfall has delayed traffic and disturbed daily life in the northern part of the mainland.

16 Nov 2009 - 12:00am