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Hong Kong chills on social media: foolhardy frost chasers, ice selfies, videos and pictures of our coldest day for 60 years

Instagram, Facebook and Twitter experience a blizzard of entertaining posts as temperatures plummeted to 3.3C

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 January, 2016, 10:01am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 January, 2016, 2:19pm

Hong Kong has seen its coldest day since 1957 - but that hasn’t stopped locals from getting out to enjoy the cold snap.

Social media was flooded with photographs, videos and amusing posts as temperatures plummeted to 3.3C yesterday, in a city where most homes lack central heating.

Hongkongers were warned to put on extra layers as the wind picked up.

A government spokesman said: “It is very cold and windy over Hong Kong. People are advised to put on warm clothes and to avoid prolonged exposure to wintry winds.”

But some decided to ignore the advice and ventured up the The Peak in search of snow.

。 香港地土炮雪人 大帽仔☃❄️

A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀莫茱迪Judy Mok (@judymok) on Jan 24, 2016 at 7:01am PST

There were hilarious scenes as a group of intrepid ramblers struggled to remain upright as they hiked into the hills.

Others preferred to hibernate indoors and shared their thoughts on the events as they curled up in blankets.

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One Instagram user took a humorous approach to the big freeze - comparing his battle with the cold to Leonardo Dicaprio’s plight in Hollywood film The Revenant.

Making my way to the bathroom this morning like...#Hongkong #cold

A photo posted by @smadanay on Jan 24, 2016 at 4:37pm PST

Another person shared a picture of Matt Le Blanc’s character Joey in popular sitcom Friends wearing multiple jumpers as she mused on her winter wardrobe.

Six layers seems like a good idea. #belikeJoey #sixlayersnotenough #joeywasthetruegenius #freezing #makethecoldgoaway

A photo posted by Astha Sindher (@asthasindher) on Jan 24, 2016 at 8:46am PST

Some Hongkongers simply decided to share selfies of themselves wrapped up for the intense wind chill.

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And some shared screenshots of weather charts which showed how Hong Kong’s climate fared in comparison with the rest of the world.

#Brrr 💨💨

A photo posted by Elaine aka Lainey♡ (@lingssssssss) on Jan 24, 2016 at 4:18pm PST

One more day of winter before 20C+ later this week. Freezing in the meantime. #HKwinter

A photo posted by JJ Minder (@jj_minder) on Jan 24, 2016 at 3:18pm PST


A photo posted by @punwingwing on Jan 24, 2016 at 8:40am PST

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About 20 participants of a cross country race were sent to hospital after experiencing symptoms associated with hypothermia.

Weather forecasters have said conditions will not warm up until the middle of this week.

On Sunday, senior scientific officer Wong Wai-kin told AFP: “It is the coldest day since 1957. The daily minimum dropped to 3.3 degrees Celsius, the previous record was 2.4 degrees in February of 1957.”

According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the coldest weather occurred in January 1893, when temperatures plunged to 0 C.

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For those less fortunate Hong Kongers living on the streets, the cold snap meant even tougher conditions as they struggled to keep warm.

Many homeless people were shut out of government shelters, which only open in the evening to the next morning.

While others yet again were not fazed by the cold conditions - choosing to take to the waters at Hung Hom as Hong Kong’s very own version of the ‘polar bear’ tradition around the world of people who choose go for a swim outdoors in the coldest of winter climes.

Schools across Hong Kong are typically not heated, leading authorities to cancel classes for kindergarten and primary school children on Monday morning; many parents did not receive the announcement and have sent their children to school regardless, leaving many children in the cold outside closed schools with no supervision.

Additional reporting by Agence France Presse