Crazy New Year

This is the craziest new year I have ever experienced. Just to list a few.

  • It is snowing. Crazily heavy in Shanghai – the heaviest snow in recent years. Looking outside our office – I feel I am in Beijing.
  • No railway station. From today to the Spring Festival, many stations have stopped all ticket selling. No ticket at all.
  • Highways closed. In provinces like Anhui, all highways have been closed because of snow.
  • No electricity. Shanghai’s storage of coal to product electricity has been left for only two days, according to media today. What happens after two days when there are not enough electricity in Shanghai?
  • Things get expensive. Due to half million people waiting in the train station, someone are selling boxed meal at 10 times or higher price.
  • My friends in office called people who have ticket. The price as been 3-4 fold, from 300 RMB to 1000 RMB, and increasing.
  • Snow caused the most important railway line – Beijing to Guangzhou line – broken for 20 hours. People with tickets cannot leave the city.
  • Many airports are closed. No aircraft have left or arrived since then.

Disclaimer: I didn’t personally see the facts with my eyes except the Shanghai snow. I rely on the sources in news in this article, and those sources are not always reliable.


  1. My wife’s sister has been ‘stranded’ in Guangzhou for several days trying to get home. She is not in as bad a situation as some others perhaps as family is less than a 20 minute car drive away.

  2. Really messed up…Worst case: I will have to spend my CNY in Shanghai…

  3. Jian Shuo

    Can you please post some pics of the snow in the streets of Shanghai?

  4. Any pics showing the snow in the streets of Shanghai?

  5. yes, I also want to have a look for the snow in the streets of Shanghai.

    Uncle Wang, pls.

  6. a friend sent me one pic of the snow in Shanghai today and it only appeared to be a couple of inches on the ground. the street looked freshly plowed and was clear.

  7. Today. heavy Snow in ningbo city. I live near new bridge connect cixi city and shanghai city. There only 2hours to shanghai in Q2 2008

  8. No school in Suzhou all week ‘cos of the snow. See for some photos!

  9. No school in Suzhou all week ‘cos of the snow. See for some photos!

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