Guangzhou had its first snowfall for at least seven decades yesterday as the big chill struck Guangdong.
Snow fell in the citys Yuexiu, Baiyun and Panyu districts a first for the Guangdong Meteorological Service. Its records do not go back before the establishment of the Peoples Republic.
Similar mixes of snow, hail and rain were seen and felt in Shantou, Dongguan and Shenzhen.
Most had never before experienced snow. People living on Beijing Road in Yuexiu ran excitedly from their homes to take pictures. Children opened their mouths to catch snowflakes.
Northern parts of Guangdong are expected to experience fierce temperature dips minus six degrees Celsius is likely on low ground, while in hilly areas it could be minus seven degrees.
That will be close to what it was in Shanghai yesterday. A minus 7.2 degrees reading made it the citys coldest day in 35 years.
Plans for cold weather have been activated, including warming shelters outside Guangzhous main rail terminal for people waiting for trains. That coincided with the start of the 40-day Spring Festival travel season, known as the Chunyun period.
Guangdong will see the heaviest traffic with some 140 million people moving during the period.
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