Me and Chairman Mao
My parents are coming into town tomorrow for a week. This will be their second visit to China. Last time, they came to Beijing in December 2004 for Christmas and, since it was the dead of winter, it was--to put it mildly--not very warm: in almost two weeks, I don't think it ever got above freezing outside, and with the omnipresent wind, the temperature was generally in the mid- to low-teens. (Here's proof of how cold it was!) Since Shanghai winters are much milder than those in Beijing, I've been telling them for weeks that even if it's a little cloudy and/or rainy here in Shanghai, it won't be nearly as cold as it was in Beijing, so there won't be any need to worry about the temperature. Of course, that was before I woke up this morning and looked out my bedroom window at this:

Zooming in a little closer on the park across the street:

I think that, in this case, the title of this post says it all. (Oops!) True, the snow has all melted already, leaving the streets even dirtier than usual, but so much for not worrying about the temperature ...
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