Spring Break

The worst of the winter weather seems to have passed. The China Meteorological Administration has lifted its extreme winter weather alert three weeks after the start of the worst snow and ice storms since 1954.

A vast area of southern and central China was blanketed in snow and ice, disrupting power and transport and stranding millions ahead of the lunar New Year holiday. Xinhua says that power had been restored to 162 counties, including the city of Chenzhou in Hunan province, which was without power and running water for almost two weeks. Hunan, like many of the worst hit parts of country rarely experiences such severe winters and has little capacity to clear ice and snow.

Now begins the clean-up, physical and political. At least the year of the rat – a year for hard work and renewal — restarts the calendar. Gung Hei Fat Choy

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