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Chongqing Heat


If there's one thing that I'll never enjoy about Chongqing, it's the weather. This isn't just because I'm a foreigner though; the locals complain about the weather on a daily basis! But it's particularly bad this time of year: the summer.

For example, yesterday it was 116F and there was 60-70% humidity. In this kind of weather, you really don't want to do anything. I wake up in the morning before my alarm goes off at 7:00am because by that time, it's already too hot to sleep. I take a cold shower and spend the rest of the morning in front of my fan keeping cool before I head to work around 8:00am. By that time it's already in the mid-eighties. 

Luckily, most buildings have air condition. Unfortunately, Chinese people think it's unhealthy to keep the windows closed, so there is a constant struggle between the outside heat and the indoor AC. I close the windows every opportunity I get though.

After work, the walk home is brutal. It feels like there is a hole in the ozone layer that insists on following me around everywhere I go. I get home, immediately change out of sweaty clothes, and sit in front of my fan again waiting for nightfall so I can venture out and explore. 

There are tricks to staying cool. For example, I've found that buying clothes here in China rather than bringing them from the US was helpful. The clothes they sell here is made for hot weather so it dries easily and is very breatheable. You also HAVE TO find a friend with a pool. Many apartment complexes have them and I can't tell you how nice it's been to go swimming on a hot day, even if the pools are unbelievably crowded.

All in all, I have to admit that I'm adjusting somewhat. I still hide inside every chance I get, but every day I spend more and more time outside with the locals, suffering through the heat and griping about our city's weather. It gives you a sense of solidarity and acclamation to put up with the heat like a local.


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