Day 203: Beating the Heat

Playing cards to pass the time

Playing cards to pass the time

A group of men play cards while others stop to watch. Card playing (and gambling) is hugely popular here in China and a card game, on the street, or in the park, can quickly generate a crowd of observers. This group, on Jingyin Road, were coping with today’s heat index of 108 F (42 C) by playing a few hands in the shade. Jingyin Road is a Cricket Market with shops lining the street offering caged crickets, song birds, turtles (by the tub full!), tropical fish–mostly Koi and goldfish– and even the odd caged brown squirrel, or two.

Day 201: Hot & Sticky

Two friends beat the heat under a fine mist

Two friends beat the heat under a fine mist

The rains are gone and the summer heat and humidity have arrived in Shanghai. Sunshine, (a low AQI meant blue skies) a temperature of 95 F (35C), and humidity of 71% equaled a heat index of 109 degrees, this afternoon. I went walking the local neighborhood hoping to find a place to buy a dog leash and collar, but had no luck (I did manage to get a pair of plastic slides for 15 RMB). A small shopping center just off Century Avenue and Weifang Xi Lu had a cooling zone with a fine mist spraying out over some benches and it was pretty popular, but stepping into air conditioned stores was more effective.