At last! The sun is out! The washing lines, fences and trees all over Shanghai are groaning under the weight of two weeks’ worth of wet laundry, and all the bedding and pillows have been put out to air for good measure. People are smiling, a little bit (it is still freezing) and every now and then someone out walking looks up, just to check that the sky today, is in fact, blue.
It’s been raining now for two weeks. Every day. All the time. Cold rain. Where is spring? In China, the arrival of each new season is fluid, and is based on having five days in a row of a certain average temperature. For spring, for example, the daily average must be 10 degrees C or higher for five days in a row. Seems like it might be a long way off. Please Send Sun!