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Old 07-29-2016, 08:17 AM
 
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Southeast China is again experiencing extreme heat. The hot area is basically China's most advanced region, with hundreds of millions of population.


It is sad that so many people in the dark orange area have to suffer this kind of heat for months every year, while on the hand, they don't enjoy the indoor centralized heating like people in the north do due to poor planning in the 1950s, and therefore have to again suffer 24H bone biting humid coldness in the winter. Imagine -5C or lower without heating for two months (Shanghai registered -8C last winter). Sometimes water pipes burst due to a cold spell. People literally have to wear winter clothes in doors all the time shivering in the damp cold.


While the north has cold, long and dry winters, and is most polluted, China's south west region, namely, Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi (the three on the SW corner) in general has mild weather all year round - cooler in the summer and warm in winter. Kunming for example has an average Jan high of 15.4C (60F) in Jan and 24C (75F) in July - almost California like (not nearly as much sun though). However, these regions are much less populated. For example in terms of density


Yunnan: 120, Guizhou 197, Guangxi 194, compared with Jiangsu (767), Zhejiang (523), Anhhui (425). Of course the SW province tends to have higher elevations and more mountainous areas but in general is under utilized and less dense by Chinese standards. I am saying this not because it is peculiar, but because it relates to energy consumption and climate change. In most countries, areas with milder weather tends to be more heavily inhabited, Such as Canada's very south, California, Southern England, coastal Australia, east Brazil etc. (what about India?), but in China, put aside the minority heavy autonomous regions such as Xinjiang, Tibet/Qinhai and Inner Mongolia, too many people are living in regions with hostile weather, unnecessarily wasting too much energy and causing too much pollution. In Shanghai, for example, only the months of April-May and October-November have ideal thermal comfort.


It is time for Chinese governments to allocate more resource and put the right policy to develop its south west. These regions are the poorest among all. In GDP per capita (USD):


Guangxi: 5,650, Yunnan: 4,660, Guizhou: 4,790. Compared with Jiangsu: 14, 130, Zhejiang: 12, 500, Fujian: 11,00, Shanghai: 16,600. It is like they are in 2 countries.




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Old 08-11-2016, 06:23 AM
 
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Nice posting. The weather in the Shanghai area during the winter is horrible. I remember for years living in my apartment in downtown Shanghai freezing because none of the buildings had centralized heat. Its all walled in units that you can switch from cool air in the summer, to heat in the winter. Every room had to have a unit, and electricity is not that cheap in Shanghai, so when you went from room to room in your apartment, you had to constantly turn off and on the units. You sit around your apartment with long johns and a winter coat while on the couch watching TV.
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Old 08-11-2016, 12:59 PM
 
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Most of China does not have a good climate for humans to live with, but it may be good for rice and wheat.
The best climate is found in southwest China.
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Old 08-11-2016, 05:29 PM
 
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Most of China does not have a good climate for humans to live with, but it may be good for rice and wheat.
The best climate is found in southwest China.
Yep. Unfortunately Asia is either far too cold or far too hot. USA arguably is the best continent land use wise.


Asia is one hella cold continent - just look at comparable cities from the USA at the same latitudes.
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Old 08-11-2016, 06:33 PM
 
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Or if its not cold, you have the southeast (Guangdong/Fujian) climate, which is nice and mild from October until April, but the rest of the year is brutally hot, and rains all the time. South west like Yunnan is beautiful, great weather and clean rivers and surroundings, but no jobs unfortunately.
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Old 08-11-2016, 06:47 PM
 
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Or if its not cold, you have the southeast (Guangdong/Fujian) climate, which is nice and mild from October until April, but the rest of the year is brutally hot, and rains all the time. South west like Yunnan is beautiful, great weather and clean rivers and surroundings, but no jobs unfortunately.
China and possibly Asia is either far too hot or far too cold for most parts of the year. When it is ideal, that place has either no access to sea or some other physical barriers (e.g. earthquakes).


China is not brutally hot, countries like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam is what I call brutally hot.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:59 AM
 
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China and possibly Asia is either far too hot or far too cold for most parts of the year. When it is ideal, that place has either no access to sea or some other physical barriers (e.g. earthquakes).


China is not brutally hot, countries like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam is what I call brutally hot.
In July and August, most parts of China are as hot as Thailand. However usually it starts to cool down in September.

On the other hand, Texas summer is worse than all of China.
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