Living in China. July 16, 2010.

The typhoon was supposed to arrive last night. There isn’t a lot of wind, but there is a lot of rain. The temperature has dropped considerably. After weeks of 100 degree highs, the typhoon is welcome.

Yesterday’s Shenzhen Daily had a story about the typhoon hitting Manila and killing 20+ people. Somehow it’s not considered a big threat here. I think about hurricane coverage in the U.S.A. The news starts covering storms off the coast of Africa and follows them across the Atlantic. All the attention makes the weaker minded people in America worry, usually needlessly. Here there is almost no attention given to typhoons until the day before they hit. And even then, they don’t get 24/7 news coverage.

It started raining about 22:00, but when I woke up at 02:30, the stars were out. When I got up at 06:00 it was cloudy, but not raining.

Had to go to Hong Kong to get my passport stamped. I waited until 10:00 to go in order to avoid the crowds going to work on the busses. I had hoped it would be cloudy from the typhoon, but it wasn’t. Got through everything and back home in about 4 hours.

Once at the checkpoint it took about an hour to go through customs, passport control, and hop on a train to the first stop in Hong Kong, then back. The train into Hong Kong was very crowded, I had to stand. Going back it was almost empty.

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Views from the train.

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Inside the Futian checkpoint building

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Today’s paper said the typhoon would now hit tonight. They were a little vague about its exact path. There are no warning signs on the TV screen as I write this.

As I read more of the paper, one article says the typhoon will hit Guangdong province (here). A different article says is will hit Hainan province, south of here. We’ll see…

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About Charles Kirtley

Have been living in SE Asia and China since 2007. I have an opinion on most every subject, and don't mind sharing them. Lover and collector of worthless facts.
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