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China Exclusive: Life under cold snap


12:20, November 11, 2012

A citizen carrying luggage walks in the rain on Shengli Road of Yantai City, east China's Shandong Province, Nov. 10, 2012. A strong cold snap brought rainfall and wind to the coastal city, causing a fall in temperature. (Xinhua/Shen Jizhong)

BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- As rain fell on Beijing, a cold front began to sweep most part of northern China on Saturday, the third day of the ongoing 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

On the country's microblog sphere of tens of millions of users, the sudden cold rainfall, dropping temperature, and forecasted blizzards and high winds seem to have "disrupted" people's normal lives.

Microbloggers twittered their personal "struggles" right before the official winter kickoff in 2012.

"It's great to have a day off tomorrow, but sadly it's going to be cold ," posted Sina Weibo user "Miaojiang_WM" complaining a disrupted weekend.

Another user "Yellow Xiaomin" was not even ready for the pending cold snap, "The temperature is dropping! I haven't found my clothes. Come out, my fancy coats. I don't like playing hide-and-seek."

On Sina Weibo, the country's most popular twitter-like service, the cold snap topped the most-discussed topic list.

Others on the list included what the happiest job is, the wedding of a Chinese diving legend with the son of a Hongkong tycoon, and a foreign football player who failed to win the MVP title in China's soccer league.

The front pages of major Chinese newspapers on Saturday focused on the CPC Congress. They reported the panel discussions of delegations, which top Party leaders attended.

The CPC Congress will continue to dominate their Sunday front pages.

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