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How do int’l students feel about this bitter winter in China?

(People's Daily Online)

08:30, January 05, 2013

A building is seen between two trees which are glazed with rime at Riverside Park in Jilin City, northeast China's Jilin Province, Dec. 5, 2012. (Xinhua)

Jilin province recently suffered the most intense cold snap since the coming of winter, with the lowest temperature reaching minus 30 degrees Celsius. The reporter interviewed some international students studying in universities in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin, to see how they were spending the bitter winter in China.

"Before coming to China, I do not know what is called “Qiuku” (a kind of long knitted underpants that can keep warm), and I haven’t seen any heating before, not to mention the down jacket. I only see people wearing the down jacket on TV, because it is summer all the year round in my country," said Lit (nickname), an international student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo studying at Northeast Normal University. He said so while rubbing his own hands to make them warm. He came to Changchun in 2010, and it is obvious that he has not adapted to such a cold winter. He put his own photo that was taken in winter on the social networking site. In the photo, he is wearing thick clothes rolling in the snow. Below the photo, visitors left many comments.

Jenny (nickname) is from Bulgaria, and she is studying Chinese Language Education at Northeast Normal University. She came to China seven years ago. She said, "I am not afraid of the cold here, since I’m accustomed to it. When I was in Eastern Europe, I sometimes experienced such cold winter just as here in China," She added, "In Eastern Europe and Russia, some girls even wear short skirts with stockings at such low temperature!"

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