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Snow brings smiles to the chilly north

(China Daily)

08:36, December 24, 2012

Women in skimpy Christmas costumes brave the elements to play soccer at Beiling Park in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on Saturday. (China Daily/Tian Weitao)

Steve Biko Okong'o took a shortcut to walk quickly to the dinning hall in Shenyang's China Medical University with his hands in the pockets of his dark brown leather jacket on Sunday. It was -28 C and the whole city was coated with snow and ice.

The 23-year-old junior, a beneficiary of the Sino-Kenya educational cooperation project, has studied clinical medicine in China for three years and is becoming accustomed to the freezing winter in Northeast China.

"Everything is fine if the central heating is good and I can finish my course as scheduled. In fact, I can even find fun in this," said the young man with the big smile while blowing on his hands to keep warm.

Northeast China appears rather calm and even joyful in the face of the ongoing cold front.

Okong'o's classmate, Wang Hao from Baishan city in Jilin province, said he will return home after his exams and help his parents with the family business. His family operates a restaurant at the foot of Changbai Mountain, the highest point in Northeast China and one of the most popular tourism destinations in the country.

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