Heat Wave in China: ‘High Temperature Oven Mode Unlocked’

An elderly Chinese man wipes his face with water from a fountain.

An elderly Chinese man wipes his face with water from a fountain.

Below are the top 5 most popular Sina Weibo microblog posts under the trending topic “High Temperature Oven Mode Begins/Unlocked, with over 220k reshares/forwards and 44k comments combined at time of translation…

From Sina Weibo:

@终南山贼: Today I saw a mean comment, don’t know where from: “Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanghai friends, the central heating you guys were begging for 8 months ago has finally been implemented.”

[Note: Central heating refers to city-wide heating that is found in cities in Northern China like in Beijing.]

From Sina Weibo:

@切腹菌: Entire City Heated to Death premiers with great fanfare in cities throughout the entire country.

A lot of Chinese people in a wave pool at a water park in Sichuan, China.

From Sina Weibo:

@同学你该吃药了: Want to know how an electric fan can have the same effect as an air conditioner? Prepare some toothpaste, spread it over the fins of the fan, then spray a bit of water on them, and this way the air that the fan blows will have the feeling of being -10 degrees. I’ve personally tested this, it’s a technique that one must know during summary, so go ahead and try it.

From Sina Weibo:

@新浪视频: It’s hot! It’s really hot! Shanghai People’s Square Has Become Teppanyaki! Pork Belly [Bacon] 80% Cooked Within 10 Minutes: The highest temperature measured in Shanghai today was 39.1 degrees [Celsius]. At around 1 o’clock in the afternoon, this reporter performed an experiment at People’s Square: Placed a piece of pork belly [streaky pork] on the marble ground, and 30 seconds later the side that was on the ground had already changed color, with the whole thing about 80% done after 10 minutes. http://t.cn/zQivmHl #The Only Difference Between BBQ Meat and Me is Some Cumin# This is definitely not a rumor, dear! [非常汗]

A piece of pork belly being cooked on the ground of Shanghai's People's Square during a record heatwave.

studFrom Sina Weibo:

@超高校级的端洋气_寒宝: A medical school student told me that he finally understands what is “a life worse than death”… that being, when the morgue has air conditioning while his dorm doesn’t.

Map of record highest recorded temperatures in mainland China in 2013 July.

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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