Cold snap brings rare snowfall to Guangzhou, Nanning in S. China

The southern city of Guangzhou saw rare sleet, the first in 60 years, in its downtown area.

“It’s the first time I see snow here. I got the news from WeChat, and then ask my classmates and friends to come here. ”

“It’s the first time I see snow in Guandong. I’m very happy. I come here with my parents and friends.”

On Sunday, snow also falls on Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

It’s uncommon for it’s located in subtropical area.

It hasn’t snowed for thirty years. Though the snow is not heavy, it attracted many visitors.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)Nanning citizen:
“I have never seen snow before. I haven’t seen snow since I was born. This morning I saw the white snow in WeChat. Now it melted. It’s a pity. But I am still excited.”

The cold coincided with the beginning of a 40-day travel rush for the Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 8 this year.

Highway sections in northeastern and southeastern Yunnan Province, where snow and sleet have made travel impossible, have been closed.

Airport authorities and airlines are struggling to divert about 11,000 passengers who have been stranded at the Kunming airport since Saturday.

Snow and sleet will last through Monday in Yunnan.

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