Snow Snow Snow

It snowed in Shanghai all day on Dec. 31st of last year. I didn’t take any pictures, but I did add this cool new Flash banner for the main blog page (with help from Joel and Kirupa). It’s even interactive. Drag your mouse cursor over it. (And yes, I do derive joy from meaningless Flash accomplishments.)

I heard a Chinese person describe the snow we had as “heavy snow.” I may be from Florida, but even I had to scoff at that. Still, there was a decent layer of snow over everything, and the sidewalks were all iced over. I’ve seen quite a few people slip and fall on the ice in the past few days. The grounds crew of our apartment complex was trying to de-ice the walkways by beating the ice with shovels until it broke, and then sweeping it away with brooms. Primitive, but effective.

My camera is broken. If you want Shanghai snow pictures, there are plenty out there on: Shanghai Streets, Shanghai Diaries, Edward’s Photography Life, Make a Wish, Bingfeng Tea House, China Herald, and


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. your technical facility always astounds me.

  2. Nationwide cold damn winter unprecedentedly turned up in subtropical China!My toes numb with the chillness.
    Stay warm in SH.

  3. I don’t think I have any sympathy (the six inches of snow that feel two weeks ago are now just solid, unbreakable sheets of ice that cover everything), but I do think that Shanghai (from the pictures) looks mighty pretty with a nice layer of white.

    And for southern China I think that what you guys got qualifies as “heavy.” I mean, where we’re from a snowflake that manages to make it within ten feet of the ground without melting is a blizzard…

  4. Da Xiangchang Says: January 3, 2005 at 7:30 am

    Hey, the falling-snowflakes graphics are pretty cool. Someday, I’ll have my own cool website . . . someday . . . ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. get your camera fixed!! the others’ pictures are quite nice, but everyone sees — and consequently presents — things a little differently. i want my brother’s view! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    nice job w/ the snow graphics — very cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Forget getting the camera fixed. Get a new one for the same price as fixing the old one. That’s today’s market – digital cameras are very mainstream – Shaun was telling me at dinner that he saw a 7 megapixel Sony camera for $3XX.

    Let me tell you how much I paid for my FIRST digital camera back in ’98. It was a Sony Mavica that shot JPEG photos and web-ready MPEG video, writing (slowly) to floppy disc and was 1.0 megapixel – it cost $699.00.

    But I’d stick to Fujifilm Super CCD – the colors are very vivid, much more than Sony. Casio has the market on lock right now for point and shoots with their 4 and 5 megapixel cameras with 2.5″ screens (like my Sony 5 mega W1).

  7. Anonymous Says: January 4, 2005 at 12:45 am

    Da xiangchang, is your birthday coming up? What is your birthday wish?

  8. รรยตร„ Says: January 4, 2005 at 10:21 am

    I got stuck in an ice storm somewhere near Nanjing that day. Being in China for the first time, I’m basically walking around stunned for various reasons. I guess I’ll have a lot of material to restart my blog with when I get back to the States.

  9. I just returned home yesterday after spending a couple of weeks in the USA. I forgot how cold it is here, I nearly froze last night. And when I got to work, my colleagues told me about the snow they got, all one or two inches of it. It reminded me of the time (when I was in the military) stationed in El Paso and it snowed that year. They must have gotten a half inch or so. The town closed shop for three days. If you do not have the snow removal equipment, it is hard. But then, I did live in Washington State and they did not remove the snow either, just let the drivers do that, Oregon was much better.

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