In Heat

After finishing up our marriage paperwork, we spent nearly the rest of our stay in Wuhan out in its famously oppressive summer heat.  Along with Nanjing and Chongqing, Wuhan is known as one of the “Three Furnaces” of China, and it’s a reputation that is well deserved.

Wicked Witch of the East? No, just a Wuhan parking attendant, which, for the record, has to be one of the worst summer jobs in Wuhan. No matter how you dress you are fighting a losing battle.

It is common for women (and even some men) to use umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun. Here Tian and her friend Wang Jing share one.

We made a stop by Tian's college dorm (the yellow building), which will soon be demolished. Not a moment too soon, according to Tian. She said it still looks as run down as when she lived there.



  1. Tian, how do you manage to look so cool, in spite of heat. It has been “hot” here too and I’m a total grump!

  2. There is a fourth furnace of China (or so I’ve heard) and it’s Nanchang, Jiangxi. Has Wuhan’s combination of rivers and plains. Hot and humid. We were in Nanchang for 12 days in the early 90’s and I had never been somewhere it was both raining and boiling hot at all hours of the day. When we were there this March it was delightfully cool and dry enough for people in the park to do big brush calligraphy on the sidewalk. I was in Wuhan for about a week in ’95 and it was boiling hot.

  3. I also have heard that there are now four furnaces from different people here. However, others say there are still only three. Perhaps they should name more! I’m sure there are plenty of hot places in China. Beijing has been comfortable this year overall. You have done a lot of traveling in China. I wonder how much things have changed since your first trips.

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