Jul 18, 2007

Beijing weather websites

Some of my friends and family in the US enjoy looking at the local newspaper to see what the weather is like in Beijing. Unfortunately, the local newspaper is not very globally-oriented. Their specialty is the local news, so they tend to just print any random temperatures for Beijing. From what I've heard, they've been continuously printing that Beijing's weather has been 100 degrees Fahrenheit since the start of June this year. They print the same temperature for every day. I can totally understand the newspaper's laziness. People living several thousand miles away in America probably don't need an accurate weather forecast for Beijing.

So, if you do want an accurate weather forecast for Beijing, I'd recommend these two sites:

Site one: Sina weather
Site two: tq121.com.cn

If you're one of those people that can't be bothered to understand Celsius, check out this Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion chart.

The weather sites are in Chinese, but the important information is in numerical and picture format. The Sina weather page gives a little more information, such as basic air quality, UV strength, recommendations on what clothes you should wear that day, and whether it's a good day to wash your car. This information is in Chinese only, but you can get the gist of it if you run in through the Babelfish translator.

Here's some links to automatically translated versions of the Sina weather site:
Based on the poor jobs that both Babelfish and Google do of creating a readable translation, it looks to me like professional translators and interpreters still have quite a few years to go before they are put out of a job by computers.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my advice for your stay in China; do not buy Chinese food and drinks, do all your grocery in import stores. Over ninety percent of all the Chinese water resources are highly polluted, and seventy percent of all the Chinese livestocks has been infected with disease and feed with highly toxic additives. Therefore to cut the high input costs of finding edible meat, quite a few major meat processors in China have resorted to supply and pass dead human meat as livestocks meat to feed the Chinese people. And to make things even more exciting, the Chinese government actually support such a large scale of food poisoning, even though it reports to the international media its concern for standard quality of goods. Food poisoning kills brain cells and thus decreases Chinese people's critical thinking ability; this all the more reason why Chinese government supports food poisoning to keep Chinese people stupid enough to give in to the Chinese government and let the Chinese government keep its trillion dollar or Euro wealth and power over a billion highly malnourised Chinese people...
I do not say this because I am a racist, I say this because this is actually what is happening in China.
Again please do not take my statement as an insult to China or the Chinese people. There are good and bad people in every nation and in every ethic group. But problems in China have recently amounted to such a monumental scale that I must warn any foreigners in China. Please pass my advice to your other foreigners friends in China for your and your friends' health.

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