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Heavy snow brings Beijing to standstill

Reuters [1]
Sunday, January 3, 2010

BEIJING (Reuters) – Heavy snow hit Beijing on Sunday, stranding thousands of passengers at the main airport and casting an unusual quiet over normally busy streets as people stayed out of the freezing weather.

More than 90 percent of flights at Beijing’s Capital International Airport, the country’s busiest, were canceled or delayed, state television said, with only one of its three runways open.

Airports in the nearby cities of Tianjin, Hohhot and Dalian closed, the report added.



Many of the highways out of Beijing were shut, with several centimeters of snow blanketing roads and temperatures expected to touch lows of -16 Celsius (3.20F).

The last time northern China was hit by a spell of snow storms in November food prices spiked due to delivery difficulties, driving up inflation unexpectedly that month.

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