Unbelievable. Incredible. Amazing.
There is snow on the Yang-Ming-Shan mountains! Not just on the tops, but all over. A light dusting. Very light. But it’s snow all the same! And it’s visible from all over this area. And just visible in my photos, taken this morning.
We’re having the coldest temps in Taipei for over 40 years. 4ºC. Currently my phone is telling me it’s 3ºC, so maybe it’ll get even lower overnight.
It’s cold cold cold, very very cold. Most people, including me, have no heating in their houses. This is a sub-tropical country, and summer heat is our main concern. Not snow. But today it’s freezing. We’re all wrapped up like we live in Antarctica. But there’s a certain excitement in the air as tons of people head up to Yang-Ming-Shan to see the snow.
This morning I met a baby snowman. On the bonnet of a car. He was born in Yang-Ming-Shan this morning, and is now living down here in Sanzhi. Proof that there is enough snow up there to make a snowman ~ and that it’s cold enough down here to keep him alive!
America is having a super snowfall as I write. Falling by the metre and grounding all transportation and normal life. Meanwhile, we’re having our own little snow event here in Taiwan.
This being Taiwan, some things never change, not even in near-freezing temps and with snow falling all over. I’ve counted 10-20 people today dressed up for winter in big coats, hats and gloves, and yet walking around and driving their motorcycles in flip-flops, with no socks.
Yep, unbelievable, incredible, amazing ~ 4ºC and NO SOCKS!!