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Tourists flock to southwestern Yunnan to avoid heat waves

Visitors take sightseeing mini trains to enjoy lotus flowers at Longde Lake in Jinghong City of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, July 2, 2022.Photo:Xinhua

With scorching heat waves returning to China, many tourists are rushing to Southwest China’s Yunnan Province to keep cool, with travel platform data showing that bookings for air tickets in July surged by nearly 100 percent month-on-month.

The country’s national observatory on Sunday continued to issue an orange alert for high temperatures as intense heat linger in many regions of the country. 

During daylight hours on Monday, temperatures in some regions of northwestern Xinjiang and eastern Zhejiang and Fujian provinces could surpass 40 degrees Celsius, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.

Fu Jiaolan, chief weather forecaster at the NMC, forecast that extreme hot weather would persist for about seven to nine days in regions including…

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