In recent days the south of China has been battered by the most torrential rainstorms seen for six years, to the extent that residents in Shenzhen have been taking to the inundated streets to go fishing. In the newly constructed Nanshan district, carp presumed to have escaped from nearby fish farms swam freely along the streets of Shenzhen, their brief taste of freedom abruptly ended as they frolicked past Shenzhen University’s west gate and hungry students snatched them up with their bar hands.
Meanwhile in Qingdao, people have a new reason to appreciate their colonial legacy besides the beer. Thanks largely to the drainage system built by the Germans over a century ago, Qingdao survived the 2012 storms throughout north China without any casualties or flooded, and has been hailed by media as “China’s most flood-proof city“. To give credit where it’s due, though, netizens have also pointed out that areas of Beijing served by Ming- and Qing-era drains also resisted flooding at the time. Also, in China’s defense, they built some freakishly indestructible bridges in the Republican era.
Previously on Shanghaiist: 800 ‘captive’ fish ceremonially released into river, captured by nets downstream
By Ryan Kilpatrick