A water park in Chongqing was packed with droves of people on Sunday, who tried to escape the recent heatwave by squeezing their way into one hellishly crowded swimming pool.
On that day, the Chongqing Meterological Bureau had issued an orange alert for heat for the fourth consecutive day, with the temperature climbing up to 40 degrees Celsius. Images of the cramped swimmers have spread online with netizens describing the scene yet again as “placing dumplings into boiling water.”
Same thing in Nanjing:
Well, at least it doesn’t look quite as cramped as that Sichuan pool-ocalypse back in 2011.
Still, netizens on Weibo questioned why anyone would want to put themselves through that, even in this sweltering heat.
“Just one question: How unhygienic is that pool with people rushing into it whenever the weather is too hot? I image the pool must be absolutely disgusting and I would defintely never go in there!” one netizen wrote.
“I can never fathom why people prefer a swimming pool to an air-conditioner. Just turn on the air-conditioner and stay home,” another recommended.
“Well, it reminds me of a famous saying: ‘If you can’t stand the heat, then stay out of the kitchen.’ In this case, I would say: ‘If you can’t stand the dirty water and people, then just get out of the swimming pool,'” another web user wrote.
We would be curious to know what exactly the chlorine to piss ratio is for this pool.
Anyway, with each passing day, the heat seems to get more and more unbearable. Apart from going to the pool, some locals have discovered different ways of staying cool — like heading to the nearest IKEA.
Or protecting their face from the sun’s harmful ways.
Still, as with most things, it seems that pandas have the best ideas:
By Katie Ngai
[Images via NetEase]