As the Northern Hemisphere descends into the depths of winter, many of us are really dreading the chill, and some areas are feeling it already. However, this is nothing compared with the freezing temperatures in the coldest places in China.
Just reading about the annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin gave me a real sense of the sub-zero realm.
But if you check out these other coldest places in China, they might just give you a whole new perspective on the real meaning of cold!
5 coldest places in China
1. Ituri River, Inner Mongolia
The lowest recorded temperature here was -62°F (-52.2°C)!
The township is located in the city of Yakeshi in Hulunbuir at around 2,400 feet above sea level.
It has an average temperature of about -24°F (-31.1°C), and mornings are even colder with a thick fog hanging over the area.
2. Genhe, Inner Mongolia
Just one degree behind No. 1 with the lowest ever temperature of -61°F (-51.7°C) is Genhe, which is also in Hulunbuir.
Genhe sits at an elevation of about 1,700 feet and has the country’s greatest difference between nighttime and daytime temperatures.
The biggest range was on June 13, 2004, when it was 25°F (-3.9°C) at 6 a.m., but had jumped to 88°F (31.1°C) by 2 p.m.
3. Mohe, Heilongjiang
On Feb. 13, 1962, the mercury plummeted to a bone-chilling -62.1°F (-52.3°C).
Situated in the north-eastern Heilongjiang Province at around 1,400 feet, Mohe is the northernmost county in the People’s Republic of China. Beiji Village or the “Arctic Village” is located on the Russian border, and the Northern Lights can sometimes be seen here.
In January, the average temperature is around -23°F (-30.6°C). This area also experiences extreme temperatures, with the highest recorded at about 103°Fahrenheit (39.4°C)!
4. Huma, Heilongjiang
Adjoining Mohe is Huma county where the average January temperature is -18°F (-27.8°C), and it can sometimes get up to -4°F (-20°C). So winters here are long and cold!
5. Fuyun, Xinjiang
The lowest recorded temperature here was -58°F (-50°C).