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Beijing decides not to supply heat early this year

Beijing Times, October 27th, 2010

With the daily lowest temperature barely hovering above freezing point, winter seems come to Beijing earlier this year. Here at Danwei's headquarter, your correspondent has put on a feather jacket to fortify against the biting chill, huddling over the only non-human heat source in the office - a laptop.

According to Beijing Times, responsible authorities in Beijing conferred yesterday and decided that Beijing would not switch heat on before November 5th, citing that the average temperature in the next five days is unlikely to drop below 10 °C. The current policy dictates that the heat will be turned on only when the average temperature in five consecutive days drops below 5 °C.

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Does the decision about heating in Beijing mean that all managers of buildings with central heat are not permitted to turn on the heat? Does it apply to privately-owned buildings such as apartments or offices?

It just refers to city-controlled central heating: privately owned buildings (and some state-owned buildings such as the diplomatic apartments) can do what they want.

Why can't people just, I dunno, turn it on themselves maybe? What's wrong with people using it like they use electricity? - They turn it on when they want it on, turn it off when they don't need it because it's too stuffy or they are at work, then they pay for it with their electric and water bill?
It would certainly be less wasteful than forcing the entire city to have heating on 24/7 for 4 months.

And why has every flat I've lived in had the dials on the radiator removed, so that when it gets unbearable and stuffy I end up opening the window in the middle of December rather than just adjusting the heat myself?

Ah, Beijing memories. minus 10 outside and windows wide open.

Haven't being back to China during the winter for 15 years, back then there NO heating what so-ever, we just light a coal fire in the house and cook some yam on it while we're at it. (it can also be used to cook dumpling or other water boiling related food. In the countryside, it is under the bed, so you are literally sleeping over the fire.)

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