Sunday, January 3, 2010

Heavy snow brings Beijing to standstill

HEAVY snow hit Beijing today, stranding thousands of passengers at the Chinese capital's main airport and casting an unusual quiet over normally busy streets as people stayed out of the freezing weather.

More than 80 per cent of flights at Beijing's Capital International Airport, the country's busiest, were cancelled or delayed, state television said, with only one of its three runways open.

Airports in the nearby cities of Tianjin, Hohhot and Shijiazhuang closed completely, the report added.

Most of the highways out of Beijing were closed too, with several centimetres (inches) of snow blanketing roads and temperatures expected to touch lows of -14 celsius.

Full story at

What was the point in putting the word inches in brackets after centimetres?

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