How to beat the summer heat in Shanghai without an air conditioner

Shanghai has entered its hottest days. In some old neighborhoods, many citizens still live without air-conditioners. Shine photographer Jiang Xiaowei captured the summer life.


Temperatures in Shanghai touched 38 degrees on July 12th, the first day of Sanfu period. The Sanfu period, the hottest days of summer in the Chinese lunar calendar, usually lasts for 40 days. 

Many citizens living in the old communities don’t have air-conditioners. Shine photographer Jiang Xiaowei took some street shots of summer life in the residential areas close to Yuyuan Garden.


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A man carries a folding bed back home after taking a nap outdoors in the afternoon.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A girl heads to the swimming pool with an inflatable life buoy and a bag full of fruits.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A woman enjoys cool air at the entrance of an apparel shop while waiting for a bus.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Children play games as elders cool themselves at the Xiaonanmen Station on Metro Line 9.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A young man buys a basket of watermelon.

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An old man tries to get his electric fan working at the entrance of a Metro station.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Construction workers take a break from work under a shade.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A man wearing shorts walks around as residents put out their laundry out to dry. 

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Elders play Chinese chess at a street corner.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Senior citizens play Mahjong under big umbrellas.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A woman walks into a public bathroom. Public bathrooms still enjoy good business in some old neighborhoods as traditional apartments usually don't have private bathrooms.



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