Summer heatwave? We've got it licked!

It's a scorching summer, but residents in Jing'an find fun.
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Popular characters, made by paper or animal skins, are arranged and ready for performance during the annual Piyingxi Festival in Jing’an. Shows of traditional puppetry are held in parks and residential lanes

IT’S been a record hot summer, with people turning to both traditional and modern ways to beat the heat — and many of them are fun.

Melon is no doubt the star fruit of the season. A new vanilla-flavored melon from Bachu County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwestern China got its first local taste test from Jing’an residents in the Baoshan Road Community.

When the sun sets in summer, families and neighbors have long congregated outside to take in the chance of an evening breeze. They sit in chairs along lanes and in parks, chatting and often playing cards.

Free outdoor movies are screened every weekend in a district park.

For the second consecutive year, the Jing’ansi Community invited renowned shadow play (piyingxi) troupes from Anhui and Zhejiang provinces to stage popular stories with shadow puppets, including “Battle between Monkey King and Bull Demon King” and “Turtle and Crane.”

Daning Music Plaza offers evening concerts, ranging from symphony classics to movie and pop songs.

To escape daytime heat, many senior citizens go to teahouses to listen to pingtan, traditional storytelling and ballad singing in the Suzhou dialect.

Children can always find fun by themselves. The Youth Science and Technology Center in the Caojiadu community encourages the young to use their minds and come up with their own inventions.

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Residents taste vanilla-flavored melon from Xinjiang.

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Children show off the lights they have made at the Youth Science and Technology Center in the Caojiadu community.

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Nearly 20 Grammy award-winning songs were performed at one of a series of free outdoor concerts at the Daning Music Plaza. 

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Seniors enjoy pingtan, Suzhou-style singing and storytelling at the new cultural center in Jing’an. 

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A boy cools off in a water fountain in the square at the Kerry Center. 

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