Thursday, November 12, 2009

Travel Warning.

Today we are off yet again on a short holiday, before I get to spend a week in Shanghai for work, and Tina just receives the following travel notice:


Heavy snow has resulted in extensive air travel disruptions and highway closures in northern China, especially in the capital of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei, Shanxi, Ningxia and Xinjiang provinces, since late Nov. 9. Meteorologists expect the snow to continue at least through Nov. 12.

Snow forced authorities to close all highways in Shanxi Province . Sections of roads and highways in the national capital region and Hebei Province are also closed. The snow has also caused flight diversions, cancellations and delays at regional airports, including Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and Yinchuan Hedong Airport (INC) in Ningxia Province . On Nov. 10, authorities shut down the Taiyuan Wusu Airport (TYN) airport in Shanxi Province due to ice on the runway.


Confirm all flights and prepare for delays and cancellations. Delayed flights due to backlogs are possible even when conditions improve. Companies that rely on air and ground transport in the affected regions should prepare for possible supply chain disruptions. Widespread power outages and telecommunications disruptions could also occur.

Interesting - don't travel to the north. That's exactly where we are headed, up to the north eastern corner of China. We will spend the weekend in the near-freezing temperatures of the heavily Russian influenced town of Harbin. Sounds like we may get some snow, but that's okay because we packed our hats.

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