Northernmost Chinese city first to welcome winter

Rivers in Mohe city, northeast China's Helongjiang Province, have entered the annual ice drift season as temperatures plunge to minus 10 degrees Celsius. Some of them are already frozen with ice measuring up to five centimeters thick, while others float with "trash ice" – broken mixed with water. Although it's another 20 days to the "beginning of winter" –  traditionally the 19th Chinese solar system – the city has already "dressed" for the winter season. This year's ice drift season came a week earlier than last year's.

Meanwhile, in Benxi city in northeast China's Liaoning Province, to the south of Heilongjiang Province, a cold snap has just painted the maple leaves into red, yellow and green. The multi-color leaves have turned the mountain into a land of wonder.

(Cover image via VCG)

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