In late summer and early autumn, when the winds pick up in Xiamen, when the sky becomes covered in clouds, when the rains begin to fall heavy you know what’s coming: a typhoon.
I laid in my bed with the windows wide open last night, letting the winds tear through my apartment. Typhoon Trami made landfall at 2:40 AM in Fujian province, just to the north of Xiamen, bringing 125 km/h winds. But by the time I awoke there was nothing but a breeze and some cloud cover.
The boats are all tied up in the harbors and the coastal areas have been cleared. The weather maps show a big white spiral completely covering the sky, but this doom and gloom is hardly evident on the ground in Xiamen.
China is experiencing big doses of extreme and contradictory weather right now. There is massive flooding in Qinghai and Heilongjiang in the north as well as in Guangdong in the far south, while a severe drought continues in Jiangxi in the middle. Meanwhile, typhoons are hitting the east coast.