How internet reacted to Beijing rains

By Song Wei(chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2016-07-21 12:59:30

A taxi and pedestrians make their way in a flooded street in Beijing, July 20, 2016. [Photo/VCG]

Amid the heavy downpour, internet users see the lighter side. After the torrential rains pounded much of southern China over the past month, flooding streets and claiming over 160 lives, now it seems that the downpour has moved northwards.

Beijing on Wednesday issued an orange alert, the second-highest level under China's four-tier warning system, as rains lashed the capital.

When faced with potentially dangerous weather, some have the ability to see the lighter side. The young especially never seem to hesitate to share their thoughts online. Reactions mocking the whole weather situation went viral as soon as the rain started.

"I once genuinely thought that once I have a house and a car in Beijing, life could not be better. But the reality has told me that I need at least one more thing - a boat..." An internet user wrote.

"I went to the Beijing Zoo today, but sadly only saw the giraffe," another mocked.

People walk past a flooded underground passage in Beijing, July 20, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Besides, light-hearted stories are also flooding the Internet. Let's enjoy three of them.
 

A three-and-a half-hour wait for a take-away

Food couriers ride electric bikes to dispatch orders during heavy rains in Beijing on July 20, 2016. [Photo/VCG]

When heavy rains arrive, even daily routines as simple as having meal could be a problem. A media worker surnamed Hu in Beijing said he had to wait for three and a half hours for a take-away food and was finally told that his order was canceled.

"The courier told me they already had more than 20 orders pending before mine and all the delivery guys were stuck in flood water."

Some couriers, like the one below, took an usual route - overpass - in order to steer clear of floods.

A Porsche's destiny

A Porsche parked in an inundated street in Beijing, July 20, 2016. [Photo/Sina Weibo]

One poor Porsche ended up in the water for more than three hours. The "optimistic" owner said that he didn't want to bother calling for a tow truck, adding that "The car is already ruined no matter what I do." Hope the owner could get some money from insurance.

Kind-hearted man lends a helping hand

A man helps to throw fish back into a river under heavy rains in Beijing, July 20, 2016. [Photo/IC]

A kind-hearted man could not help but offer a helping hand to some little creatures who have been washed to the sidewalks along Tonghui River under downpours in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon.

Sun said he was just one of the people who helped the little fish back to the river. "Fish also have lives; I just saved as many as I could," Sun said.

Beijing was hit by some of the heaviest rainfall seen in years on Wednesday, and the city's meteorological station forecast that the rain would continue until Thursday afternoon. So before the rain hits again, don't forget to lock the doors and windows of your car.

An anonymous passer-by pasted papers on an open car window in Beijing on Wednesday. A line on the paper reminds the "forgetful" driver says "Don't forget to close the window." [Photo/Sina Weibo]

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