After what seemed like an eternity of cold gray days and nights, finally the first warm weekend welcomed residents in mid-March, 2012 here in Xi’an, China.
For four months, the temperature would vary slightly only between about -3C and +5C. The sun, when it did appear, was at best a faint yellow glow in the polluted sky.
So on the first warm Saturday night, following a 22C genuine sunny day, locals were out in droves at the South Gate of the Old Xi’an City wall. The atmosphere was alive with good cheer and relief that springtime had finally arrived.