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April 2nd, 2015:

Sign of spring: outdoor fruit stalls

The weather has been warming up – lows have been above freezing, and highs into the 50s, for the last few weeks.

The city-wide centralized heating systems were turned off the other day, which means that the air quality has been improving. Less burning of dirty coal = less air pollution.

It looks like I have survived my first Shenyang winter.

The fruit stalls that were operating inside have moved outdoors. You can get good fruit at pretty good prices – at least 50% less than in the U.S. I bought some oranges today, plus some carrots and peppers for lunch tomorrow, and lemons for hummus. Total cost was about $5.