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Shanghai locals declare war on heat

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 01:02

July 22 - Around 100 people use their water guns and buckets to fight one another and the heat in Shanghai's People's Square. Elly Park reports.

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The heat is on at People's Square in Shanghai. The mercury is hitting nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37 degrees Celsius. And in a city of 23 million, cooling down is a collective effort as locals here engage in the city's second water war. Although billed as a "war" there seems to be no rule for winning or losing. And getting hit by your opponent seems to be desirable. SOUNDBITE: Hong Kong Resident, Carmen Qin, saying (Mandarin): "It's really interesting and I feel very cool here. It's pretty hot in Shanghai these days. After coming here, I feel very cool and comfortable. I can let off steam here." And when water pistols aren't effective enough to let off the steam, there is always the bucket bomb. The smoldering heat wave in Shanghai is expected to continue this week so this war might turn into a running battle.

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Shanghai locals declare war on heat

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 01:02