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Oddly Enough

China police stop student trying to ski home

BEIJING (Reuters) - As unusually cold weather blankets much of central and southern China in snow and closes roads, one student had a bright idea about how to get home for the Lunar New Year holiday -- he would ski.

The university student from Jingzhou in the central province of Hubei wanted to get back to his home city of Wuhan, 200 km (124 miles) to the east, the Changjiang Daily said.

“Who knew that the highways would have been closed by snow and that there would be no buses?” it said.

“So he had a fantastic idea. He hired or borrowed some ski poles, skis and the rest of the equipment, bought some snow gear, packed some water and snacks and got on the highway,” said the report, carried on Web site www.sina.com.cn.

But he was spotted by police, who picked him up and took him to a bus station, the newspaper added, without providing details.

It did not say if the student finally got home, since many roads and railways in the province have been cut off and thousands delayed or stranded.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie and Katie Nguyen

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