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By Teng Jing Xuan / Dec 07, 2018 12:12 PM / Society & Culture

Ningxia's Helan Mountains in the winter. Photo: VCG

Ningxia's Helan Mountains in the winter. Photo: VCG

An “economic dispute” between two thermal power companies in northern China’s Ningxia left 11 neighborhoods without heating this week for nearly 24 hours in sub-zero temperatures.

The local government has since rebuked the companies, which cut local heating supplies without permission, for their “bad behavior,” and demanded that they “resolve not to let a single household freeze,” according to Ningxia News, which didn’t specify what the dispute was.

Large parts of China are being hit by bitterly cold Arctic winds this week, with daytime temperatures in Beijing falling to -8 C. Residents of China’s Northeast, near Siberia, have taken to Weibo with GIFs of people slipping and falling on ice to describe “northeasterners’ everyday lives.” 

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