Rainy Season

During my trip within China from June 1 to June 20, I visited Maanshan, Nanjing, Wuxi, Ningbo, Putuoshan, Hangzhou, Xian, Huashan and Beijing. The weather was perfect the entire time, except in Hangzhou, where it rained. The rain ruined my visit and walk around the famous Hangzhou West Lake a little bit. 

When I was back at my parent’s home in Suzhou, the summer started officially. So did the Asian rainy season. 

The rainy season (Chinese: meiyu, literally plum rain) usually starts at the end of June and lasts a few weeks till July in Suzhou. 

Since last week, it has been raining almost every day. Today it was so humid the vinyl floor in my parent’s apartment sweats constantly. There is no use to mop it. It gets wet and slippery again right after I mop it. 

My parents live in an old apartment building that was built in the 1980’s. Unlike newer apartment buildings, there are no basements or underground parking space in those old buildings. Since they live on the ground floor, there is a lot of moisture during the June/July rainy season. 

My Dad fell on the floor while trying to get up from his lazy chair today. Luckily, he was OK, so far. We had to put some pieces of carpet on the floor. 

The current weather reminds me of the weather in Florida, hot and humid. We just don’t have sudden shower, but constant rain, all day long. It feels wet and sticky. 

The high humidity in the air during this season causes mold to grow. Crispy crunchy food like seeds and nuts get dull after they are opened from the original packages which doesn’t happen in northern China and US. 

Mother nature has been pretty good to Suzhou. There are no earthquakes, drought or flood, except the rainy season.