So hot the soles of my shoes melted: Surviving a heatwave in China's hottest city

ST China correspondent Danson Cheong had to buy a pair of new shoes in Chongqing for 53 yuan (S$11) - after extreme heat melted the soles of his shoes. ST PHOTOS: DANSON CHEONG
A man rests at a subway station to keep cool and avoid scorching outdoor temperatures in Chongqing, on Aug 24, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
People play cards at a subway station as they keep cool and avoid scorching outdoor temperatures in Chongqing on Aug 24, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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CHONGQING - In the alleyways of Chongqing these days there is one constant - the roar of air-conditioning compressors and the steady dripping of condensation.

In front of Madam Wen's stall, there are 35 of these machines just on one side of the street alone, making a big din as they keep people cool.

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