Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tropical rain

Even though it's the "dry" season, we had several thunderstorms in
Xishuangbanna. The kind of magnitude seen only during hurricanes.

During one morning downpour in Jinghong, the steet in front of our
hotel became a small river. It even hailed! Hail in the tropics?!

Later in the day, we passed by a government office for "Hail
Prevention." We guess that the local cash crops - tea, rubber, and
bananas - must regularly be damaged by hail.

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