Frozen sea surface at the Beitang port in North China’s Tianjin municipality. Photo: Xinhua

1,000 Chinese ships are frozen in a thick layer of sea ice on Laizhou Bay in China’s Shandong province trapped by an extreme cold snap that has gripped China since November.

A worker tries to break ice blocks on the Fenhe River in Taiyuan, north China’s Shanxi Province. photo: Xinhua/Zhan Yan

Frozen sea surface off the coast of Lianyungang, East China’s Jiangsu province. photo: Xinhua

Temperatures in China are the lowest in 28 years – Beijing has temps as low as -14 C to -16 C  and in Inner Mongolia, north of Beijing, the temperature has dropped to mind-boggling -40 C with 20 inches (50 cm) of snow in areas.

Tourists visit an ice-covered beach in Dalian, Northeast China’s Liaoning province. photo: Xinhua

The sea ice is about 112.36 mi² (291 km²) and continuing to expand, say meteorologists with State Oceanic Administration. The ice is the worst the area has experienced in three years. Coastal police have warned that the ice could damage vessels passing through deeper sea areas near the Bohai and Yellow seas.

source: Xinhua

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

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