It’s amazing how people react to a typhoon coming to China compared to how they react in the USA. Typhoon Conson is coming to China today. It’s interesting how people are reacting here compared to how they react to a hurricane in the U.S.

The first time I head about typhoon Conson was in a story in the Thursday’s Shenzhen Daily about the damage it did in the Philippines. Buried in the story was a single line about it heading for Shenzhen. Compare that to the breathless coverage in the U.S. press of tropical depressions forming off the coast of Africa and followed daily for weeks as they cross the Atlantic.

When a hurricane is a few days from making land fall in the U.S. the grocery stores are emptied of bottled water and canned foods. The ATMs are emptied, gas stations have lines of cars trying to fill up. Generator sales go through the roof. Schools, government offices and stores are closed. In Shenzhen I didn’t notice any unusual activity yesterday.

Someone in my building advised me to close my windows when I go out. This seems to be the standard way of preparing for the arrival of Conson.

The Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA and other organizations go into full alert, preparing for the worst when a hurricane approaches the USA. Shenzhen has no such organizations. The TV had a small yellow warning sign in the upper right corner of the screen. That seems to be the extent of warning and preparation.


It turned out that Typhoon Conson landed a little south of Shenzhen. We got some wind, rain, and lightening, but not its full force. Today the streets are filled with people going about their business as usual. The only difference I can see is there are more umbrellas than usual. It is raining and blowing now. I think I’ll go out for lunch.