Catherine, French (2004) : “When I lived in Nanjing, in the south of the Yangtze, the heating was never turned on at the university. When I arrived in the classroom in the morning, the windows were wide open, fresh air was needed. I hastened to shut them down, the rule being that the heating was only turned on during official visits. No heating in the houses either. We, as foreigners, lived in a privileged place so we had the reverse air conditioning heating, but that was not the case for students and it was very cold in their dorms too.
In the classrooms, the students were wearing their coats, mittens and hats. I came with my thermos of tea, I was frozen. They once said to me, 'Should we go to the library?'
- Is it heated?
- No, but there are a lot of us, so it's warmer!”