Beijing citizens endured 107 days without precipitation, the third longest on record. Some people looked up and rejoiced at the fluffy white gifts from Heaven falling to Earth; others thought the delayed Beijing snow reflected the failing political climate.
The snow fell on the first working day after the Chinese New Year holiday. Being starved of snow for so long led people to ponder the significance of the extended wait. Everybody had their own interpretation. Some felt the snow set new scenery for a new story. Others felt that trudging through the snow is akin to trudging through life. The artistically minded saw the snow covering the city landscape as a beautiful, desolate scene. Some grieved over the sad circumstances of those who are pushing through snow for miles to get to work. And finally, there are those who saw the snow as foreshadowing massive tragedies yet to come.