Add to this the fact that they don't have running hot water in their rooms -- they have to carry hot water from the dining hall in large vacuum flasks up many flights of stairs. All in all, a situation that few North American kids would put up with.
Oh, and the laundry. There are no dryers, so we dry our clothes indoors or outdoors. Clotheslines are strung up overhead in the dormitory bathroom and we can also hang our sheets up outside. Ross amazed and impressed the folks around here by going around in short sleeved shirts in November while the Chinese were bundled up in sweaters and winter coats. My winter coat is in Canada so I've been managing with layers, sweaters and mufflers. It's still not as cold as Canada and there's been no snow.
Best thing about winter in Zibo -- we're further south than our hometown in Canada, so we get an extra hour of sunlight every day! It's made a difference!
Ross noticed these roses in November in front of the city archives building It's a big building but consider that people have lived in this area for 5,000 years. Below, the hard-working army of maintenance workers rake leaves and prune the ornamental trees.