December 1995: Guangzhou, China.
I had no idea how cold China’s winters can be although I had been forewarned. Clad inappropriately and inadequately in a long-sleeved cotton T-shirt, jeans and a corduroy jacket, I arrived at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on the southern slope of Yuexiu Hill. An imposing bronze statue of Dr Sun Yat-sen stood sentinel on the well-kept lawn.
I paid scant attention to the tour guide’s drone as I stood, teeth chattering, under the steely gaze of Dr Sun. The cold seeped right through the rubber soles of my footwear, into my thin cotton socks, and entered my bones. My head throbbed as body heat dissipated through my skull, causing my extremities to freeze. Lesson learnt.
December 2013: Shanghai, China
These days, I go to the opposite extreme. I bundle up with extra layers, cap, scarf and gloves in frigid weather. [See picture below.]
A hat or ski cap reduces heat loss through the head