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China's coldest city experiences its coldest day in 50 years

China's coldest city experiences its coldest day in 50 years

Temperatures in China's northernmost city fell to minus 53°C - the coldest ever recorded, meteorologists said.

Located in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, near Siberia, Mohe is popularly known as the "North Pole of China" and is one of the few places that has a subarctic climate.

The temperature at 7am on January 22, also the first day of the Lunar New Year, was recorded at minus 53°C, according to the Heilongjiang Meteorological Bureau. It beat the previous record of minus 52.3°C in 1969.

China's meteorological authority has predicted large drops in temperatures in some parts of the country.

In neighboring Russia, Yakutsk, known as the world's coldest city, saw temperatures drop to minus 62.7°C - the coldest in more than two decades.

Winters in Mohe are long and start in early October, often lasting until May. Average temperatures during this period are known to be below zero.

The city's constant cold attracts tourists throughout the year, who flock to its ice attractions.