A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands guard in a heavy snow in front of the portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, Sunday, 3 January 2010. Heavy snow hit Beijing on Sunday (3 January 2010), stranding thousands of passengers at the Chinese capitals main airport and casting an unusual quiet over normally busy streets as people stayed out of the freezing weather. Dozens of flights were canceled or delayed at the Beijing Capital International Airport, the countrys busiest, though a few were still able to take off. State television said most the highways out of Beijing were closed too, with several centimeters of snow blanketing roads and temperatures expected to touch lows of -14 Celsius. Beijing, which over the past few years has seen little winter snow, has experienced several bouts so far this season, including
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