XINING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- The "roof of the world" is getting warmer, and people on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau region clearly feel the changes.
"The past few winters have been quite unusual," says Hou Fusheng, 83. "It's getting warmer every year."
Hou has lived all his life in Xining, capital of northwest China's Qinghai Province. In his younger days, he remembers, winters were bitter and even the thickest heavy coat did little to keep out the chill.
"Nowadays young urban women wear elegant overcoats without looking padded up. Even people my age don't need heavy coats most of the time," says Hou.
The past winter was the 15th warmer-than-average winter in Qinghai since 1986, and the average temperature from December to February was minus 7.4 degrees Celsius, almost 2 degrees Celsius higher than the average of the past decade, according to the provincial climate center.
Meanwhile, the average temperature in the Tibet Autonomous Region was 5.9 degrees Celsius last year, 1.5 degrees higher than normal and the highest in almost four decades, according to the regional climate center.