Restaurants that cater to China’s growing middle class are closing as the country braces for its worst of the typhoon seasons.
In the most populous province of Guangdong, restaurants and bars have closed and the region’s hotels have been forced to temporarily shut down.
In the capital Beijing, restaurants that serve Chinese-style cuisine are struggling to cope with the winter weather and the lack of hotel occupancy.
The country’s capital is in the midst of its worst winter weather in more than 20 years.
In another city, Shanghai, a number of Chinese restaurants closed on Friday and Saturday, according to a local media report.
The government has said it plans to close most of the country’s 500,000 restaurants by the end of the year, but some are hoping to open in the coming weeks as the typhoons recede.
For some restaurants, the closures are the first indication of a coming storm.
“We’ve closed the restaurants because of the climate,” said Li Liqun, a manager at a Shanghai-based food delivery company.
The government plans to reopen restaurants in some parts of the city, but not others, according the Shanghai Daily.
Liquor stores, hotels and other business groups have also started to close in the last few days.
The Beijing Meteorological Department said Friday that the country had recorded 12.3 billion tons of snowfall, which it said was equivalent to 1.3 inches of rain, and the city was in the process of absorbing another one-third of that amount.
The typhoon could bring as much as 6.5 inches of snow to parts of China.