About every three months, we have a Sunday where all our utilities have been cut for about 12 hours. This is announced to us like it's no big deal, but several of my Chinese colleagues have lived overseas as students, so they must remember that this type of thing NEVER HAPPENS ANYWHERE ELSE!
It's always presented to us as "routine maintenance." How in the world does their utility maintenance require such disruption? My wife said this morning, "Maybe their utility equipment is like everything else in China that breaks after six months of use. Our piano, our vacuum cleaner...."