Flooding in China’s porcelain capital: ‘Misfortune is piling up on us’
The floodwaters arrived so quickly in China’s “porcelain capital” Jingdezhen that Yu Ciqiong had just hours to save her business. As soon as she heard the city might be inundated, Yu dashed to the factory while her husband rushed to their shop to shore up its defenses. The couple and their staff worked all day, moving plates, teapots, cups and other exquisite items to higher shelves and floors.  But, when the water came – via a tributary of the swollen Yangtze River running through the city in the eastern province of Jiangxi – it washed over the levees and into hundreds of workshops, factories and shops, including Yu’s, before receding a day later. When she returned to her shop and factory