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Lights out for Shanghai's Bund in China power-saving push

Record heat wave pressuring power grid as air conditioning use soars

SHANGHAI -- Shanghai will switch off the night lights at its historic Bund district for two days from Monday as a record heat wave stretches China's power grid, forcing factory shutdowns and wilting crops.

The riverfront neighborhood and nearby financial center Lujiazui are usually lit up in the evening. But a nationwide power-saving push will leave the well-known districts in the dark while shopping mall hours are cut as the country grapples with temperatures topping 40 C.

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