The local climate is quite dry in the winter. All season long, the skin on my hands has been rough and peeling, and my lips have cracked more than once. It has snowed maybe two times in the last three months.
Those who know me well know that I like to make art that combines my loves of fruit, transport phenomena, and goofing off. For many years, I have routinely dessicated apples and other fruits on my desk at work. I continue to purse this hobby in Beijing, and I do think that the dry air helps.