After more than a week of darkness, power is finally coming back on in China—mostly. With Lunar New Year celebrations getting under way, power has at least partially returned in 169 of the 170 counties blacked out by fierce winter weather, Reuters reports. But some residents are skeptical. “It’s pitch black here,” said one resident of a supposedly restored city.
“A small number of places have electricity,” confirmed another resident. Power wasn’t back in the Guizhou mountains, either. “I guess we’ll have to have the celebrations in darkness,” said one resident of a tiny town there. “We can’t afford candles.” With or without power, the holiday looks bleak for many Chinese, who can’t travel home, and aren’t prepared for the cold.