Earlier today, Mark MacKinnon, senior international correspondent Canada’s Globe and Mail, tweeted an image showing just how welcoming Beijing was at noon.
— Mark MacKinnon/马凯 (@markmackinnon) June 4, 2013
It appears that thanks to a combination of stormy weather and the Chinese capital’s notorious smog problem, Beijing at 12pm was looking a little more like Beijing at 12am.
Other photos posted to Weibo are just as remarkable:
While today’s phenomenon seems to be a rare combination of elements (a Twitter account run by the US Embassy in Beijing reported that China’s air quality was at “unhealthy” levels at noon — actually quite good for the city), over the past year there has been growing concern about the level of air pollution in China — at points recorded air pollution levels have reached 40 times the standard set by the World Health organisation.
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