ChinaSnap! Beijing Skyline
This is… a photo of the Beijing skyline – and no, I didn’t apply a filter. That’s really what the sky looks like in Beijing!
At the time I took this ChinaSnap! I was… staying at the Park Hyatt in Chaoyang on business. It had rained the previous night, which had washed away the smog.
I remember… this view was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. When I lived in Beijing, other than the occassional dust storm, the air was often clean. Too often now, Beijing’s sky is thick with dust, particles, and soot. The pollution is a by-product of China’s quick industrial rise, and it’s an on-going problem for the Chinese government. A little more than a decade ago, everyone biked because cars were a luxury that most could not afford. In 2012, for every 1,000 people in China, there are slightly less than 50 cars. (As a point of comparison, Americans have 125 cars per 1,000 people.) Just like LA in the 70s and 80s, this is something China needs to work through, but it’s not an impossible task.
This qualifies as a ChinaSnap! because… for those that think Beijing’s sky is never blue, this proves them wrong.
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