If Japan is the Land of the Rising Sun, then Beijing these days is the Land of the Hidden Sun. Confused? Don’t be, let us explain. What has happened here is that the smog in the Chinese capital has become so thick that it never lets the city’s residents see the real sun. To make sure that people don’t forget what this giant ball of fire looks like, huge television screens, placed all over the city, have started broadcasting recorded videos of it.
Poor Beijingers, they are even turning out in great numbers to stare at the gigantic LED screens with wistful eyes. Check this:
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The pollution-induced fog has blanketed over the region. For more proof of poor visibility in Peking, scroll down:
The latest reading of the city’s air showed that particles of PM2.5 pollution have jumped up to as much as 500 micrograms per cubic meter – which is 26 times higher than the level considered safe by the World Health Organization. Experts say China’s industrial drive in general, and excessive coal-burning in particular, is to blame for this environmental crisis. While the authorities claim they have already began taking measures to sort this issue, people remain skeptical about their efforts and are demanding more.