That's Depressing: Smog In Beijing Is So Bad Residents Have To Watch The Sunrise On Giant Video Screens

January 17, 2014


With air pollution nearly 26-times as dense as the World Health Organization considers safe, residents of Beijing watch the sunrise on a giant video monitor because you can't see the real thing. Pfft, who wants to see the sunrise anyways? I want to wake up at noon. Then go back to bed for an hour.

The futuristic screens installed in the Chinese capital usually advertize tourist destinations, but as the season's first wave of extremely dangerous smog hit - residents donned air masks and left their homes to watch the only place where the sun would hail over the horizon that morning.

Commuters across Beijing found themselves cloaked in a thick, gray haze on Thursday as air pollution monitors issued a severe air warning and ordered the elderly and school children to stay indoors until the quality improved.

Could you imagine getting smog days off from school? I remember growing up in Alabama sometimes we would get days off because of tornado warnings. Or "Cower in the closet crying and praying not to die" days I used to call them.

Thanks to Kevin A, who agrees sunsets are where it's at anyways. Hopefully they can see those.

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  • catallergy

    Ironically, the pollution generated by the coal burning power plant to power the giant video screen made it difficult to see the giant video screen.

  • MustacheHam

    Screen: "Here's what you're missing folks! Have a nice day!"

  • YipYap

    The air is so bad in Beijing it burns your eyes, nose, and throat after a short time. It's terrible.

  • captain krunk

    can birds live there?

  • IngusMW

    nope. but 20 million people live there.

  • baal

    It's easy to see why we need to roll back the EPA and other laws in the U.S. We must maintain competitively with China. If that means no anti-pollution regulation so be it. Let the rabbits wear glasses.

  • galvatron

    Maybe, but THIS level of pollution... it is just so fucking unbelievably bad for organic life.

  • guest

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  • Austin Baker

    The Desolation of Smog

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