The city of Dunhuang in China’s Northwestern province of Gansu was blasted by a mighty sandstorm yesterday—and we don’t just mean a blaring rendition of the iconic EDM anthem.
Photos published by ECNS show the thick orange haze coating the city’s atmosphere, turning it into an other-worldly scene reminiscent of Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine.
So terrible was the storm that it reduced visibility to below 50 metres in the downtown area, and forced the closure of the nearby Mogao Grottoes—the UNESCO world heritage tourist site renowned for its massive sculptures and frescoes carved in caves along a cliff.
The storm also inconvenienced local residents, who must have found it difficult to commute in dust-shrouded traffic, let alone breathe without inhaling entire grains of sand. Beijing would certainly be able to empathise, having experienced a bizarre smog-fueled solar-eclipse in 2013, as well as a sandstorm which caused near-toxic air pollution levels last week.
Previously in China’s freaky weather:
Devastation caused by super typhoon Rammasun
Harbin’s worst snowstorm in 50 years
Typhoon Fitow creates havoc throughout China
Shaanxi building ripped in half by strong winds
Deadly tornado lashes Sichuan
By Liam Bourke