With all the smog in Beijing recently, it might be hard to remember what the capital used to look like without any pollution. Fear not! A Weibo user has taken a unique set of pictures featuring iconic Beijing landmarks to show how they look with and without smog.
This comes just after Beijing issued its first ever red alert for smog this week, taking extreme measures which include closing schools, removing half the cars from the road and halting construction in an (not quite) all-out effort to improve the air quality. However, despite the red alert, it has been noted that the pollution levels were actually much higher the week before when the alert level was merely orange. The reason for this according to the Chinese government is that last week’s smog did not last long enough. However, the government is facing criticism for their always changing explanations regarding the omnipresent layers of smog blanketing Chinese cities.
This isn’t the first attempt by Chinese netizens and activists to highlight just how bad the smog is in Beijing. Other attempts have included netizens outlining missing landmarks on top of smoggy pictures, an artistically orange dress and of course Nut Brother vacuuming up the toxic particles to make bricks.
Take a look at the photos below and judge for yourself which version of the landmarks look more iconic:
By Hasanali Pirbhai
[Images via Weibo]