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Yellow Dust.

Sandstorm over Beijing

In the late 1990’s when The Bic was based in Korea, “Yellow Dust” was a regular problem. Especially in the capital Seoul. Named partly as it was a yellow coloured sand, and partly as it blew across from China. The Gobi to be exact.

Arriving North China 2000 he struck the same thing. However,thanks to heavy plantings and better farm husbandry it seemed to be a thing of the past.
Or so we thought as recently it has become problematic again.
Yesterday North China faced another sandstorm.
Even though Shunyi is, relatively speaking, not far from Wangjing and the Olympic Village (mentioned in the slide show) we escaped with just very strong winds.
Maybe mother nature is telling us we are not acting fast enough to her warnings?
This image gallery comes courtesy of Caixinglobal: Grim Skies Over Northern China

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3 responses to “Yellow Dust.”

  1. The Yellow Dust I presumed was smog, associated with pollution. Informative post thank you.
    Best wishes

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    1. Hello Steve, were your ears burning the other day?
      Either way, it is really great to hear from you again.
      We do hope that everything is fine and safe in your small corner of Bonny Scotland.

      Thanks for your comment and feedback too Steve.
      Clearly I failed to fully clarify the situation, but then, the post was really only intended as a short intro to the slide show. However, your question has- not for the first time – inspired me to write a follow up post.

      In the meantime, briefly, yes and no.
      Yellow Dust was the Korean term for sand storms, but in China sand / dust storms and pollution are two (three) different things. Pollution or smog is the PM 2.5 which we call bad air. Dust storms are PM 10.

      If you found that article interesting, you may also enjoy our latest piece, a caustic look / take on China’s Covid zero policy. or perhaps an earlier look at “Was Shakespeare in China?

      Again, many thx for dropping by.


    2. And “expanded” update is now live: The Greening of China – –


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