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Beijing’s great, blue skies

Some people might be surprised by this post’s headline or think that it was ironic but no, it’s not. It’s summer now and that means hot days and nice blue skies, even in Beijing. Over the weekend, the weather had been great in Beijing for three straight days (maybe more since I can’t quite remember what Wednesday or Thursday were like) and there’ve been some beautiful skies and very interesting cloud patterns, even at night. Today’s weather is a bit cloudy but it’s still a great day since Germany won the World Cup this morning (China time), beating Argentina 1-0. As you can tell, I am a German fan.IMAG3162 Sunday noon. A few hours later the sky darkened and there was some rain. IMAG3153a Saturday IMAG3139a Friday afternoon

However, the most surprising sky was Saturday night when there was a full moon and misty clouds, which I’d never seen at night. I don’t normally look to the heavens at night but I did so by chance on Saturday and it was really nice. See the photos below to know what I’m talking about and be assured there was no Photoshopping, not that I have Photoshop or can do much, or any other editing.
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IMAG3134 Even the early morning has yielded some fine sky scenery- this is at 5am on Wednesday, at halftime of the World Cup semifinal when Germany demolished Brazil 7-1.

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6 thoughts on “Beijing’s great, blue skies

  1. Blue sky days in Beijing are absolutely gorgeous! And, in fact, I think that they are more frequent than in here… I don’t remember the last time I saw a blue sky in Suzhou. It is always white or an ugly pale blue…

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    1. Yes, blue sky days in Beijing are very, very nice. The sky in Beijing was white or smoggy grey a lot during autumn and winter. I’m surprised at that, are there a lot of factories in and around Suzhou? Perhaps it’ll get better as the summer continues.

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      1. Yes, there are a lot of factories in Suzhou and around this area, as it is very close to Shanghai but land is cheaper.
        If we look at the PM2.5 figures for sure Beijing is worse, but it is a fact that I haven’t seen a blue sky in a long time!

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        1. OK, I see. I’ve heard of Kunshan and its factories which I suppose is very close to Suzhou.
          For Beijing, I wonder if the central government’s plan to move polluting industries out of Beijing has already started or if summer is always like this. However, I’d give up nice, blue skies for lower PM2.5 counts.

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  2. Lovely blue sky photos shot. I was surprised in our 2 short months in Seoul how much I missed that. (Apparently we were there in the “yellow smoke” season when they get a lot of pollution drift from China.) So I can believe you must be REALLY happy to see blue skies!

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    1. Thanks, Bobbi.
      Yes, I was in Seoul in late February and the skies were light grey every day, which people told me were because of pollution from China, so I experienced some of “yellow smoke” season too :(.

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