China flashback: when the sky turned gold

When: Between 10.25 and 10.35am, 7 April 2002.
Where: Wenchang Lu in Changchun, capital city of Jilin Province in northeast China.
What: Street scenes on a morning when Changchun was engulfed in a shachenbao (“sand-dust tempest”). The photos are unphotoshopped.

For the record, while a day spent in a shachenbao and a day spent under the raining ash of Mount Etna’s pyroclastic flow are both unpleasant, the latter is perhaps more tolerable because you are at least still assured of finding a decent espresso.

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