Beijing Citizens, Shrouded In Pollution, Flock To Giant Screens To View Artificial Sunrise

Tyler Durden's picture

You know it's bad when...The smog has become so thick in Beijing that the city's natural light-starved masses have begun flocking to huge digital commercial television screens across the city to observe virtual sunrises. Following this week's practical shutdown of the city of "beyond index" levels of pollution, as The Mail Online reports, residents donned air masks and left their homes to watch the only place where the sun would hail over the horizon that morning...

It's grim...


The futuristic screens installed in the Chinese capital usually advertize tourist destinations, but as the season's first wave of extremely dangerous smog hit, ths happened...


Via The Mail Online,



The air took on an acrid odor, and many of the city's commuters wore industrial strength face masks as they hurried to work.


'I couldn't see the tall buildings across the street this morning,' said a traffic coordinator at a busy Beijing intersection who gave only his surname, Zhang. 'The smog has gotten worse in the last two to three years. I often cough, and my nose is always irritated. But what can you do? I drink more water to help my body discharge the toxins.'




The density of PM2.5 was about 350 to 500 micrograms Thursday midmorning, though the air started to clear in the afternoon. It had reached as high as 671 at 4 a.m. at a monitoring post at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.


That is about 26 times as high as the 25 micrograms considered safe by the World Health Organization, and was the highest reading since January 2013.


In the far northeastern city of Harbin, some monitoring sites reported PM 2.5 rates of up to 1,000 micrograms in October, when the winter heating season kicked off.




Beijing reported 58 days of serious pollution last year, or one every six to seven days on average, Xinhua quoted Zhang Dawei, director of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center, as saying.




China has drawn up dozens of laws and guidelines to improve the environment but has struggled to enforce them in the face of powerful enterprises.



On Wednesday, China's commercial capital, Shanghai, introduced emergency measures, allowing it to shut schools and order cars off the road in case of severe smog.

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Spastica Rex's picture

Wasn't this in a Philip K. Dick novel?

Almost Solvent's picture

The Joke really is on these poor folks (and the rest of us)

BKbroiler's picture

In other news, millions of Americans flock to department stores for fake happiness.

PrecipiceWatching's picture

And many more millions don't.

Abysmal Chinese pollution as  yet another reason to slam America.

Only on ZH......

New England Patriot's picture

Let us all bask in television's warmly glowing warming glow.

gmrpeabody's picture

If you wrant your runrises, you can kreep your runrises.

Sofa King Confused's picture

Looks like Salt Lake City during an inversion.

90's Child's picture

You've obviously never been to Salt Lake City.

Manthong's picture

OMG..  all the gold from the Fed won’t compensate for the ability to breathe.


This is truly one of the most pathetic "stupid sheep" visuals I have ever seen. Those people should be rioting and demanding clean air FFS. The shear number of them would scare the elite out of their wits. How vile these ruling assholes are.

JoeSexPack's picture

Top shot looked like L.A. yesterday from brushfire.


Clear now, 80 F & 12% humidity. Weird, but good.

fonestar's picture

It's nice to see the Asians taking a lead in this field, thus disproving the Zerohead posters who claim we need "real" farming, mining, sunlight, etc, etc...

fonestar's picture

My PAL (Physical Abstraction Layer) does not live in a city that suffers smog and yet prefers to watch virtual sunrises and sunsets on a computer screen.  There's fewer people to interact with, less bugs, noise, etc.... where there's a way, technology will find an answer.

StychoKiller's picture

ELIZA, good to see that you're "evolving!"

akak's picture


The smog has become so thick in Beijing that the city's natural light-starved masses have begun flocking to huge digital commercial television screens across the city to observe virtual sunrises ... 

Since the sunrises thus viewed are only virtual, it would only be fitting that the masses flocking to view them be required to pay to view them ... using bitcoins, of course.

Exponere Mendaces's picture

Uh oh, someone's cranky about digital things again.

Doesn't stop him from using a computer though. Oh, the irony.

akak's picture

Yeah, funny how that works, I own silverware too, and yet do not feel obligated to routinely stick forks in my eye either.  What a hypocrite I am.

fonestar's picture

And why shouldn't they be able to pay for virtual sunlight using virtual currency?

akak's picture

Reread my post, oh ye of little reading comprehension.

fonestar's picture

Is your house decked out in shag carpets, fake wood veneer and rotary dial phones by chance?

Watching monkeys smash clocks and watches to stop time greatly amuses fonestar.

akak's picture


Don't you mean "cave"?

No, I don't go in for all those worldly Amish innovations.

It's strictly rocks and sticks and animal furs for me.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Oooh, sounds sexy to me in a One Million Years BC kinda way. Of course today some may not fill out the requisite fur bikini as Rachel did. I guess we must wait after FEMA camps and mass famine to get our figures back.


TheReplacement's picture

You have rocks AND sticks?  Frivolities!

cassotto's picture

The masses haven't "begun flocking" to digital screens to see sunrises, this is just yet another sensationalist ZH post taken from an equally sensationalist source.

Yes the smog is bad in beijing, just stick to that, those screens have been around for many years.

Citxmech's picture

I don't know - our world, generally, keeps getting closer and closer to the world predicted in the movie "Soylent Green."  

We've  got the overpopulation, dead oceans, oppressive poverty, totalitarian police, and now public movies of how the world was - all we seem to be missing are the suicide pavillions and all those colored crackers. . .   

argentuman's picture

The shear number might scare them out of their knits, too.

MeBizarro's picture

Says the idiot poster who has never been to China or isn't remotely familiar with its politics.  See what happens to those who aren't politially connected and advocate official action against the Chinese gov't. 

BellyBrain's picture

Bullish!  Looks like a great market for selling high-filtration gas masks.

fonestar's picture

This is truly one of the most pathetic "stupid sheep" visuals I have ever seen.


The only thing that's pathetic is the posters here seem to think this matters.

fonestar's picture

OMG..  all the gold from the Fed won’t compensate for the ability to breathe.


Oh yes, breathing!  That will be a big problem for those who resist virtualization technology I guess LOL.....

90's Child's picture

That's funny cause so do I and that ain't no comparison.

China still has visability compared to when salt lake had inversion.

Sofa King Confused's picture

I could have taken pictures that looked just like that yesterday in West Valley. The point is people tend to take pictures of the extreme. If I started taking pictures of the worst of every inversion and posting them, people who have never been to SLC would begin to believe that the place is a shithole.  Perception is everything.

90's Child's picture

With the fog we've had lately it exacerbates the outlook on it.

But still no where as toxic as parts of China and India.

CheapBastard's picture

Phoenix and Tuscon can get pretty bad. Glad I moved out of there.

Sudden Debt's picture

some call it pollution, OTHERS CALL ECONOMIC GREEN SHOOTS!

Zero Debt's picture

We used to say, "The sun never sets on the British Flag".

Now, we say, "The sun never rises on the Forbidden City"


akak's picture


some call it pollution, OTHERS CALL ECONOMIC GREEN SHOOTS!

"All economic power flows from the barrel of a Chinese smokestack."

- Mao See (Airborne) Dung

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

And here we see the ultimate problem when one shits in ones own nest. The dilemma is this shit won't stay contained but the beauty is it is not discriminating to whom it damages. How can one live a high standard of living in a country where breathing is a problem?