This morning, Beijing woke up in a massive yellow cloud. Motorists found their cars covered by thick layers of yellow grit. Air filters were quickly overwhelmed. What happened? A huge sand storm had transported tons of sand from the Gobi desert and dumped it on China’s capital. According to China Daily, the “Beijing weather bureau sent an alarm Friday night, warning a sandstorm was ‘on its way’. Yet many residents were utterly unprepared.”
Sand storms are a common occurrence in Beijing, and have given rise to a daily car wash index. Today’s storm has been recorded as the strongest of the year.
The sand storm delayed flights at the airport and triggered warnings as far as Seoul, Korea, and Tokyo, Japan.
According to ABC News, “the grit can travel as far as the western United States.”
There you go: Chinese imports that won’t affect the balance of payment.