Beijing Looks Like A Climate Horror Movie Right Now

Beijing’s air pollution has engulfed the famous landmarks of the Chinese city inclouds of smog, shut down outdoor activities and prompted the government to issue its first-ever red alert” for pollution on Monday. Photos of the city look like something out of a climate horror movie.

The thick smog, which began rolling in last week, will take an even more apocalyptic turn from Tuesday to Thursday. For three days, the red alert will force the city’s 20 million residents to stay home from school, drive only on alternative days (determined by license plate numbers), and refrain from fireworks and outdoor barbecues.

In some parts of Beijing, capital of the world’s largest polluter, residents can see only about 660 feet in front of themselves.

Check out photos from the otherworldly scene below:

  • Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images
    A woman wears a breathing mask while walking through smog in Beijing. A red alert in the city is scheduled to last from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 12 p. m. Thursday.
  • Andy Wong/AP
    Commuters wearing protection masks wait for buses on Monday.
  • ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images
    A tour boat sails down a river in Suzhou on Monday.
  • ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images
    Cyclists wearing masks ride along a road in Suzhou.
  • Andy Wong/AP
    A woman wearing a face mask to protect herself from pollutants walks past office buildings shrouded with pollution haze.
  • ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images
    A vehicle squirts water into the air to dispel smog.
  • Andy Wong/AP
    Visitors, some wearing masks to protect themselves from pollutants, share a light moment as they take a selfie at the Jingshan Park in Beijing.
  • ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images
    Vehicles drive through heavy smog.
  • Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images
    Traffic drives through smog in the Shijingshan District of Beijing.

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