Beijing snapshots | the grey belt

While monitoring the metropolis’s mobility, once can only be surprised how the city differs from one day to another. Following up on Sunday’s Beijing | the blue belt trip, movingcities roamed the second ring road on Monday morning. Another excursion in density and visibility, another grey architectural anatomy. This time in the other direction, from Gulou till Fuchengmen subway station. Another hazy day, more cars jamming under a grey roof. The city was back to normal, out of focus, and trapped in a climatic condition that is notoriously known as the Beijing blur. An impression, with a pinch of contrast added to the pictures.

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Beijing snapshots | the blue belt

With the closing down of construction sites and restrictions put on the metropolis’s mobility, the city of Beijing has changed its color during the past weeks. Albeit still daily suffering from a thick layer of white-grey clouds hovering over the city, the sky is turning blue, mostly during the weekend. Building contours become more visible, textures more sharp, cars disappear and Beijing is showing a better appearance, one beyond the blur. But also one that is suspiciously empty. On Sunday August 3 MovingCities drove around the Nothern and Eastern section of Beijing’s second ring road, from Gulou till Dongsishitiao subway station, roaming the ring roads, observing the city from the overpasses, photographing the post-pollution era. An impression.

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