Sandstorms Hit Beijing

Sandstorms Hit Beijing
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Sand Dunes
Severe sandstorms had hammered northwestern China over the previous few weeks and arrived in Beijing Friday night, March 19, bringing strong winds and sand. A day later, several cities in eastern China, including Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou and Hangzhou, reported similarly bad air quality. Hong Kong and Taiwan also reported dangerously high levels of pollution.

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