Changing China

Giant on the move

50 days out, where’s the Bird’s Nest gone?

June 19, 2008

Fifty days before the Games open and Beijing was blanketed in smog on Thursday. 

Photographer David Gray went to take some pictures of the Bird’s Nest from a nearby apartment block and this is what he saw.

Smog engulfs the National Stadium, also known as the ‘Bird's Nest', on a bad pollution level day in Beijing

  To add to the discomfort, Thursday was horribly humid. I wouldn’t want to run a marathon at the best of times, but to do so on a day like this would be unpleasant in the extreme.

Photo by David Gray, of course.  



it looks bad.
i also wonder for every previous olympics games hosting city, has air pollution been such a big concern? or beijing is so speical?

Posted by fuhao | Report as abusive

I rode my bike around for a couple of hours on Wednesday and had felt some pain in my chest. I don’t suffer from asthma and fairly healthy. The air recently only seems worse than a few months ago. One thing I don’t understand is that they haven’t stopped non-Olympic construction. The dust is horrific at the moment. I know they are trying to finish some buildings which is fine, but others that have no chance of getting done, should be put on hold.



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