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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

The wonder of a rainbow in Beijing

There were hours of rainfall, the city was getting soaked. And then something many Beijing residents did not expect on Monday evening.

A rainbow appears over the city on August 3, 2015 in Beijing, China.
The rainbow that stopped a city
A rainbow!
Readers almost anywhere else in the world might scratch their heads at what is probably quite a commonplace phenomenon. But in smog-ridden Beijing, rainbows are rare.
Just how rare became evident in the hours that followed and into the early hours of Tuesday morning as Chinese netizens uploaded images in their thousands and shared their joy at the sight of the rainbow on social media.
Passersby take photos of a rainbow at sunset in Beijing on Monday, 3 August, 2015
When in China and if you see a rainbow, take a picture
"To us living in China, it was so rare and beautiful to see," commented Weibo user TingLee. "It's definitely not something we see very often."
One rainbow photo, which captured the vivid colours above an urban scene, was the most popular. Suddenly Beijing was seen as if through a vintage Instagram filter.
"Could this be a sign of better things to come for our environment? I hope so," another Weibo user said, showing how inevitably the first thoughts people had were about the state of their environment.
Rainbow mania also spread to popular Chinese instant messaging app WeChat.
From BBC News World-China

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