Finally, A Better Way To Watch the Sunrise in Smog-Filled Beijing

Screen displays rising sun in polluted city

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This LED screen displays the rising sun in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, which is shrouded in heavy smog on Jan. 16, 2014.

Corrections appended on Jan. 17, 2014 at 05:32 EST and Jan. 21 at 21:20 EST.

Air pollution in the Chinese capital reached new, choking heights on Thursday. Those who still felt the urge to catch a glimpse of sunlight were able to gather around the city’s gigantic LED screens, where this glorious sunrise was broadcast as part of a tourism ad.

Correction: The original post did not mention that the large screens in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square broadcast panoramic scenes on a daily basis, regardless of atmospheric conditions, nor did it state that the sunrise was part of a tourism commercial.