Sandstorms threaten Beijing while the capital city of the People's Republic of China grows faster and steady and becomes one of the industrial key hubs in eastern Asia!
Therefore, it is obviously that the Mongolian storms do not fear it, although people wear masks to protect themselves, but may be the industrial (dust) that will grow potential threats to the environment.
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Beijing is China's capital and the country's second largest city after Shanghai. The 17 million inhabitants in the vibrant city have largely abandoned bikes for cars.
Huge viaducts and multi-lane boulevards make Beijing a key hub, just as it is the hub of China's transportation and international air traffic.
Beijing is a modern, hectic city, but as one of the ancient "four great capitals" in China, it also has great historical and cultural significance.
The four feudal dynasties, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing, had all the capital in Beijing.
Culture's historical gems are scattered throughout the region, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.
On 1 October 1949, the Chairman Mao Zedong announced on Tiananmen Square that Beijing should be the capital of the People's Republic of China. Since then Beijing has grown considerably.
The Second Ring Road which was built in 1981, where the inner city wall once stood, has since been surrounded by a ring road after another. The most recently constructed is the Sixth Ring Road, which is located 15-20 kilometres from central Beijing.
The capital city of China grows continuously and steadily. However, the desert is encroaching on it. One thing that Chinese consider as very catastrophic is the howling sandstorms. The Chinese capital city is worried because the sandstorms blow in from Inner Mongolia.
The sandstorms reduce visibility to less than 50 meters and force Chinese and other foreigners in the capital city to wear masks and stay indoors to protect their lungs. In 2005, a single sandstorm forged nearly 330,000 tons of sand and dirt down over Beijing.
Together with incessant coal burning and heavier traffic, these regular sandstorms cause severe air pollution. The temperature has increased particularly in northern China in the past 50 years and it is projected to accelerate over this century.
Combined with a more unpredictable rainfall patterns this may reduce water supply in the areas around the Chinese capital city, and lead to further desertification and cover the streets in Beijing with sand one time after another.
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