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    Posted February 3, 2013 by
    Beijing, China
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    Life in China

    Blue skies are back in Beijing


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Canadian expat ParkerJ captured these images of Beijing before, during and after heavy pollution left the city blanketed with heavy smog. "Living in these conditions just puts into perspective what is important and what you need to consider before doing things you would consider normal," she said. "For example, do you really want to walk home from shopping outside or should you take a cab to avoid the extra exposure? And does the restaurant that you eat at properly wash the food that's been sitting outside before they serve it to you?"
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    When I came to work on January 24, I couldn’t help but snap a photo of the view from my office. Sitting in the Lido area, just outside the Beijing core, it is not that often you can catch a glimpse of the mountains off in the distance. When you can see them it really reminds you how beautiful this city can be.

    Little did I know that after such a beautiful day, Beijing would be quickly covered by a blanket of smog that would capture the world’s attention. Thankfully, I had my photo to remind of what could be and get me through a rather horrible week. Today the smog is gone and the blue skies and mountain views are back.

    To give some perspective to the smog, here are some photos, from my office on multiple days before, during and after the smog filled week. It is tough to tell these photos were all taken from the same location and show the same view, but I assure you it is indeed the same view.

    Hopefully, today's view is a sign of things to come and that we will be able to enjoy the beautiful weather as we celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year.
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