Photographer's Note

As soon as we arrived in Beijing we walked from our hotel to Tian'anmen Square. It was a public holiday and there were people everywhere just standing around enjoying the largest city square in the world (440,000 mē - 880m by 500m).

What I remember most was the dust - it was so thick we could feel the grit on our teeth. Asian Dust (also known as yellow dust, yellow sand, yellow wind or China dust storms) is a seasonal meteorological phenomenon which affects much of East Asia sporadically during the springtime months. The dust originates in the deserts of Mongolia, northern China and Kazakhstan where high-speed surface winds and intense dust storms kick up dense clouds of fine, dry soil particles. These clouds are then carried eastward by prevailing winds and pass over China, North and South Korea, and Japan, as well as parts of the Russian Far East.

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