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15 Pictures Of Shockingly Blue Skies In Beijing

Gray, the dominant color of the polluted capital of China, is finally stepping aside to reveal a gorgeous blue. BONUS: Double rainbows!

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1. Thousands of Beijing residents have been sharing photos of blue skies on China's popular Weibo and WeChat social media sites for the last few months.

3. The city's air pollution level has reportedly dropped 19% in the last year, after the government began to shut down coal-fired power plants city-wide and try to reduce vehicle exhaust by giving out limited new license plates.

Sunny day in #Beijing - pollution index 25 - #FreshAirChina


4. The results are pretty stunning.

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北京难得一见的好天气,不过我也快被大风吹跑了!#beauty #nature #blue #sky #beijing #cloud #lookup #iphoneonly by svetacassiechyu


Today,Beijing's sky,blue&clean💙⛅😊


10. A blue sky plus a rainbow? For Beijingers, that's CNN-style breaking news.

BREAKING: rainbow seen over Beijing, if but for a few moments #china #waronpollution #air #environment #notfake


12. Here's where things get really weird: Double rainbows have a habit of showing up in the beginning of June. They have been a guarantee for the past three years, appearing on June 9, 2013...

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13. June 6, 2014...

And on June 6, a rainbow appears over Beijing:

15. Here's hoping that this trend continues, because this is simply beautiful.

Beimeng Fu is a BuzzFeed News World Reporter covering China and is based in New York.

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