Sandstorm, heavy pollution hit Beijing

The Chinese city was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday.

BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the skyline in the sandstorm on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Sandstorm Hits China
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the skyline in the sandstorm on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: This composite photograph shows the skyscrapers during the sandstorm on February 28 and the blue sky on February 19, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Sandstorm Hits China
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: This composite photograph shows the skyscrapers during the sandstorm on February 28 and the blue sky on February 19, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Chinese women, some wearing face masks, brace through strong wind after the capital city is hit by sandstorm in Beijing Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
China Sandstorm
Chinese women, some wearing face masks, brace through strong wind after the capital city is hit by sandstorm in Beijing Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A woman covers her head while walking past a flying cardboard box after the capital city was hit by a sandstorm in Beijing Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
China Sandstorm
A woman covers her head while walking past a flying cardboard box after the capital city was hit by a sandstorm in Beijing Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A young man wearing the mask walks along the wall with the picture of the Great Hall of the People during severe pollution on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Sandstorm Hits China
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A young man wearing the mask walks along the wall with the picture of the Great Hall of the People during severe pollution on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the skyline in the sandstorm on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Sandstorm Hits China
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the skyline in the sandstorm on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the skyscrapers in the sandstorm on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Sandstorm Hits China
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the skyscrapers in the sandstorm on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the skyline in the sandstorm on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Sandstorm Hits China
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the skyline in the sandstorm on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the skyline in the sandstorm on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Sandstorm Hits China
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the skyline in the sandstorm on February 28, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

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