Speaking of Chinese rail, this is alarming:
China’s national observatory today renewed alerts for air pollution and fog across the country as the gleaming white bullet trains turned dark brown while travelling in pollution hit areas, major expressways closed and over flights getting cancelled. Photos of the trains with brown stains went viral and even flashed in the official media websites as thick smog shrouded Beijing and 71 cities for the past five days.
The national observatory renewed alerts for air pollution and fog for some areas in northern, eastern and central China, including Beijing.
Heavy smog will persist in parts of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, Hubei, Jiangxi and Hunan till tomorrow the National Meteorological Centre (NMC), which renewed an orange alert for those areas said.
The US doesn’t have high-speed rail; but then again, Americans can be grateful that they don’t have pollution like that. As a visual metaphor for modern China, a photo of a grime-covered bullet train is almost too perfect.