The park around our little lake here is usually bombarded with people. This park attracts many and if it’s not raining it’s crowded. On Saturday, January 25th we took a walk around the lake. The smog was heavy and according to the Shanghai Air Pollution index or the http://aqicn.org/city/shanghai/ the levels were much lower than that in December, the reading was 255 when I checked.
I thought it was strange that on this particular day the park was virtually empty of pedestrians. I realize that the Chinese New Year migration has started; however, we have never noticed the park being so empty.
Where did the people go? Was it the smog or the Chinese New Year Migration?
This photo was taken at 2:01
This photo was taken on the left side of the lake at 2:25 PM.
This photo was taken at 2:22 PM on the left side of the lake. The sun is trying to break through; however, the smog prevents the sun from shining.
This vendor sells sweetened caramelized fruit. With no customers he had time to play on his phone. Look across the lake, do you see the smog?
Where there is usually a mob around park benches, on this day they were all empty.
This couple was making the best of the day. The lady was learning to roller blade and was having a blast.
3:27 on the East side of the lake and it’s empty. This is a pedestrian street where carts, bikes, and people alike wander the area. On this particular day, the street was empty.