Dream or Nightmare: Fairy-Tale Scene Appears in Modern Times

Thick mist enshrouded Wuhan early on Feb. 16.  (Image: Sina News)
Thick mist enshrouded Wuhan early on Feb. 16. (Image: Sina News)

Wreathed in mist, the high-rise buildings were partly hidden, just like castles in the air.

Thick mist covered WuhanHubei Province early on Feb. 16, but was it fog or smog? Sina News described it as a spectacular and extremely rare scene, while bloggers commented:

  • “It’s pollution, not a spectacle!”
  • “Wuhan’s environment is not good—poor air quality, dirty city, and filthy ground. It’s so foul but looks like a ‘wonderland.'”

According to the report, the effect is called “advection fog,” which is usually seen during spring in cities in southern China. It is caused when damp air moves across a cooler surface. When the air temperature is lowered to its dew point, saturation occurs first, and then fog follows.

This sudden change affected transportation in many parts of China, especially because people are returning home for Chinese New Year.

Shipping services in Xiamen stopped running. Flights could not take off or land normally. Some flights were delayed while some reached the city but had to circle over the airport, waiting for the mist to lift. Highways in certain areas were closed as well, according to Epoch Times.


Covered by the mist, the buildings in Wuhan looked like castles in the air. (Image: Sina News)

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