President Xi Jinping rides to inspect troops in central Beijing amid ‘parade blue’ skies on Thursday – in sharp contrast to the rain and smog that set in yesterday (below). Photos: Xinhua, Simon Song

Fifty shades of grey: smog returns to Beijing after clean-up creates weeks of ‘parade blue’

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President Xi Jinping rides to inspect troops in central Beijing amid ‘parade blue’ skies on Thursday – in sharp contrast to the rain and smog that set in yesterday (below). Photos: Xinhua, Simon Song
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