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If you can look past the devastating damage it causes to your respiratory system, air pollution in Beijing has become so dense that it actually makes the Chinese capitol look like something from a fantasy or science fiction world.

The following photos were taken in eastern Beijing on the morning of January 22, a time when the smog was particularly thick and nasty.

The photos were shared on Japanese internet message board 2channel, where users quickly drew parallels to  the mist-covered worlds seen in some of the Final Fantasy series.

However, far from imbuing residents with magical powers, this ‘mist’ has people across Beijing shut up indoors, clinging to their air purifiers until the winds blow the poisonous soup out of China and into whatever unlucky country that lies across the ocean

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Source: Hamsoku