This stuff is serious. Not only is the color and the poor visibility striking, after half a day you can taste the smog on your lips. sticky, metalic, I could feel it on my skin and in my hair. You get used to it after a while, a couchsurfer from Turkey said. I suppose you do... but that's not necessarily a good thing.
This is the view from "The Bund" of the new fancy skyscraper district. The river is probably not more than 100 meters wide but the view is still very brown.
Two days later we came back to see The Bund at night. Perhaps the air quality had gotten a bit better. Perhaps it's just prettier at night.
People's Square in Shanghai, near sunset.