A massive sandstorm recently hit northwest China’s Qinghai province, trapping tourists for hours.
Videos provided to the Associated Press news agency showed for the first time a rapidly approaching sandstorm, like a moving wall of sand, turning the sky yellow.
It was also filmed from a distance, as onlookers on the side of the road took photos of the rare scene on July 20.
“I couldn’t see anything when I was trapped. I felt a bit scared,” said a Chinese citizen traveling in the Haixi region.
The sandstorm chased him for more than 100 kilometers before he was overtaken and trapped for three hours.
The sandstorm appeared in the Haixi region of Qinghai province on Wednesday before moving east across the region with the help of a westerly wind, state broadcaster CCTV said.
In Chaidan town in Haixi region, the wind speed reached 14.9 meters per second during the sandstorm, while visibility was less than 200 meters, according to CCTV.