Just imagine: you're a resident of Rizhao, Shandong Province, China. It's a hot day. You and your friends decide to take the day off and head to the city's beaches for a day of surf and sun. But when you get to the beach, you see this:
SinaWell, there's always a public swimming pool, I guess. Fortunately, there's nothing at all sinister about the source of Rizhao's green beaches, as this build-up of seaweed is a natural occurrence.
Ng Han Guan/AP Because Qingdao was the site of many sailing events for the 2008 Summer Olympics, hosted that year in Beijing, the local government dispatched soldiers to clean up the mess right away. A month later, the sailing events transpired without incident. And for these two boys, a little bit of algae wasn't about to spoil their fun.