I’m in Changzhou this afternoon. I come out of one of the DVD shops and the sky is beginning to darken. I head back to the bus station and, as I’m sitting on the bus, the sky gets so dark that it could be night. Cars had their headlights on and the street lights were eventually turned on as well. It lightened up once it started raining.
There were a couple of occasions when I was in Beijing when the sky got dark, but certainly nothing resembling night.
[07.08.14. I’ve been back in Jiangsu Province for the past five years, and although there have been a couple of occasions when the day has got very dull, I’ve never experienced anything as extreme as this particular day again.]