It is the last thing the residents of Chongqing would have expected to see.
But the Yangtze river, which runs through the city in south-western China, turned a bright shade of orange-red yesterday.
The waterway where the Yangtze met the Jialin River provided a fascinating contrast as the red started to filter into the other river.
|Meeting point: A ship sails across the junction of the polluted Yangtze River (left) and the Jialin River in Chongqing, China|
|Dirty/clean: A ship sails across the junction of the Yangtze River and the Jialin River at the exact spot where the dyed river starts to bleed into the Jialin|
|Close-up: Whatever it was that dyed the river was almost orange in color|
|While officials investigate the cause of the colouring, one fisherman went about his daily business as if nothing had happened|
|Check it out! Some residents were so amazed that they collected samples in water bottle|