Is China’s Blood Red Sky a Sign of the Apocalypse?

Rare phenomenon gets explained.

Duane Michael
5 min readMay 10, 2022


Blood red sky happens in China
The red sky is seen this photo, Zhoushan, China, May 9, 2022. (IHA Photo)

The stunning blood-red sky of China has been documented countless times in recent years. In fact, there are so many photos of the red sky phenomenon that it has become something of an Internet meme.

But recently, conspiracy theorists have begun using the photos to support doomsday theories that China’s blood-red sky is a sign of the apocalypse. Are they right?

Could this be an indication that the end of days is near? Let’s take a look at some of the most compelling evidence and see if we can shed some light on what’s behind China’s blood-red sky…

In China’s Zhoushan the Sky Turned Blood Red

What Does It Mean? On Sunday, May 9th, people from Zhoushan, in Zhejiang province, all saw a blood-red sky at night. Residents described that when looking up to the sky above them, they could see that it had turned completely blood red.

In some pictures taken with camera phones that have been circulating on Chinese social media platforms such as Weibo (the equivalent of Twitter) and WeChat (the equivalent of WhatsApp), you can clearly see what appears to be very bright red clouds filling up half of the entire sky.

The phenomenon was also witnessed by residents in Wenzhou city which is located only 40 miles away from Zhoushan.

Air Pollution May Be Responsible

Several things could be causing red skies across China. The reddish hue could be caused by dust or sand kicked up from northern Chinese deserts; it could also be an optical illusion caused by haze, clouds, or smog.

That said, air pollution can also cause the sky to appear ruddy (the sun hitting airborne particles makes it possible). If that’s what’s going on here, then it suggests recent increases in pollution may not have been as well-regulated as they seemed.

Heavy industry combined with coal use is common in northern regions and recent regulations have attempted to control that kind of pollution.

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Duane Michael

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