Associated Press
Enormous murals in shades of blue and green, many showing off towering palm trees and blue skies, hide the pollution in the Chinese capital.

BEIJING (AP) — Polluted Beijing is usually shrouded in gray, so for the Olympics, Beijing city officials have tried to add some color. They have taken a dusty metropolis with thousands of cranes hovering over construction sites and sought to create an idealized Beijing. Enormous murals in shades of blue and green, many showing off towering palm trees and blue skies, hide the reality of the Chinese capital.

Beijing Olympics emblems are often used to hide unfinished construction projects. Some of the make-believe scenes suggest a quaint village lies just out of view.