This is our bedroom window ledge after a couple of days, and we have yet to see the real sand storms. Silt and soot are everywhere and in everything. Sigh.
We learned these are sidewalks for the blind. Somehow there's a bit of a gap between the idea and the implementation.
When you go to China Post (both a post office and a bank) to mail a package, you're given a sheet of plastic plus a needle thread to make your own mailer. Walking backwards is popular in China, and you often see older people taking a backward stroll. It's supposed to improve balance and cognition. Why not give it a try -- millions can't be wrong.