“5 Surprising Benefits of Smog” Jokes CCTV, Chinese Reactions

CCTV news claimed that heavy smog brings five unexpected advantages

Chinese people has been harassed by the frequently occurring heavy smog in China. But on December 8th, a reporter for state-broadcaster CCTV published an article that says the smog has five surprising benefits: The smog makes Chinese people more united, more equal, more clear-headed, more humorous, and more knowledgeable. On December 9th, many media reprinted this article and pasted the link on their own official microblog accounts, sparking both outrage and derision among Chinese netizens.

From Sina Weibo:

@头条新闻: CCTV Media Claims Smog Has Brought “Five Surprising Gains” — The CCTV website published an article claiming, “You may have realized that the smog that you hate bitterly and feel helpless is not all bad, because at the same time it has wrecked havoc on on the Divine Land [a poetic name for China], it has also brought us five major benefits.” Including: Smog has made Chinese people more united; smog has made Chinese people more equal; smog has made Chinese people more clear-headed [aware]; smog has made Chinese people more humorous; smog has made Chinese people more knowledgeable. Details: http://t.cn/8kMzqWb [original article has since been removed]

From Sina Weibo:

@每日经济新闻: CCTV Website: The Five Unexpected Benefits Brought By Smog — First, the smog has made Chinese people more united. The nation’s people have formed an “anti-smog national united front”. Everyone takes turns suffering with no one capable of feeling much superiority over others. Second, in the face of smog, everyone is equal. Third, the smog has made Chinese people more clear-headed, strengthening our awareness of danger/misery. Fourth, the smog has made Chinese people even more humorous. Finally, the smog has made Chinese people learn more knowledge.

The haze in China

Comments from Sina Weibo (1 & 2):

嘟嘟美女:

The smog has made historic contributions to realizing the revival of the Chinese nation and the Chinese Dream! lxhguzhang_org

Rookie智:

The smog has made this reporter brain damaged.

welonee:

Among the five major benefits, making Chinese people more equal is indeed true. No matter how much money you have, no matter how much power you have, no matter whether you live in a villa or in a basement, the smog is always there, where you can’t avoid breathing it!

布达拉蛋挞:

Being continuously poisoned/bewitched by CCTV is much more severe than smog.

火星柳叶刀:

That CCTV could think up these five points sure wasn’t easy.

一个晴空的云朵:

Can I say that I want health?

找个烂借口:

I totally don’t have this kind of feeling! Maintaining national unity should not rely on SARS, earthquakes, bird flu and smog. To realize real unity must rely on developing the economy and create a harmonious, open, pluralistic but cohesive concept of culture/civilization ~ angrya_organgrya_organgrya_org

Jenna蛋蛋:

I felt it was quite well said. See, the air quality is better today ~ Only by having hope will the nature treat you well. Only by having faith can we not be flustered. Of course, I also hope the government will introduce more environmentally friendly policies, and also hope that everyone can use a calm state of mind to fight for the opportunity of fresh air. This is the so-called “everything can be settled through discussion” ~ I also believe that the future will be better and better. hearta_org

nabo1982:

Except they did not think of what should be done for accountability and governance.

无-法:

Who will really do their part for [improving] air pollution? Such as quitting smoking and driving their private cars as little as possible? Ultimately, we still have to wait for the country to force losses linked to citizens’ self-interests can true it attract the true attention and concern of everyone.

YAS1993:

To have this kind of media (official media), I too felt an unexpected gain gain/benefit. crycry

子桐在德令哈:

Turns out Chongqing people being united, equal, humorous, and knowledgeable all the time was because they are in smog every winter.

公民胡子卫:

laughlaugh CCTV Media truly is challenging the intelligence of the Heavenly Kingdom‘s people. I bet the brain of the person who wrote this didn’t have water enter it [water entering the brain is a Chinese saying to suggest someone is stupid or brain damaged], but PM 2.5 [particulates]. Thirty years ago, [China] was determined not to take the old “pollute first, then govern [manage/clean the pollution]” path of the West. Years ago, the Minister of Environmental Protection said thirty years of development has proven that old Western path of “polluting first then govern” will not work for China. Now everyone has discovered that the path China has taken is a new path with Chinese characteristics, the new path of “continue polluting without governance”.

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  • http://mykafkaesquelife.blogspot.com/ My Kafkaesque Life

    Thank you, China! Now we have your smog also in Taiwan! :( http://on.fb.me/1kzi4II

    • TheSOP

      That shit is leaking out all over Asia it seems!

    • MidniteOwl

      Taiwan and other countries of the world are causing some of this.

      Stop sending so much manufacturing over to China where they have lax environmental controls.
      Stop buying crap that is made in China. Buy only what you need in general. Buy local.

      Basically you have to stop the Chinese economy from expanding. I wouldn’t count on the CCP to do anything effective in reducing smog… other than banning barbecuing outside lol.

    • mr.wiener

      Mmmm, Wake up and smell the mainland.

    • David S.

      Strong North to South wind in Beijing today. I think it’s heading your way again. Sorry about that.

  • TheSOP

    Well lets see what the CCP apologists will have to say about this one. There must be some way to spin this and blame it on America/the West (or if you are the top of the Sanlu drinking food chain like the Global Times you can play it as a defensive measure against American imperialists! No really they are that retarded!). Peking Duck had some good articles recently on sanlu drinking brain dead fenqings and their inability to separate criticisms of the CCP from China. Even there the fenqings come out trying to spin some BS.

    http://www.pekingduck.org/2013/12/chinese-patriotism-vs-nationalism/

  • TheSOP

    This is the reason the CCP has to engage in external military adventurism, expansionism, and imperialism; it is the only way to distract the masses from the terrible management of the one party thug state. Democracy for China and throw the one party dictatorship into the waste basket of history where it belongs.

    • Wayne

      What military adventurism are you referring to?

      • TheSOP

        You aren’t worldly are you? Trying reading the news once or twice a year.

    • http://aileilei.tumblr.com/ El Puma R.

      Democracy, socialism and communism are all 19th century jokes based on unlimited sources, told as Santa Claus stories for adults, full of unjustified murder and deceit. Anyone who knows a little bit would agree with me on this.

      Democracy for China now?
      Your terminology makes me sick, you and your retarded 19th century convictions.

      • wes707

        Hmm… democracy is hardly a 19th century conviction:

        Democracy, literally, rule by the people. The term is derived from the Greek dēmokratiā, which was coined from dēmos (“people”) and kratos (“rule”) in the middle of the 5th century bc to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notably Athens.
        http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/157129/democracy

      • ex-expat

        Wow…democracy a joke? Then it is just a coincidence that the best countries in the world happen to be them? Since your obviously biased against the US, let’s remove it from the statement entirely. Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark….shall I go on?

        And I would educate yourself before making such bold statements. What is the largest part of the United States’ budget? It’s not the military. “Drowning in debt?” No one will tell you that the US debt is a good thing, but the sky isn’t falling yet. The situation as a whole actually seems to be improving.

        “War over resources.” Which war might that be? It wasn’t Iraq.

      • Eileithyia

        China can continue to rule over people let you, but they should let those people who want democracy go. Example, like those people in HK.

      • TheSOP
      • TheSOP

        You make me sick with your relativistic nonsense. Nearly every blemish you can find in democratic societies you will find magnified 100 times a dictatorial one party state. Keep huffing the CCP smog, it seems to be having its intended effect. Retard.

      • TheSOP

        So whats not a joke Mr. Serious? I just hear you bitching and moaning about America? Anyone who knows a little bit and has lived in China/other one party totalitarian states know that the is a difference between democratic societies and authoritarian dictatorships.

  • Peter Pottinger

    There is going to be another revolution in 3 .. 2… 1…

    • Germandude

      Not so fast. One number a day. 5000 years to go…

  • TJDubs

    Industrialists in Chicago made similar bullshit claims (smoke is a disinfectant and helps people live longer) in the late 19th century. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/aghast-over-beijings-air-pollution-this-was-pittsburgh-not-that-long-ago/267237/

    Give China a hundred years.

    • Goodluck

      We don’t have 100 years to give. This world is suffering already. I can’t imagine how messed up it will be in 100 more years.

    • don mario

      the typical deflection of pollution in china is that the west did it too, and that it will improve.. yea , just trust the government and it will all be a OK!

  • David S.

    That’s probably why Argentina is going to the dogs. CCTV has been digging for so long that it’s getting close to ground level.

  • TheSOP

    “I totally don’t have this kind of feeling! Maintaining national unity should not rely on SARS, earthquakes, bird flu and smog. To realize real unity must rely on developing the economy and create a harmonious, open, pluralistic but cohesive concept of culture/civilization ~ ”

    This is a good point; CCP based “Chinese Nationalism” is largely a negative construct as it is completely reactionary. It defines itself largely by “antis”; anti-Western, anti-universalism, anti-democratic, anti-pluralism etc. Couple that with a reactionary victim complex constructed out of hyping and self flagellating to the history of 150-70 years ago while devoting extremely large resources to creating a historical amnesia within the last 60 years and you have “Chinese nationalism” of today which is continuously in a state of self-rightous self-antagonzation, the equivalent of a borderline personality disorder driving a national identity.

    • Germandude

      Neither do you understand Chinese culture, nor do you understand the Chinese dream. Go back to your home you stupid laowai.

      That’s what I hear every so often when I am trying to get close to criticizing some of the habits here.

      • TheSOP

        The best laowai is an ignorant/naive awestruck laowai, at least in the minds of many people, especially government, in China.

      • don mario

        heard it so many times its untrue.

        what is so hard to understand? that chinese culture discourages any critical thought of the leaders so they can hold the shackles in place indefinitely? some real mind bending stuff going on there!

    • wes707

      I can’t believe he used the word “pluralistic.” It gives me a sliver of hope.

    • curtanali

      “Chinese nationalism” of today which is continuously in a state of self-rightous self-antagonzation, the equivalent of a borderline personality disorder driving a national identity.—quot from The Sop
      What you’ve said is also a ture feeling of a “foreigner” in westen countries. To be warmly welcomed with open arms by another culture, only both sides should hold the parity of life philosophy or economic benefits or political status

      • TheSOP

        your comment makes no sense… sorry

        • curtanali

          If you are a foreigner here, your critical comment on this country just lost the equality. Considering the bad or worse treatments to overseas Chinese even now, “self-rightous” nations and “borderline personality disorder” people are found more abroad. China deserves respect of the world for the bounteous wealth and sapiential philosophy “devoting” to the world, but those “self-antagonistic” people don’t.

  • Washington Bullets

    It’s a defensive tactic, you can’t use satellites for observation if you can’t see the ground ;)

  • MidniteOwl

    so… let’s see…
    corrupt government, check.
    lack of freedoms, check.
    selfish society, check.
    polluted environment, check.

    what was the recipe for revolution again?

    • Eileithyia

      revolution is starting in HK already. Mainlanders are too wuss to do anything.

    • Germandude

      Incomplete!

      corrupt government, check.
      lack of freedoms, check.
      selfish society, check.
      polluted environment, check

      huge amount of people that are stepping up ERROR

    • don mario

      brainwashed people that trust the government will improve things, a lot of people happily making a lot money and a government that has wiped out any other party’s don’t really go a long with revolution..

  • YourSupremeCommander

    Its like living in a sandstorm 24/7/365… Jesus Fucking Christ.

    • moody

      “Jesus Fucking Christ”
      I always found that expression really weird.
      Though i admit i’d pay good money to see it happening :-D

  • markus peg

    The best thing about the smog, is that it makes you feel like you are in in a real silent hill / resident evil game and when you see a figure walking towards you, you cant quite make it out and it could very well be a zombie!

    • Germandude

      lmao

    • don mario

      6 benefits!

      real fog is better though. smog is like the shitty cousin..

  • Stefan Xu

    When you guys travel from China to the west do you feel or notice that the air is cleaner?Sure the air is way cleaner according to the equipment but how our bodies feel it is better?

    • markus peg

      Yes, though that depends where in China and where in the West…

      However, i will explain why i think ‘yes’ – i find when i ride a bicycle in China i get stuff in my eyes [i think mostly from construction pollution, bits float around in the air] even at slow speeds but that doesn’t happen in my home country. But, my country is small, China’s a bigger place, perhaps if my country were the same size and a huge population we would have a similar problem. That still does not mean more cant be done.

      This is the worlds fault and needs to be dealt with as a world issue as well as country to country. For example the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan, on pollution scale that’s worse than the smog in China, It’s just the smog is obvious because we can see it.

    • Zappa Frank

      a cancer doesn’t make you feel better or worse till it’s too late.

    • Germandude

      Coming back to Germany in summer, I appreciate 30 degrees with good air. No problem with that. Pollution in Germany at that time (I checked it for 2 weeks): 2 to 11 microgram/cbm of air

      Coming back to Germany in winter, I appreciate – 5 to 5 degrees with good air, but I am sick for 2-3days because my lungs cannot handle it too well when it’s cold. Pollution in Germany at that time: 0 microgram/cbm of air.

      Soon it’s christmas and I am happy to leave this gas chamber for some time… (sorry for the inappropriate comparison, but it’s true)

      • Stefan Xu

        Have you been to the Chinese countryside? The beach or coast? What do you think about the air there?

        • Germandude

          I have been to the countryside a lot. It’s better but still nowhere close to Europe.

          The really perverse thing is that whenever the air pollution index is around 180, we are talking about “it’s acceptable again”.

          180 is hazardous in Europe, while we feel relief, having a good day in China.

        • 5,000 years of uncivilization

          I live 5 mins from the coast in Qingdao and for the last two weeks, the air quality index hovers between 100 and 200 most days. The highest last week was 500. One can’t really escape the air pollution in China unless you move to Hainan. And if everyone did that, there would be little reason to move there.

          • Stefan Xu

            Even Taiwan has bad air. But I find it strange how both South and North Korea being so close to China can have quite clean air.

          • Cauffiel

            Prevailing winds and mountains.

          • wes707

            But the jet stream is blowing toward Korea. I don’t know if that matters though because of the altitude.
            http://www.wunderground.com/global/Region/A2/2xJetStream.html

          • wes707

            That’s strange. Seoul is 31 right now.
            http://aqicn.org/city/korea/seoul/yongsan-gu/

          • 5,000 years of uncivilization

            Yes, and Qingdao, which is just across the Yellow Sea is currently at 163.

          • TheSOP

            Taiwan has bad air because it blows over. Little of that is local

          • don mario

            not true, they pollute in taiwan too, they are still run by mainlanders after all.. not as bad as china but it is still idiotic.. especially the scooters.

          • Stefan Xu

            I know

        • wes707

          I’ve been surprised when taking trains long distances thinking the pollution would recede once I was far enough from the large cities, but most of the time the perpetual haze never seems to dissipate.

      • Stefan Xu

        I find it funny that I’ve seen western expats actually jog around in central Shanghai.

    • David

      Yes. Not dumping on China but my count in Wuxi has been between 300-500 for two weeks. much higher than Shanghai or Beijing. It finally dropped to like 150 (only dangerous level) and everybody in the office was celebrating. Also, everybody has been coughing up black spit (and sometimes blood).

    • Cauffiel

      Oh my goodness, very very very noticeably cleaner, the moment you step outside the airport.

      The Chinese countryside is not much better; they burn a lot of shit out there just to get rid of it, including leftover biomass from harvest, everyday garbage, and there is blowover pollution from nearby cities.

      In 2008, I ran a marathon on the Great Wall and I thought I was having an allergic reaction at the end. It felt like my throat was closing up, but then I asked others and they were having a similar experience. By the next day, it was just sore. I don’t remember the name of the location… it was a tourist area about 2 hours from Beijing, full of farms and a logging operation, but definitely not urban.

      China is not beyond repair in terms of pollution, but its not going to fix itself. I’m actually pretty sympathetic to the air pollution problem here because I understand the economic realities of industrialization. There is only so much capital to go around, and if you have to choose between starving and breathing bad air, most people will choose to breath bad air.

      • Stefan Xu

        Most countries had bad pollution during their industrialization. So things will become better in China maybe 10 years from now.

        • wes707

          True, but the world has never seen a country with 1.35 billion people industrialize.

          • Stefan Xu

            But there’s no choice, it’s unfair telling the Chinese “no you can’t achieve the living standards we have here in the west”. There’s two choices, industrialize but being inevitably dirty or stagnating being poor but clean like North Korea.

            Soon it’s India’s turn, and then Africa.

          • wes707

            I wasn’t making that argument – just stating that there will be consequences for the environment and people’s health.

            China would be better off if it didn’t impose financial capital controls and had a floating exchange rate. Holdings its currency artificially low allows China to be hyper competitive in the international labor market, but China’s domestic consumption is only 36% of GDP. Industrial production for exports is way too high for its own good, hence the extremely high levels of pollution.
            http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NE.CON.PETC.ZS

          • TheSOP

            The West, even during the industrial revolution, was nowhere near China in terms of scale and intensity of pollution.

          • Stefan Xu

            Maybe, but the situation in for example London during industrial revolution was also quite bad. People were forced to wear breathing masks.

            http://img.ffffound.com/static-data/assets/6/1a6bc18d9100ab1325b383ae858c4363c97828d2_m.jpg

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smog

          • don mario

            and we all live on the world.. it doesn’t just effect china if they want to irresponsibly pollute it up. take the cars for example.. every chinese needs to have a house and car. even if they are not needed at all in city living. its polluting out of status and convenience, it is irresponsible and it needs to change.

          • Stefan Xu

            Look at number of cars per 1000 people in the west and compare it to China and tell me who has too much cars.

          • don mario

            china has almost as many registered motor vehicles as the usa.. and they have reached it in a short span of time. give them a few years and they will surpass it. you have no argument there.

            and i am not arguing anything for americas case either so don’t start with me-i am not a yanky.

            yea the amount of cars on the road is pretty bad, but my point was the reasoning behind driving in china is for most -purely irresponsible. related to status and convenience. thanks for ignoring it.

          • Stefan Xu

            China surpassed the USA on the number of cars sold per year. Not on total number of cars. USA certainly has more cars in total because they have accumulated the amount for many years. USA has 800 cars per 1000 people while China has 85. That’s almost 10 times more.

          • don mario

            i never said they had surpassed them, i said they have nearly the same amount of cars, do you want a link? and going by common sense, in the short time that has taken them it isn’t going to be long until they surpass them. and yea i wasn’t talking about every per 1000 people but way to interject your bs.

          • Stefan Xu

            China’s population is four times USA’s so it’s possible that the amount of cars are close to the USA’s.

          • wes707

            China has 4.2 times as many people as the US.

        • Repatriated

          As long as there is money to be made from “polluting”, it will never improve in China.

        • don mario

          so when u look at these smog drenched scenes the first thing you think is – it will be better?

          ccp are really good at fooling people i guess..

          • Stefan Xu

            When a country becomes more developed the pollution will decrease as the country moves up the value chain meaning heavy polluting factories are replaced by office buildings.

          • don mario

            thats what they are feeding you right? they tell you this shit so you can breath harmful smog without complaining dumbass. and with no complaining why would they need to change it while they can get away with it?

          • Stefan Xu

            Who has been feeding me? CCP? Why?
            I didn’t get this from Chinese sources. I’ve studied how countries industrialize and compared industrialization in China to when Japan and the Asian tigers such as South Korea and Taiwan industrialized. Those countries were also very polluted but maybe not on the same scale as in China as China is many times bigger. China’s development is similar to those.

          • don mario

            so you believe the same kind of shit as CCP when you don;t even have to? what kind of fool are you?

            taiwan is nothing to compare to. they still pollute plenty! they still have most of the irresponsible and selfish problems that come from chinese culture… hmm i wonder why, because they are being governed by mainlanders might possibly have something to do with it..

          • Stefan Xu

            What does CCP have to do with this? I already told you that I didn’t get it from any Chinese sources. Everything from western sources.
            I don’t even like the CCP. I’m not a PRC citizen.

          • don mario

            well you sound just like one!

          • Stefan Xu

            I didn’t mention CCP and I haven’t been nationalistic or patriotic. I just weren’t biased and said my prediction based on my research. So whenever a person isn’t bashing China then the person is a CCP lover? I think you are a bit biased if you think the pollution wont get better in the future.

          • don mario

            you were prattling on like a PRC citizen saying all the things they are taught to say when defending pollution. congrats, if you are not a ccp but you sound the same as one to me. you are going against common sense, not bashing china.

          • Stefan Xu

            What I said was true and I didn’t learn it form the CCP. I did research and studied the science behind it. Yes, the pollution is bad but it’s impossible to have a green industrialization. The equation doesn’t fit.
            I’m from Sweden btw.

          • wes707

            He’s a Chinese tribalist from Sweden.

          • Stefan Xu

            I’m not a Chinese tribalist. I’m just not anti-China and I try to see China on a positve way. I have hope about China. Life in China is getting better every year. Look at the past 30 eyars of development in China.

          • wes707

            Okay, Stefan. I’m not anti-China either; I just don’t appreciate China’s attitude toward the West. If China did not have access to sell into Western markets, there’s absolutely no way they would have been able to develop. The CPC’s economic theories brought them the death and destruction of the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. Yet today, they praise the CPC for lifting them out of poverty, but it was actually Western multinationals that paid their wages. The CPC is nothing more than the middleman selling slave labor to the world market.

          • Stefan Xu

            So you don’t appreciate China’s attitude towards the West because CPC is praised for letting the foreign companies use China’s labor?

            Your post is a bit confusing.

          • wes707

            The CPC is not praised for letting foreign companies into China; the CPC takes the credit for the 崛起 of China in state media; there’s absolutely no credit given to the global economic system created by the US and the West after World War 2 that China was allowed to join after the failings of CPC economic policy.

            There’s so much anti-Western and anti-Japanese sentiment stirred up in China to divert attention from its own problems. I would appreciate it if they were at least a bit thankful for our openness and willingness to let China join the economic system created by the capitalist West, but instead the CPC still brainwashes the public into thinking that it’s still a racial war of us versus them.

          • Stefan Xu

            What you wrote is true. However I can give you a suggestion, to appreciate China you must ignore the politics and see China how life is on the streets.

          • wes707

            I agree. Because of its political system, if the CPC didn’t have to regard most everything “foreign” as potentially hostile, I would enjoy Chinese culture and life on the streets much more.

          • Stefan Xu

            But in some ways the government also likes foreigners. They will do anything to attract that foreign investor.
            Chinese people themselves regard westerners very well, they even treat westerners better than themselves. Not to mention the foreign worshiping of products.

          • wes707

            True, but foreign investors are only tolerated because they needed capital. As well, the worship of foreign products is produced from a combination of 自卑 and 虚荣。

          • Stefan Xu

            Yes, one of the biggest things I dislike about Chinese are their feeling of inferiority towards the west. They have no confidence at all in themselves. Self hatred.

          • wes707

            It’s strange. They’re so proud of being Chinese and yet have an inferiority complex.

          • Stefan Xu

            The reason behind this is China’s backwardness compared to the developed countries. They look western products and think why are so few Chinese high quality products? They see how poor China have been, have polluted it is, how bad character Chinese have, the lack of morals and empathy of Chinese, food scandals, etc.

            When almost everything is better in west then it’s hard for a Chinese to not have a inferiority complex.

          • wes707

            It’ll get better eventually.

          • KamikaziPilot

            Actually not strange at all. The “pride” in being Chinese is usually to cover up for their inferiority complex. It’s a defensive mechanism IMO. Confident, secure people don’t need to rely on their race or nationality to find something to be proud of. I’ve found that the “proudest” Chinese people are the ones that talk about being a proud chinese but deep down place everything Western on a pedestal for no other reason than being western.

          • Stefan Xu

            So a person who’s not so negative about China is a Chinese tribalist?

          • wes707

            No, it’s your attitude that you take for granted the open-mindedness of Swedish people, yet you think foreigners should leave China (as we’ve seen from your up vote of another person’s comment a few articles back), as well as some of your other stupid comments like: “There also 50 million Chinese comrades over the world who can help. Chinese of the world, unite!” That’s tribalist talk.

          • Stefan Xu

            Those stupid comments were just jokes, not really serious. Actually I’m very open-minded.

    • David S.

      It’s very much noticeable yes.

    • Dax

      Yes, because in America I can’t see the air.

    • Repatriated

      Yes.

    • don mario

      yea, crisp and clear, its nice.

    • Dr Sun

      yes as i flied into LAX , looking out the window of the plane I was shocked at the smog all over the city, the sky orange and hazy. It was horrible to breath in los Angeles so much pollution, next was Denver, a constant orange haze, very nasty. Last las Vegas no smog, but terrible air pollution.

  • ex-expat

    lol the way they insult people’s intelligence.

  • Richard Marriott

    The greatest benefit of the smog has got to be whenever you make the walk of shame with a “straggly waggly” you brought home in a drunken stupor the night before.

  • http://aileilei.tumblr.com/ El Puma R.

    China is the only place where I’ve seen people checking my garbage with a smile.

  • Germandude

    Last comment is epic.

    “Thirty years ago, [China] was determined not to take the old “pollute first, then govern [manage/clean the pollution]” path of the West. Years ago, the Minister of Environmental Protection said thirty years of development has proven that old Western path of “polluting first then govern” will not work for China. Now everyone has discovered that the path China has taken is a new path with Chinese characteristics, the new path of “continue polluting without governance”.”

    Kudos to that guy.

  • mr.wiener

    I believe one major Chinese newspaper stated that the smog made China safer from attack or invasion…god give you lemons, I guess.

  • xiaode

    … I have a better idea: before dying slowly from cancer caused by the poison in the air…. why they don´t commit suicide…? That would piss the enemy off… sending a 1,5 Mio USD cruise missile and then (almost) no one dies because they are dead already… i would be pissed….

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  • Dr Sun

    Air’s great here in Yunnan. Why anyone expat or not chooses to live in Beijing, shanghai, etc is beyond me for many reasons, smog being only one of them.

  • Wayne

    Too much hypocrisy for me. After Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and what would have been Syria a few months ago had it not been for Putin, now you’re going to accuse China of adventurism, expansionism, and imperialism? For stating they now have an airzone? There, can I have my five mao now?

    • lasolitaria

      So what? The fact that America has engaged in “adventurism, expansionism and imperialism” does not deny and has nothing to do with the fact that China has.

      And can’t you wumao say anything without mentioning America? I bet when your mother complains that you never clean the basement up despite living in there you retort “yeah, I will when America cleans up her act in Iraq”.

      • TheSOP

        They are like borg not a single authentic opinion amongst them, all going around with the exact same talking point, same asinine attempts to divert the subject away from China.

      • Wayne

        The US has fully pulled out of Iraq.

    • TheSOP

      You have no point except to point fingers? I guess that speaks to the weight that your opinion has: ZERO.

      Inner Mongolia: 1947

      Tibet: 1951

      Xinjiang/East Turkestan: 1950

      Korea: 1950

      Indian: 1962

      Russia: 1969

      Paracel Islands/Vietnam: 1974
      Sino-Vietnamese War: 1979

      Sino-Vietnamese conflicts: 1980–87

      Vietnam: Johnson South Reef Skirmish (1988)

      Philippines: Occupied Philippine Reef (Mischief Reef)

      Current: Making imperialist claims to Senkaku Islands (Japan), Entire South China Sea (Belongs to ASEAN states), Iedo (Belongs to Korea), Arunachal Pradesh (belongs to India)

      Any questions or should I continue schooling you?

      • Wayne

        Making claims about disputed territories and invading and occupying countries are two different things. Your list doesn’t have any recent examples of China using it’s military, except for a naval skirmish in the 80′s and some border clashes in the 80′s.

        • TheSOP

          Well aren’t you the CCP apologist. Claiming and usurping the lands and seas of other nations is the definition of military adventurism. China is practicing it on a massive scale in the East China Sea, South CS, and Arunachal Pradesh. I expect you will now concede your ridiculous ignorant and blatantly apologistic comment. These are all current expansionist military adventures being undertaken by the CCP and PLA lackeys.

    • socali

      you got owned. now on your way little boy.

      • Wayne

        And using this website, made for English speakers by Chinese people, to attack China constantly is in bad taste, in my opinion.

        • socali

          Bad taste because the truth hurts? Sorry, there is no censorship bureau here to censor the unsavory actions of China which is even poorer taste than some netizens voicing their displeasure on Chinese thievery. How about you give back the fishing areas of the Vietnamese and Filipinos and give the Tibetans and Uyghurs their freedom back, and we’ll revisit what is poor taste or not.

          • Wayne

            Every country has done unsavory things, I can guarentee you that. Making claims on disputed territories and establishing an airzone in the South China Sea are nothing compared to invading countries and overthrowing their governments. It was just a few months ago they were ready to do it again in Syria, but bombing plans were put on hold at the last minute! Because chemical weapons were used (although they didn’t have any evidence who used them).

        • TheSOP

          This website is about China, yet you just want to hear praise ringing from every comment? Get over yourself, you and the rest of the fascistic Sino-chauvinists.

          • Wayne

            It’s about China, yes, and at least you made your criticisms intelligently.

          • Wayne

            It’s easy to go to another country and be critical about everything. Or you could just take it easy and enjoy it, which would get you a lot further.

          • TheSOP

            Oh your philosophy is shut up and smile? I suggest you take your own advice, I certainly wont.

          • Wayne

            It’s all good, dude. Agree to disagree. Merry Christmas

          • TheSOP
    • firebert5

      “America does it, so China is justified too!” Setting aside the obvious point that that is not a valid argument, doesn’t that argument concede that America is the standard to which China can only dream of reaching?

      • Wayne

        My point is that I’m offended more so by the injustice of what’s been going on elsewhere. An American drone killed numerous innocent people at a wedding in Yemen just a couple ago. Chinese are not bombing or invading people, what they are doing is called diplomacy.

  • http://aileilei.tumblr.com/ El Puma R.

    what a smoggy wedding the guys on the first picture had… gorgeous… and you can see the other dude with the camera riding the black SUV on the left… I wonder what is the video going to be like… smoggy sleepy hollow lol

  • don mario

    DO IT.

  • don mario

    troll?

    • TheSOP

      No he’s just retarded

  • TheSOP

    Huffing smog has effected your brain functioning, or what little there was.

  • KamikaziPilot

    I pretty much agree with what you’re saying. I believe Japan’s inferiority complex towards the West is due to the influence of contemporary western culture in Asia, much more so than losing WWII. I mean look at all the advertisements in Asia, unless they’re celebrities, they either feature the native race (ex. Chinese) or some random white person. Here in America, it’s still predominately white, but you have all different races included (black, Hispanic, even a few Asians). That’s just one example. The thing is, at least in the US, other non-whites don’t seem to have the same level of inferiority complex as Asians do. Look at blacks, they were enslaved for hundreds of years but compared to Asians, they got major swag and confidence, at least that’s what they portray. I’m just guessing Asian culture isn’t conductive to assertiveness and confidence, especially when compared to people you feel are more dominant that you.

  • wes707

    Explain in reference to modern China what I should have an inferiority complex about?

  • mike921

    China has strict environmental laws, and the technology to mitigate pollution. Every time Chinese people see smog, they should see -corruption-.
    Many thanks to the US State Dept. for not cow-towing to Beijing when ordered not to monitor/report PM2.5, now the Chinese people how much and how bad – genie is out of the bottle now Beijing – whatcha’ gonna’ do?????????

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