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Beijing in Dense Polluted Fog, Air Quality Over 14 Days

Beijing's Qianmen Jianlou shrouded in polluted fog.

Beijing's Qianmen Jianlou shrouded in polluted fog.

From NetEase:

Beijing suffers severe pollution weather

December 4th, the National Meteorological Center of CMA issued dense fog blue early warnings, forecasting that from the night of the 4th to the morning of the 5th, dense fogs with visibility of under 200 meters will appear in Beijing, Tianjin, and other areas. Photo [above] is of Beijing’s Qianmen Jianlou shrouded in dense fog.

A building enveloped by dense fog in Beijing.

December 4th morning, Beijing enveloped in fog, where average visibility was 1-3 kilometers, the lowest visibility being less than 500 meters in the south, and the fog estimated to last until next Tuesday.

Beijing shrouded in dense fog and pollution.

According to media reports and real-time urban air quality data published by the Environmental Protection Bureau, at 7pm on the evening of December 4th, Beijing’s respirable air particulate matter concentration levels reached 0.437 mg/sqm, temporarily reaching severel pollution levels. Photo is of a section of Tonghu Road in Tongzhou district where visibility reached less than 10 meters.

Chinese bicyclists in Beijing wearing face masks to protect themselves from the heavily polluted air.

Parts of Tonghu Road in Tongzhou district reached visibility levels of less than 10 meters, and many people on the road took to wearing masks.

Cars emerging from the dense fog in Beijing.

December 3rd morning, on Beijing’s elevated highways, cars driving out of the dense fog.

Cars driving out of the dense fog in Beijing.

December 3rd morning, in Beijing, dense fog envelops the Lianshi Road of the southwest fifth ring road, cars emerging from the dense fog.

Heavy pollution and fog in Beijing.

December 4th, Beijing North Third Ring area shrouded in dense fog.

A Beijing high rise building disappears into the dense fog and airborne pollution.

December 4th, Beijing enveloped in dense fog, with visibility between 10-20 meters, traffic is slow. The top of buildings can’t be seen from the bottom, and even the traffic lights at intersections are very obscured.

A road shrouded in dense fog in Beijing, China.

Local visibility in the southern parts were less than 500 meters.

Slow-moving traffic on a Beijing road due to dense fog causing very limited visibility.

December 4th morning 10am, Beijing Meteorological Bureau monitoring showed that the city’s average visibility was only 1-3 kilometers, with visibility reaching less than 500 meters in the southern parts.

Heavy traffic in Beijing at night due to poor visibility from heavy fog and smog.

December 4th evening, foggy conditions in Beijing and surrounding areas, traffic on highways slowed.

A Beijing public bus driving through thick fog and pollution.

December 4th evening, foggy conditions in Beijing and surrounding areas, a public bus driving.

Slow traffic on Beijing's highways due to polluted fog.

December 4th evening, rare dense fog in Beijing and surrounding areas, traffic on highways slowed.

Heavy fog and pollution made it difficult for Beijing residents to get around at night.

December 4th evening, rare dense fog in Beijing and surrounding areas, inconvenienced people traveling at night.

Heavy smog in Beijing at night.

December 4th evening, rare dense fog in Beijing and surrounding areas, inconvenienced people traveling at night.

Travelers at the Beijing Capital International Airport lining up to reschedule flights delayed or cancelled by dense fog conditions surrounding Beijing.

December 4th, affected by the dense fog, Beijing Capital International Airport as of 9:30pm already had 54 flights delayed and 82 flights cancelled. Photo is of Beijing Capital International Airport passengers lining up to change their flights.

A number of flights into Beijing Capital International Airport were diverted due to extremely poor visibility because of dense fog conditions.

Some Beijing arrival flights were diverted.

Comments from NetEase:

风蚀天 [网易北京市网友]:

“Rare” your mother, a third of every month is like this, and you call that rare?

chenzy0221 [网易福建省福州市网友]:

All caused by reinforced concrete. The dangers of construction dust is far more frightening than automobile exhaust.

网易北京市网友:

Beijing lung cancer welcomes you!!!

艹尼玛的毒才 [网易越南网友]:

Since the end of the Olympics

网易四川省成都市手机网友:

Too scary!

尼姑村牛村长的男人 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]:

I’ve discovered that the air for those of us south of the Yangtze River is comparatively not bad, at least in comparison to Beijing. Beijing has no choice, surrounded by mountains, lots of cars and factories, and there’s a desert to the north, so this kind of weather really can’t be helped and can be understood. But for this kind of place to still have housing prices of several tens of thousands per square meter and people still scrambling to buy, that I can’t understand.

我爆贪官他菊 [网易湖北省十堰市网友]:

Last time when the American Embassy’s instruments measured pollution, experts came out to say their instruments were not accurate, so why are they now saying the air has been severely polluted?

zsd6868 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

Doesn’t the government and CCTV both say the environment has been thoroughly restored, that the air is better than the past… From the looks of it, the government and CCTV’s word can’t be trusted after all.

国民革命军整编74师张灵甫 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

Fuck, now we can call it the Heavenly Kingdom!

草原上的鷹 [网易安徽省安庆市网友]:

The people of Beijing are truly blessed, living in a wonderland!

Comments from Mop:

请关闭:

During the Olympics, there was a reason why foreigners wore masks.

身如云影:

Today there was again news that Beijing’s air reeked of excrement.

libo101:

Fuck. And we’re spending money to research advanced weapons? This air quality alone will destroy Imperialist America. And those yelling everyday that American imperialists want to attack China? With this air quality, would them Americans even be able to survive if they came here??? They’d have fled immediately. Those people at the [United States] embassy probably all want to leave, otherwise why would they say “crazy bad” on their website if not to make a mistake so that Imperialist America will call them back home.

帅到骨子里:

The American government really makes a big deal out of nothing… unlike our Heavenly Kingdom. As long as it isn’t an atomic bomb, hydrogen bomb, or other nuclear weapons, or something like a meteor hitting the planet, the Heavenly Kingdom’s air quality has for millions of years been pure and pollution-free…

妇女病:

Different system, different standards. What is serious in imperialist America is all light here.

The key thing: Building up the Chinese people’s resistance.

摄尼斯瓦:

I am in Shantou. Nothing is good here, except the air.

开苞手爱德华:

The ordinary common people are just the tools of the Heavenly Kingdom [Chinese government], it doesn’t matter if we live or die.

tpeng7:

This is just what the Heavenly Kingdom is like. Their own children have all gone abroad, so they’re not afraid/don’t care.

圣极宗:

Back when the Japanese devils tried to destroy our country and our people, they failed, but very soon we will have accomplished it ourselves!

121577:

Next year will already be our last, does it matter if there is pollution or not? What we are thinking about is how to get on the boats/arks!!!!!

xlx99858529:

Our country’s people are indeed resistant, unlike other countries’ people who die from just eating a cucumber. We’re currently training ourselves to eat arsenic without consequences [referring to food safety problems in China].

Daily air quality and visibility conditions in Beijing over 2 weeks, from November 22nd to December 5th:

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 November 22.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 November 23.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 November 24.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 November 25.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 November 26.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 November 27.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 November 28.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 November 29.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 November 30.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 December 1.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 December 2.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 December 3.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 December 4.

Beijing air quality and visibility: 2011 December 5.

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