Beijing Pollution – A Hassle for All
Beijing is a great city to visit and experience. Having said that, the Beijing pollution can be really a problem – coming back from a business trip there, a couple of weeks ago, the environment was certainly not great. But in a way, that situation was not as bad as it appears in the last few days.
As you can tell from the photos, the smog is there just not as abundant as it appears to be per the news media articles here
Per the Guardian (article link above), residents are being told to stay indoors due to the high level of particulate matter…
The pollution in Beijing is nothing new – my family and I lived there last time about 8 years ago and at the time there were days when the kids in my daughter’s school were not allowed out on recess due to particles count being too high….as it is now.
Then came the Olympics and other important international events, and each time the local government would shut down coal burning plants, force cars off the road….and take all sort of measures to reduce smog…
Now the Beijing Government is even pushing for adoption of the world’s strictest emission standards…I would say, that cannot happen soon and fast enough. But hopefully it will eventually help.
The US Embassy in Beijing provides air pollution monitoring and makes the readouts available to the public via their web site.
It is a very good idea to check out the reports on a regular basis – why? they can help you plan your day and how to manage exposure…
Here is a link to their reports.
Like I said, Beijing is a great city to visit – lots to see and do – but do so with care.