Beijing Brightens Up – No April Fool’s Joke!

john  —  April 3, 2013

Apr1_Beijing_pollutionThe pol­lu­tion in Bei­jing was bet­ter over the week­end and Can­thy always updates sit­u­a­tion. I think she’s got my Eng­lish habit of always ask­ing “hows the weather?”. I also check the CN Air Qual­ity app on my iPhone which updates the air qual­ity and pol­lu­tion lev­els by the hour. The map shows the sit­u­a­tion across China so you can see the whole pic­ture, although it would be if you could also see other places in the world to compare.

Apr1_Pollution_SZ_BJDespite today being good and sim­i­lar with Shen­zhen, over­all the sit­u­a­tion still reminds appalling. You can see by the charts that the two cities could not be more oppo­site. And the graph­i­cal image tells a fright­en­ing pic­ture of the sit­u­a­tion. The new Pres­i­dent of China, Xi Jin­ping was on the TV again recently declar­ing to sort out pol­lu­tion. But sadly not many Chi­nese peo­ple I speak to think any­thing will hap­pen any­time soon. So it could eas­ily sound just like an April Fools Day joke. How­ever, I am will­ing to wait until the smog clears and see what he will do. But then I am liv­ing in Shen­zhen where the prob­lem doesn’t exist.

(Blog posted by Ray on April 1, 2013. You can see the original article by following this link to