Dangerous “Airpocalypse” Descends On Beijing

China’s capital is blanketed in “hazardous” smog causing highways and schools to be closed.

2. The US Embassy in Beijing sent out a warning on Wednesday, Jan. 15, that the air quality level had gone above 500 or “beyond index.” The concentration of toxic small particles in the air registered more than two dozen times the level considered safe.

7. Last November, alarming levels of smog shut down the city of Harbin in Heilongjiang province,. The local airport was closed and classes suspended in schools.

Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

Smoke from a chimney rises in Harbin. The fireworks display that had been held every year of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on its opening night was cancelled this year, with organizers citing Harbin’s bad air as a reason.

9. Last year, Beijing reported 58 days of serious pollution, which is one every six to seven days on average, according to the director of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center.

AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan

A tourist takes photos during a heavily polluted day on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Jan. 16.

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