By Michael Evans
After three days of heavy smog, Beijing continues to record worrying PM2.5 readings, which by 11pm Saturday night had surged to 900 in some areas, far beyond the maximum of 500 on the US embassy’s measurement scale (which lists levels from 301 to 500 as “hazardous”).
The smog, which some expats have dubbed “airpocalypse” is expected to continue until Wednesday, according to the capital’s meteorologists.
Many other areas across China have been affected by the smog, which has cancelled flights in Shandong and closed highways in Jiangxi. In 33 of the 74 cities which currently monitor air quality, PM2.5 levels have exceeded 300.