Nothing says ‘Happy National Day’ like 225 micrograms of PM2.5. Much of northern China will be covered in smog throughout Golden Week, despite wonderful government
lies boasts about the nation’s steadily improving air quality.
South China Morning Post reports:
As of noon on Monday, the Beijing environmental monitoring centre put the air quality index that measures the amount of tiny particles which critically damage health, PM2.5, at 225 micrograms per cubic metre. The US embassy’s readings put the number at around 200 and described the situation as “very unhealthy”.
Smog will cover Beijing, Tianjin, large parts of Hebei province, and partial regions in Shanxi, Shandong, and Shaanxi provinces on Monday, said a forecast on the website. It advised the public to wear a mouth-muffler outdoors and to avoid intense exercise.