Students in Hong Cheng High School in Haifeng County, Guangdong, wear masks all day long, and not (just) for pollution. The Hong Cheng school is brilliantly located just 200 meters from a garbage transfer station and several massive clothing factories, all of whose lovely aromas find their way directly to the students’ nostrils.
The garbage station is likely the biggest smell-offender, as it deals with some 10 tons of trash on a daily basis. All things considered, attending this school sounds pretty freaking horrible, and The Nanfang has some gritty, smelly details:
The smell roughly began last semester, and it became even more pungent when the sun comes out after a heavy rain fall. The smell was so unbearable that “it compels one to vomit,” said one student surnamed Huang.
Classes were even disrupted because of the odor. When the wind blows the smell into the classroom, teachers often pause to let the odor disperse before they resume with the class, Huang said.
The principal said they had complained about the situation to the local environmental protection department a number of times, but nothing has changed.
On the bright side, the school’s population of smelly kids with few friends has plummeted, as the surrounding air now provides immaculate scent-camouflage.