As the Golden Week holiday winds to a close, millions of people are returning to Beijing to find it covered in a layer of familiar smog. Home sweet home.
China’s National Meteorological Center issued a yellow alert in the nation’s capital for the third day running earlier today with visibility at just over half a mile. A yellow alert means that air pollution is at hazardous levels in which outdoor activities should be avoided.
Which is some unfortunate timing, because Beijing just happens to be hosting the China Open tennis tournament. Spectators have packed the stadium donning protective masks to watch some of the world’s best players serve through the heavy haze.
While some players have gone online to complain about “choking” on the air, nothing yet has been heard from Novak Djokovic, who has been known to describe the air quality in Beijing as “not ideal.”
Still, there are worse places to be:
[Images via NetEase // CCTV]