Locals from Qingyuan prefecture in northern Guangdong have set up a mountain top stall and have begun selling bags of fresh air to tourists escaping the city.
According to NetEase, the proprietors of the stall are residents of the Lianshan Zhuang and Yao autonomous county who have decided to capitalize on the relatively fresh air enjoyed in the mountains. Prices start at 10 yuan, rising to 30 yuan for a large bag.
Although the mention of Guangdong conjures up images of the Guangzhou or Shenzhen urban sprawl, 85 percent of the province is covered in forest. With Lianshan county apparently the greenest area within the province, numerous city dwellers escape from the Pearl Delta Region and drive up into the mountains to escape the smog.
The fresh air sellers are marketing their product as the perfect way to take some of the mountain air back with them to the city, which doesn’t quite explain why all these tourists look like they’re getting high from the bagged up fresh air which already surrounds them.
Unfortunately it looks like the residents of Qingyuan were beaten to the market by a group of Canadians, who in 2014 began selling fresh air taken from mountains of Alberta for 400 yuan a bottle.