How much does it cost to breathe easy in China? Well, how does 18 yuan sound?
Cans of fresh mountain air recently went on sale in the smoggy city of Xi’an with residents being invited to stock up on some clean air taken from the nearby Qinling mountain range.
While many independent opportunistic entrepreneurs have already tried to get China’s choking city-dwellers to pay for more breathable air, this effort was actually a bit different since it was initiated by the local forestry bureau with the government investing 200,000 yuan into the project.
“This is the first stage of the government placing a tax on air,” wrote one netizen in response to the situation.
At 18 yuan a can, the prices are certainly lower than what you have to pay to get a premium breath of fresh Canadian or Australian air, but it’s still not quite as cheap as those 1 yuan bags of air we saw on sale at a Xi’an mall last year.
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