The Chinese capital Beijing is in a thick fog due to severe pollution in the early days of the New Year.
|Pollution fog covered Beijing during the New Year’s Eve. Photo: Reuters|
According to Reuters, visibility in Beijing on February 13, the second of the Lunar New Year, is severely limited because of the fog. The tops of the tallest buildings on the east side of the city were almost completely covered in fog.
The Xinhua News Agency reported that the amount of PM 2.5, the air quality index based on the measurement of matter particles with the size of less than or equal to 2.5 micrometres (μm), in urban areas of Beijing has risen. up to 239 micrograms / m3.
The local authorities issued a yellow warning, the second highest on a four-level scale of Chinese heavy air pollution warning (low to high, blue, yellow, orange and red) since November 11. /2.
“The atmosphere is terrible. Opening the Lunar New Year with weather like this is really boring,” Katie Li, 35, an employee in the cosmetics industry shared on the way to the gym.
Employees in charge of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in the north of the Chinese capital said they had received about 5,000 tourists on Feb. 13, much lower than the usual capacity of 20,000 people. , the number has been limited to almost half for the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some tourists complain of fog blocking views. However, others, such as Brandon Chen, a 32-year-old bank employee, are not feeling much of a hit.
“Although the air quality is not very good, it is very important for the Chinese to go to a peak in the new year. Doing so means things will get better for you and your life will get more prosperous over time, ”explained Chen.
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