Air you can see

The scale of pollution in China is visibly clear (irony + oxymoron! *slow clap*) from this photo of a national park that is 9,500sqkm in size. This is Zhangjiajie – otherwise known as The Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar. That was the last of my travels in China, and I know I will not want to step foot into Motherland for any leisure trips ever again.

Bearing in mind that I foolishly erased all my photographs in the synchronisation process, all I had in my hands now are the best selected pictures of the days which I posted on my WeChat gallery (Chinese instagram, in a sense). There you go, the best photos captured the quality of air during the low tourist season. It isn’t mist and dewdrops you are seeing. It isn’t the soft condensation of morning freshness that wafts into the tents at normal national parks. These are PM2.5 and PM10 that you are seeing, and at an index of minimum 150. I remember checking the AQI everyday before setting out, so that I am prepared enough for any adversities. These were times when the places we planned to visit were in the league of AQI 200-300, and our maps were almost a range of reds and blacks. By the way, AQI 300 was the maximum registered, which meant that these places were probably way beyond that.

If I may just rub it in a little, here is a snippet of conversation that transpired between Jack Ma and Justin Trudeau at around the 07:00 mark.


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