Latest News:  

English>>China Society

Cities 'gravely polluted' as haze covers regions


08:36, January 30, 2013

BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- The smoogy weather that has choked many Chinese cities in recent days affected a total area of 1.3 million square kilometers, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said Tuesday.

The MEP's monitoring on Tuesday morning showed that the hardest-hit regions included the cities of Beijing and Tianjin, the provinces of Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Shanxi and Jiangsu, central China cities of Hefei and Wuhan, and the southwestern city of Chengdu.

The cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang and Jinan were "gravely polluted"; and air pollution of other cities like Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Xi'an, Hefei, Nanjing, Shenyang and Changchun were rated one level lower, as "seriously polluted", as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Beijing has seen its air quality worsen since Monday, with a significant thickening of the PM 2.5, or airborne particles measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the average concentration of PM 2.5 was tested at 354 micrograms per cubic meter.

It was the fourth round of heavy smog to hit Beijing in four weeks.

The meteorological authorities forecast that the haze will thin out by rain and snow that will begin Wednesday night. However, smog will continue to linger in central and eastern regions of the country on Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday daytime.

Earlier this month, several consecutive days of smoggy weather choked Beijing and other cities in north and east China, as readings for PM 2.5 far exceeded safe levels.

We Recommend:

Photos: Chinese Style in 2012

Aged ladies' dancing dream

China’s weekly story (2013.01.09-01.19)

Heartbreaking farewell to hero schoolmaster

9-year-old girl holds up a family

Living in Beijing on monthly income of 10,000 yuan

Who has stolen our air quality?

'Children's weddings' held in kindergarten

Photos: Cities and villages surrounded by pollution


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Submarine flotilla in torpedo rapid-support

  2. Soldiers in emergency military drill

  3. The world in photos (2013.1.21-1.27)

  4. Panda 'Yaya' trained in China's Shaanxi

  5. Buildings collapse after subsidence

  6. Dense fog stages a choking comeback

  7. Hangzhou Song and Dance Troupe

  8. Glamor actresses in 'Legend of Zhen Huan'

  9. China to build its first third-generation nuclear plant

  10. Nation's wind farms heading offshore

Most Popular


  1. Cities should keep memories of yesterday
  2. Single children 'little emperors'
  3. Domestic lenders need global outlook
  4. Flu awareness still lacking in China
  5. 'China's demographic dividend disappearing'
  6. Purpose of Japanese politicians' China tour
  7. Why world focus on China's anti-corruption
  8. Japan PM: Door open for talks with China
  9. Y-20 marks transformation of PLA air force
  10. Is UK's withdrawal from EU a show?

What’s happening in China

Buildings collapse after subsidence in S China

  1. China uses PM 2.5 in weather alert system
  2. Power plants should adopt multi-pollutant control
  3. Kids more vulnerable to environment
  4. Flu awareness comes in from the cold
  5. S China official expelled from CPC for bribery