Huge swaths of north and central China have been living under a pollution “red alert” since last Friday when a dangerous cocktail of pollutants transformed the skies into a yellow and charcoal-tinted haze.
Ctrip, China’s leading online travel agent, said it expected 150,000 travellers to head abroad this month in a bid to outrun the smog. Top destinations include Australia, Indonesia, Japan and the Maldives.
Yang Xinglin, who also fled to Chongli, said she had requested time off from her job at a state-owned real estate firm so she did not have to inhale the smog.
smog had paralysed airports in Beijing and across the country’s northern industrial heartland in cities
A big part of what happened is that the steel price went up when the government started a huge wave of construction projects to stimulate the economy,” he said.
steel producers had “gone on a tear” leading to increased emissions