I spent a summer living in Beijing and I don’t really remember any sunny days. I remember hot, steamy, gritty days, but never the kind of days that would inspire long, leisurely strolls or picnics in the park. Men and women carried parsols to block out harmful UV rays pouring down through the very real hole in the ozone.
Now Shanghai seems to have passed Beijing as one of China’s most polluted major cities. Shanghaiist, a sort of Gawker for English speaking ex-pats and others, offers up this post and to really know how ordinary residents are coping with the smog, scroll down to the comments. Here is a lot of anger, frustration, black humor, more than a passing familiarity with the AQI (air quality index) and tips and URLs for DIY air purifyers.