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Linfen, a city in Shanxi is greatly polluted due to the large amount of pollutants produced from automobiles and burning coals. Even China's State Environmental Protection Agency stated that this is China's worst controlled city in environmental control. With the amount of pollutants being released into the air, at least 3 million people were affected. Time stated that if anyone tries to dry their clothes by hanging them out to dry, most probably you end up with soot concentrated washed clothes. That bad huh, even the locals cannot withstand it by commenting "The place of our is no good". Welcome to China's hell.

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Tianying, the other city of hell, produces masses lead and heavy metal pollutants. At least 140,000 people were affected. Tianying being an industrial city, faces difficulties by the government in any efforts to keep it air purified. Industrialists will always vie with the environmentalist on a hold of this piece of land.

At least I am satisfied and contented knowing that Shanghai, another city with killing lungs air, had managed to lower the amount of pollutants this year. Apparently, I have to agree that, there seemed to be less rain and more sunshine with clear blue sky this year compared to last year. Still determined to come to Shanghai. Let it be known there are more things than air to consider. But still, its a great city to live in.

source:  Images from Time, original article by Bryan Walsh.