I'm leaving for Beijing tonight, not for leisure but for work. I've heard lots of good things about Beijing, like the Peking duck, Forbidden City and how huge Tiananmen Square really is.
But as air pollution reach record highs, I wonder if I would even dare to venture out into the streets at all. The city is suffering its coldest winter in nearly three decades, leading people to turn up their heat mostly by burning more polluting coal. It sounds like the worst time to be there.
I get dizzy just looking at the air quality index with readings well into the 700s on a 0-500 scale. Anything above 300 is considered hazardous. I'm bringing my warmest winter wear and face masks. Wish me luck.