Tuesday 15 January 2013

Off to Beijing

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.

7 comments:

My Sinfonia said...

Such a shame. I was there about the same time some years ago and went to the Great Wall. It was magnificent. Icy ground and slippery though. So wear good flat shoes. It was very cold. Take gloves as well. My hands nearly froze onto the metal railings. Hope you have a good time!

Blur Ting said...

Thanks! It would be awesome if I have time to visit the Great Wall. And I hope for better weather conditions too.

Petunia Lee said...

Have a good trip!

The World According To Me said...

Have a good, safe, trip!
I've tagged you by the way, if you have any spare time soon!

The World According To Me said...

Have a good, safe, trip!
I've tagged you by the way, if you have any spare time soon!

Amel said...

Geez...so the pollution is also caused by that? I hope you didn't have to stay out too long...take care!!!

Anonymous said...

Hope that the situation has improved. Good luck!