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i was last in chengdu in '99, do they still have trees and old wooden buildings? it used to be a charming city, no idea if anything is left, you know how china is.

the really bad air is in poorer inland places, where they burn more coal: xi'an, changsha, chongqing, chengde, and most of the north china plain were all positively noxious. and, of course, beijing during a sandstorm is asphyxiating, if fun in a sort of apocalyptic sort of way.

by wu ming on Sun Aug 1st, 2010 at 10:55:30 AM EST
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