Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
though living here, i forgot it.

since 2007, i've lived in Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province, just south of Shanghai) for a year, and Chengdu (Sichuan Province, in the southwest of the country) for six months, and while i was appalled by the pollution in those two places on many an occasion, they did not compare to what i've seen here this summer.

Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes.

by marco on Sat Jul 31st, 2010 at 09:41:16 AM EST
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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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