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Old 06-21-2013, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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As Beijing air pollution worsens, some American expats clear out - latimes.com

wow- I had no idea air quality in Beijing is this bad.
Yeah, it is pretty bad. I talked my husband into letting me go along during one of his business trips. I figured that it was probably the only opportunity to explore Beijing and China at that. The first thing I noticed was how stinky and hazy it was. It was horrible. I woke up every single day with a scratchy throat. Definitely not a good thing. There is no way that we would ever move there no matter how good the offer was. I know that dust is an issue in some parts, but it was clear in Beijing that it was all pollution. It is very sad.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Texas
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And it's not just Beijing, all of the big cities over there are that way. I've been to Guangzhou a few times, and I've seen the sky glow orange due to the sun trying to break through the thick pollution.

The comment made by the Chinese official that the pollution is not a deal breaker, that the job scope and availability there is better than Europe or North America is kind of laughable. My wife is from China, and even in our economic downturn here in the US she had more opportunities available to her than she would have had back in China. Her sister who still lives back there is college educated, brilliant with perfect grades but yet the only job she could possibly get was some kind of office admin/paper pusher job that she was able to get because her parents knew somebody who had connections. And that is where she plans to stay because she doesn't have other real options unless someone else with connections has something else better to offer. Talking to her about it is interesting, they don't look at their job situations as we do where they can always be on the hunt for jobs they would like better- though it's a booming economy the place is seemingly over populated, so the competition for jobs (especially good ones) is FIERCE. And so for that reason, many there still see the US as a better option not only for the much cleaner air/environment and better living conditions, but even for better job prospects.
lol, if you compare the U.S with a third world country, you will probably be convinced that the U.S is the greatest country in the world.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:36 PM
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There are certain areas of land filled with computer hardware/peripherals melted down.....can't imagine the toxic fumes emanating from those areas exacerbating the problem.
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:29 PM
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Check out this latest video report......pretty bad...can barely see things in Beijing.

China's smog now 20 times worse than safe levels

http://news.yahoo.com/video/china-39...46198-cbs.html
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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And it will only get worse in the spring when the fine sand comes blowing in from the Gobi desert. Happens every year.
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Terra
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^ Actually, the spring wind is now welcomed because it blows away the toxic pollution. The sandstorms haven't been bad in the last couple of years.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:03 PM
 
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Every developing country (that is actually developing) is polluted. India is even worse than China though the media is less interested in India. Not every country can afford living like Swiss.
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:56 AM
 
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And it's not just Beijing, all of the big cities over there are that way. I've been to Guangzhou a few times, and I've seen the sky glow orange due to the sun trying to break through the thick pollution.
Yes it isn't only Beijing. I worked twice in China in Jinan (capital of Shandong Province) when it wasn't too bad. But colleagues of mine that just returned from there in December said it was much worse now and one needs to buy an air-purifier to bring them from the USA for their Chinese apts. So I doubt I would want to return as it is dangerous to one's health.
Got dirty air? Try washing it|Across America|chinadaily.com.cn
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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Every developing country (that is actually developing) is polluted. India is even worse than China though the media is less interested in India. Not every country can afford living like Swiss.
Plenty of other Asian nations, e.g. the Four Asian Tigers, developed without destroying their environment. China's political and economic systems are somewhat efficient, but inherently corrupt hence their worse conditions.

India is a bureaucratic and infrastructure mess so not a great example. On my first trip to Asia I think I will be skipping both these countries......
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:55 PM
 
Location: New York City
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It’s not just the expats, but the Chinese themselves who are leaving—if they can afford it—and migrating to America. It’s a huge intellectual and economic drain that will only get bigger if they don’t address the pollution issue.

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