Winter 2016 - For the first time ever, the city of Shanghai (and probably of Nanjing) entered the year of the monkey with a very quiet night. For safety and environmental reasons, the usual fireworks and firecrackers hysteria was forbidden downtown by the local government. (read the full story This is a very big cultural change which was implemented very strictly. Fireworks and other noisy traditional firecrackers are used for important events in China, such as weddings, opening of shops or companies and lunar new year celebrations.
Pollution in Beijing (and even Shanghai) at the end of 2015 reached terrible levels, there have been a lot of comments in the Chinese and international news about air pollution in China. AQI (air quality index) and PM2.5 (particle matters 2.5 micro gram per cubic meter) are the most popular data used to measure pollution in China which is mainly related to fine particles in the air. We will study in this series of posts the pollution in Beijing, compare it to previous years and to other cities such as Guangzhou and Shanghai, Paris.