Moreover EVERY image I've seen of China's rural landscape has the scenery disappearing into a milky haze long before the any possibility of viewing an horizon....and I haven't even mentioned the polluted rivers and lakes.
China is very obviously not a clean country...
Mike.China has been making progress to reduce pollution. Still filthy compared to Australia though. (AQI is typically 10 in Melbourne, 80-100 in Hong Kong and Beijing etc).
As for India (and other nearby countries like Bangladesh), it's terrible and only getting worse (AQI of 150+ in Delhi today). One has to ask the question - is allowing Adani to pilfer our coal bad for the health of those who live in South Asia?
Ok first of all as I've told Don, if you travel the world via a laptop, especially using Australian Media, take everything with a grain of salt. Yes, I saw the story two weeks back of a woman in Dubai be supposedly arrested for having "one Glass of Complimentary wine on Emirates Flight", what I pile of crap.
- No mention of trying to enter the UAE on an expired EU passport, despite boarding the flight with a valid Iranian passport,
- No mention of her ranting and yelling,
- No mention of her breaking the law of filming a govt official,
- No mention of how many drinks she really had (my neighbor is head of on board security training for EK),
- No mention that immigration offered her an alternative option that required a simple fee to be paid to use her valid Iranian passport over her expired Swedish passport,
- No mention she was never separated from her daughter
- No mention she was proposed and deported within 24h
- No mention her business in Dubai that she claimed she lost her life savings over because of the issue at the airport was actually illegal medical practice (cosmetic) operating outside her qualified area of Dentistry.
So like when the Media reports on anything rail we know is often based on lose truths, at best, likewise I'm seeing increasingly similar standard level when applied to anything outside the Australian coastline. I now its so bad that when back in Australia in July/August this year, I never once bothered to watch the news.
So you can believe what you saw before, or you can look at my photos on my Facebook taken in June this year in five cities and on business road trips up to 150km from each of those cities spread out over nearly 300km in a mostly East West alignment, including Bejing, which we visited twice in the two week period.
As the local guide told us, 2015 was Bejing at its worse, major changes were made that year and every year since. I've listed some above previously, there are many more and yes come winter this year there is likely to be a few days of media grabbing attention. Put 600M people into the space of Victoria / NSW and its unlikely you will ever have a pristine atmosphere 100% of the time, however the pollution control standards are rapidly surpassing that of even some EU nations, they still however have gaps and these are being worked on at a rate that would leave the average Australian EPA department in a head spin. Honestly when you drive into the country side into an area that all you can see is factories as far as the eye can see and NOT one stack has a visible plume, that pretty impressive.
Carnot, I would not call China filthily compared to Australia, Australian's regarding personal littering have alot to learn. Finding rubbish lying around is difficult. The same cannot be said about Australia, especially highways. Australian standards are artificiality made to look better than they are by low density population and limited industry. Also remember the desert creates a dust haze on its own.
I've spent alot of time in India, its a S__t hole of pollution, almost everywhere. They know they have a problem, one day they will learn, however I suspect a revolution will take place first.