Saturday, December 29, 2007

Beijing Bound

I'm at a cheap motel near the Nambu Bus Terminal. The plan is to wake early, take a taxi to the City Air Terminal at COEX, check in there and go to Beijing.

Then, I look at the news, and see that Beijing is under a pollution warning. Boy, I picked a good time to visit.

The following picture and paragraph are from an AP story at Breitbart. Note the haze is pollution not fog.
Beijingers were warned to stay indoors on Thursday as pollution levels across the capital hit the top of the scale, despite repeated assurances by the government that air quality was improving.

"This is as bad as it can get," a spokeswoman for the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau told AFP.

"Level five is the worst level of air pollution. This is as bad as it has been all year."

According to the bureau's website, 15 out of the 16 pollution monitoring stations in urban Beijing registered a "five" for air quality rating.

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