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Pollution Masks for Beijing

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Pollution Masks for Beijing

I have been watching the news on the air quality in Beijing and it is pretty scary. In Beijing in April with my elderly father and thinking I should pick up masks for both of us.

Does anyone know what types of mask to wear and where you can get them?

Thanks

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31. Re: Pollution Masks for Beijing

How many is 'a handful of days'? In the past 4 years, in which I've spent perhaps spent two months abroad, I'd say blue skies were easily evident in triple figures. None of this reminiscing, of course, gives anyone the chance to better estimate how it will be in the future. Sometimes it's very bad indeed, sometimes not.

Current pollution levels can be checked here: http://aqicn.org/city/beijing/ I don't know of any historical sites summarizing this kind of data.

Magog, Canada
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32. Re: Pollution Masks for Beijing

@IamJak - this is a "slight" exaggeration to say the least.

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34. Re: Pollution Masks for Beijing

@jeanne-pierre - not at all.

Magog, Canada
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35. Re: Pollution Masks for Beijing

With comments like you can't see the front of your hands, you obviously lose all crdibility in your comments.

And blue skies only a handful of days in the last four years? Come on, we are not idiot. I lived in Beijing until recently and had blue skies all the time. I was back there last month for a week and had blue skies every single day. Sorry but everything you say has no credibility whatsoever including the jogging foreigner.

Los Angeles...
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36. Re: Pollution Masks for Beijing

My fiance shi Beijingren, I see all the time, I have only seen blue skies once or twice in the past 4 years. Just in December you could see pollution as close up as your hands, right now it is not that bad, but you can see it in front of a building across the street, which is pretty bad.

I've never seen this problem in Canadian cities like Toronto or Vancouver when I was there.

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37. Re: Pollution Masks for Beijing

Do you know....

that you can search google for "beijing wangfujing" or any crowded/touristy places in Beijing (since this is tourist website)......choose to see images....then set the search tool to show the images uploaded in the last week or whatever you choose...............

Then just see how bad the smog was...........

Los Angeles...
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38. Re: Pollution Masks for Beijing

Doesn't help much, just looked through, most of the pictures were filled with smog.

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