No Planes, No Trains, And No Automobiles As Record Smog Shuts Beijing

Tyler Durden's picture

China started re-opening roads and airports in Beijing and surrounding areas that have been shut by record high levels of smog. An estimated 430 million people were expected to travel during the holiday that ends today and with the air quality index "improving" from its highest possible level to below 200 (the line between heavy and medium pollution), some will be able to return home. The clips below are stunning (and no that is not 'fog'); summed up best by one Shanghai-based accountant that Bloomberg reports noted, "I won’t go to heavily polluted places like China’s north region as it’s either hazardous to your health or causes trouble when traveling."


Beijing Air Poluution Hits Highest


China smog shrouds Beijing and Northern China


Via Bloomberg,



“Beijing will see light rain tonight, which will make it easier for air pollutants to dissipate,” Beijing Meteorological Bureau said today in its official microblog. The bureau lifted a yellow alert on smog at 8:50 a.m., predicting that visibility will improve.


The closures yesterday of six expressways and disruption at Beijing Capital International Airport underscore the severity of pollution that has become the top cause of social unrest in China.




Police closed six expressways linking the capital city to Shanghai, Tianjin and Harbin yesterday, and 47 flights at Beijing Capital International Airport were affected.


Some parts of the expressways linking Beijing to Shanghai and Tianjin were still closed as of 9:40 a.m




The State Council, China’s cabinet, said last month it will cut coal consumption, close steel plants and control the number of cars on its roads to gradually eliminate heavily polluted days in as soon as a decade.




China will build a nationwide network within three to five years to monitor the impact of air pollution on health, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Oct. 5, citing the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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involuntarilybirthed's picture

The plants seem to like it.

SilverIsKing's picture

When I'm in Beijing, I order the Sweet and Sooty Chicken and get a glass of fine Beaujolais Windex to wash it down.

knukles's picture

See.  This is why America needs a carbon tax. 



NoDebt's picture

Looks like LA in the 70s.

Yet, somehow, it's all up to the US to stauch the slow (and better yet, imaginary) bleed of global warming..... er, climate change, or whatever they're calling it this week.

ACP's picture

Good point. Why isn't Tsar Obamba bombing China bombastically in the name of the environment?

Big Corked Boots's picture

We must destroy the planet in order to save it.

knukles's picture

I dunno what the big deal is...
Looks no different than Fresno on a hot midsummer's day with all the fucking pollution coming from San Francisco... and then the SF holierthanthoumotherfuckers go to Fresno and tell the Fresnoians they need to clean up their air in Fresno.

Amazing that a whole buncha SF'ers don't wind up in pink slime ground beef from Harris Farms...

Esso's picture

Egads! Can you get AIDS from a hamburger pattie?

sushi's picture

It depends on which orifice is used.


donsluck's picture

Do some research, Fresno's smog is mostly agricultural. San Francisco accounts for a small percentage.

NidStyles's picture

So we should listen to people that can't the basic chemistry correct?

ACP's picture

SF is more of a source of social pollution.

The inspiration for such newly passed laws that allow criminal aliens to get driver's licenses, practice law and for high school perverts to walk into female locker rooms to ogle and jerk off after saying they "identify with the female gender".

wee-weed up's picture



"SF is more of a source of social pollution."

Yep, them turds on the sidewalk are NOT dogshit!

cynicalskeptic's picture

LA has gotten better when compared to the 60's but it seems like there's ALWAYS a nice brown layer in the sky driving up out of California's Central Valley - the ever present smog filling the valley.... visually tartling wwhen you see it for the first time.

However this summer, the forest fires led to astoundingly bad air quality - first with the Bishop fire and then with the Yosemite Rim fire.  Reno, Tahoe and halfway to Sacremento weree worst hit with the latter. You could drive 395 uo the eastern Sierras and not even know there were mountains on either side of you.  Couldn't see the tops of the casinos in reno from the road - noce post Apocalyptic orange and brown sky - your lungs hurt from the air - for weeks.   Bad fires down by LA and up by the Oregon line - not to mention in Arizona and Idaho.   One good wildfire does wonders for air quality - and often manages to take out a bunch of homes built by millionaires to enjoy pristine 'wilderness'.   Going to get worse with the West getting drier.

And whatever you have to say about NYC, I've never seen the air anywhere's near as bad as it can be out in Ca.   The climate and demogrsphic fundamentals aren't good to start - favoring the creation of pollution- and the geography tends to trap the pollution 

CheapBastard's picture

Historic names in China are fun: Golden Swan, Peking Duck, Soaring Eagle.

The new names are quite different: Choking frog, smothered duck, boated pig.

The city neighborhoods are also new like Beijing's "Foggy Bottom" which seems a more accurate name then the American coutnerpart in DC.

Deo vindice's picture

Is it called "boated pig" because they float?

mofreedom's picture

cause the bomb's been stuck far beyond his rectum lo these many years.

Notarocketscientist's picture

Global warming will be stopped in its tracks as the cost of energy continues to climb.

Every $10 increase in a barrel of oil knocks 0.5% off GDP in developed countries.

Higher oil = economic collapse = permanent economic collapse.

Just wait a little longer - clear skies are on the way

involuntarilybirthed's picture

Beaujolais Windex?  That must be a French/Greek blend?

Stoploss's picture

What's not to like about breathing air you can see?

StychoKiller's picture

That has got to be the best comment at Chinese expense, ever!

"Make me laugh!"

akak's picture

It's got what prants clave!

Jugdish's picture

Ha !! That's the mutha fuckin bernank with some just for men and S & M suit on.

YHC-FTSE's picture


Nice. Haven't commented for awhile, so a compliment for your efforts is a good start I reckon. Most of the headlines these days could be "presented without comments" as we say around here simply because of their WTF contents that really defy the notion that there are bottom limits to human stupidity and infantile tantrums enacted by the so called "adults" in government. 

Anyway it's odd how we're led to be "shocked" by the mundane repeats of history and growing pains of developing countries.  The 1952 "Pea Souper" London fog that lasted several days killed an estimated 12,000 people - a combination of weather and pollution, so this is nothing. I suspect they'll be sorting themselves out sharpish after a few more pollution shocks just like the rest of us, unless they want an entire generation of brain damaged morons running things in the future (Like the rest of us).

bjfish's picture

Damn, I'm first & don't know what to say.

Teaser's picture

As usual, the chinese are smarter than us.  They skipped implementing Obamacare.  Instead, the smog will guarantee no one makes it past age 70!  Brilliant!

akak's picture

Looks like somebody's supposed non-resource-consuming citizenism is blobbing-up again.

Makes you wonder how much of this smog* is actually airborne dust originating from human-generated roadside .... stuff.


*It is, of course, illegal to call it smog in China though --- it is officially "atmospheric manifestation of glorious Chinese economic double lucky advancement vigorously".

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Ah, ah, Chinese Citizenism Communautist Party tells very sighted of shortness. Gives no reflection on unintended consequences much the dangdang.

No cars on roads gives roadsides into center lane expansionings. Give squatting Chinese citizenism citizens additional kilometers of unspoiled road surface plentifully and, well, citizenish impulsions are incitated fantaisically.

Skidmarks abound undubiously, even the moreso when automobilings resume on road surfaces slickened extremistically.

pods's picture

Well there goes any clear videos of more epic fail boat launches.


nmewn's picture

Chinese pedestrian It Tu Tic comments: "Can't twell rickshaw from AnAnonymous stealing lumber for his road side shit shack!"

McMolotov's picture

"Prease use fog rights and drive safery."

Milestones's picture

While in Beijing several years ago I had occasion to visit a few homes and small businesses. What these people were burning was compressed coal--dust in most part. Needless to say how that stuff burns plus who knows how much of that dust goes airborne thru the flue.

I can understand the pollution problem now, which is far greater than while I was there--which was bad.         Milestones

mofreedom's picture

Why when i speak chinese to my son that every, and i mean every, consanent is an R.

kralizec's picture

Sum Ting Wong...Ho Li Fuk...Bing Bang Ow!

akak's picture

Just have to bear with it.

Raging Debate's picture

Haha Mnewn mhake me raugh aso

The Alarmist's picture

It's the fault of those damned Tea Bagger radicals ... they want to starve kill your children, and they're doing it by making the Chinese pollute by making them worry too much about the value of the debt they are holding.

NoWayJose's picture

The thoroughly modern answer to a dangerous air pollution reading of 200 is to change the scale to make 200 normal and 300 dangerous.

Al Huxley's picture

That's my favorite thing about the modern fascist state - it's much easier to solve problems than it used to be.

knukles's picture

Now that is seriously warped funny truth.

nmewn's picture

It is isn't it...the man should be at a 100 ups by now, we are sooo fucked knukles.

Statistics & numbers don't lie, only people waving around stats & numbers lie.