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Least polluted cities and/or best Air Quality?
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MisterButtkins



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in Xining last summer and it wasn't polluted at all. I find it's position at number two hard to believe. There seems to be practically no industry in the city. It is the least developed city I've been to in China, not including smaller towns and such. Maybe I was just there at a lucky time?
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Turbotroll



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in Jinan for a full year my first year in China...I've never had bleeding sinuses before...My second year I was in Nanjing. Not sure where it ranks but it was a significant improvement. I'm trying for Beihai now specifically because it's (supposedly) one of the cleanest in China. Wish me luck!
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pbdecker04



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:54 am    Post subject: RE Reply with quote

Teaching in Xiamen now and the air quality here is pretty good-not perfect, I live across the bay from the city and you can still see a haze sometimes over the city- but much better than Beijing. I pretty much stopped running outside in Beijing but usually don't think twice here (again I am about 2 miles removed from the city itself and probably somewhat densensitized to air pollution after Beijing).

Best air quality in a city (albeit a small one) I've seen here is in Yining in Xinjiang, but Urumqi has pretty terrible air quality.Things change quickly too, the small city in Xinjiang I taught in seemed to have pretty good air quality when i arrived, beautiful views of snow covered mountains in the day, but that ended when the neighboring city finished some kind of oil facility with a Mt. Doom like tower that lit up the sky at night with a fireball and seemed to emit something that reduced visibility markedly during the day. Add in the heating plants in the winter, and the city only wound up being marginally better than Beijing (which is still my yardstick for rating a city's pollution).

That's an important point actually for anyone new to China reading this: wind and season play a big part in how much of a city's air pollution you can 'see' on a given day. Four great sunny days without visible pollution do not a healthy city make and I remember two years ago Beijing managed a run of a month with mostly blue skies, probably due to wind, etc. And things are liable to change somewhat anywhere in the North of China once indoor heating is turned on in the fall. I'll still posit that Beijing would/will be one of the best cities in the world to live in when/if it gets its pollution troubles in hand.
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astrayalien



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in Huizhou and I find it relatively clean.
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