1. The LED screen shows the rising sun on the Tiananmen Square which is shrouded with heavy smog on January 16, 2014 in Beijing, China. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
2. The LED screen shows the blue sky on the Tiananmen Square at dangerous levels of air pollution on January 23, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
In this week’s issue, Ian Johnson writes about Handan, one of the ten most polluted cities in China: (http://nyr.kr/17W9JhL)
Handan is situated in Hebei Province, which accounts for ten per cent of the world’s output of steel. “On bad days, you cannot see the other side of a four-lane road,” Johnson writes. “Earlier this year, a factory leaked a toxic chemical in to the Zhuozhang River, which feeds the city’s reservoir. The river turned brown, dead fish were found floating on the surface, and city’s water was cut off overnight.”
The photographer Sim Chi Yin travelled to Handan to document the pollution. A look at the photos: http://nyr.kr/17W9Ny2
Photograph by Sim Chi Yin/VII.
Anyone and everyone who’s adventured across China on a train will know that it’s not just about getting from point A to point B; it’s about the journey itself and the people you meet along the way. Wang Fuchun took this to the next level ever since the 1970’s.- http://bit.ly/17Q6eas