Living in the smog of China

Pollution alerts have become increasingly common in China, especially during winter when energy demand - much of it met by coal - skyrockets. [20 photos total]

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A chimney of a power plant is pictured among smog as a red alert for air pollution is issued in Beijing. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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A man cooks in open air as heavy smog blankets Shengfang, in Hebei province, on an extremely polluted day with red alert issued. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
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People make their way through heavy smog on an extremely polluted day with red alert issued, in Shengfang, Hebei province. (REUTERS/Damir Sagol) #
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Women wearing face masks wait for the bus on an extremely polluted day with red alert issued, in Langfang, Hebei province. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
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A street food vendor prepares food for customers as heavy smog blankets Shengfang, in Hebei province, on an extremely polluted day with red alert issued. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
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A woman wearing a face mask rides a moped on an extremely polluted day with red alert issued, in Langfang, Hebei province. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
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People enjoy their time inside the Jiutian Greenhouse in Langfang, Hebei province, as the region goes through the period of extreme air pollution with red alert issued. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
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A man swims in a lake in smog during a heavily polluted day in Beijing. China Daily/via REUTERS #
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People wearing masks stand in smog during a heavily polluted day in Beijing. China Daily/via REUTERS #
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People make their way through heavy smog on an extremely polluted day with red alert issued, in Shengfang, Hebei province. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
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People ride a bus on an extremely polluted day with red alert issued, in Langfang, Hebei province. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
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A woman wearing a mask walks along a bridge in smog during a polluted day in Tianjin. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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Sun is seen in smog during sunset on a polluted day as a red alert for air pollution is issued in Beijing. (REUTERS/Jason Lee) #
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People ride during heavy smog in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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People walk across a road in smog during a polluted day in Tianjin. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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Buildings are seen in heavy smog in Harbin, Heilongjiang province. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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Artist Liu Bolin wearing a vest with 24 mobile phones walks in smog as he live broadcasts air pollution in the city on the fourth day after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing. (REUTERS/Jason Lee) #
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A woman sits on the back of a motorcycle in smog during a polluted day in Liaocheng, Shandong province. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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People wait for the bus on an extremely polluted day with red alert issued, in Langfang, Hebei province. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
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People sit on a bench at a park in heavy smog during a polluted day in Beijing. (REUTERS/Stringer) #

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