Another Perspective on Beijing Air Quality

Yep, air quality was bad this weekend. But, no, some gray blanket of smog wasn’t laid over the city for all eternity.

For example, here’s a picture I took from the roof of my apartment complex (about 30 floors) at 4 pm today:

At that time, the Beijing AQI was 117… which translates to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”, but certainly breathable enough.

Right now, around 6:30 pm, the index is at 277… it might just get into the 300+ range, which would mean hazardous conditions.

Air quality during the summer and winter months can be positively manic.

But, during the six or so years I’ve lived here, I’ve seen the overall air quality improve year after year.

The factors behind Beijing’s air quality are complex.

I don’t think that the myopic reporting being done by most Western media outlets is helping people understand the situation.




  1. thanks for helping us understand this better. i’m glad to hear that it has improved steadily over the six years you are living in beijing.

  2. Thanks for that perspective Rob. I was going to ask you about those reports we’ve been seeing. It does sound bad, but not the disaster that we read about in the western press. I was glad to hear your view.


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