As much as I loved visiting China two year ago, there is one thing about China that still drove me mad. The horrifying, dense layer of suffocating pollution that cripples most of the major Chinese cities.
China continues to have a major problem with pollution and not only does it look horrible it is bad for its people. Per a recent report in the New York Times, “Outdoor air pollution contributed to 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010, nearly 40 percent of the global total, according to a new summary of data from a scientific study on leading causes of death worldwide.”
We went to Beijing and Shanghai in November of 2011 and sadly all of my photos of the glorious landmarks such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and the skyline of Shanghai are cast in an ugly, eerie haze of pollution. I don’t remember ever seeing the sun the entire ten days we were there.
I always was annoyed with how poor these photos turned out after I got home from my trip. But I never tossed them out and am now able to use them for the Weekly Photo Challenge “Eerie”, as I find that they fit the bill quite well.
Last but not least, I had to include one more “eerie” photo from my Chinese collection. Dead chickens for sale at the market near the Great Wall. This made me give up chicken for the rest of the week.
This post was written in response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, “Eerie”. To see more entries, click here.