Pollution blankets Beijing

 
 
 
  • Rows of intravenous drips are lined up for parents taking their kids to hospital for flu treatment in Beijing. Public anger in China is soaring as dangerous levels of air pollution blanket Beijing in acrid smog. (AFP)
  • A cyclist wearing a mask prepares to cross a road during severe pollution in Beijing. Air quality data released via the US embassy Twitter feed recorded air quality index levels so hazardous that they were classed as 'Beyond Index'. (Ed Jones, AFP)
  • A couple stand on a roadside during severe pollution in Beijing. The particle matter figure reached 728 on a scale that stops at 500; the US embassy website advised against all outdoor activity. (Ed Jones, AFP)
  • Pedestrians wearing masks wait to cross a road. (Ed Jones, AFP)
  • A woman wearing a mask walks on a street during severe pollution in Beijing. (Ed Jones, AFP)
  • A couple wearing face masks walks in a busy shopping area. (Ed Jones, AFP)
  • Two Chinese men walk along a railway line in Beijing as dense smog shrouds the city. (Wang Zhao, AFP)
  • This picture taken on January 12, 2013 shows sun light being reflected in a window of a building in Beijing. (Wang Zhao, AFP)
  • (Wang Zhao, AFP)
  • This handout picture from Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei shows Ai Weiwei wearing a gas mask. (AFP)
  • Air pollution hangs over the skyline as the sun rises over the central business district in Beijing. Dense smog shrouded the city with pollution at hazardous levels for a fourth day and residents were advised to stay indoors. (Mark Ralston, AFP)
  • A general view shows buildings in the fog and haze at a central business district in Beijing. (Wang Zhao, AFP)
  • A Chinese man looks on in front of the the Forbidden City in Beijing which is blanketed in acrid smog. (Wang Zhao, AFP)
  • This combination of photos shows (top) the Beijing skyline during severe pollution on January 14, 2013, and the same view (bottom) taken during clear weather on February 4, 2012. (Ed Jones, AFP)