Chinese Fleeing to Iceland and Antarctica to Survive Airpocalypse

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Chinese Fleeing to Iceland and Antarctica to Survive Airpocalypse Beijing smog from Kevin Dooley/Flickr with CC BY 2.0

Environmental pollution in China gets worse as winter rolls in. The Chinese are packing their bags and taking off to places like Iceland and Antarctica to avoid the impending “Airpocalypse.”

Chinese officials have issued health warnings to 62 cities in China including its capital Beijing on January 1, 2017. This is due to the dense smog that envelopes majors parts of the country.

With the PM2.5 recorded in January 3, the country can no longer turn a blind eye to the problem of the ever-growing pollution. People are being forced to cover their faces with anti-pollution masks every time they step outside their homes.

Smog Destroying Chinese Economy; Government Stalls Taking Serious Action

The situation has gotten so alarming, even Chinese economy is taking a hit. Tourism industry in China has plummeted to an all-time low. Most of the flights to and from the country are either facing cancellation or getting delayed.

Even restaurants and shopping malls are losing business as more and more people are choosing to stay within the comforts of their homes, unless absolutely necessary to go outside. But instead of tackling the problem head-on, the Chinese government is taking a detour.

“Open-air barbecues, garbage incineration, biomass burning, dust from roads — these acts of non-compliance with regulations are actually the result of lax supervision and weak law enforcement,” announced mayor Cai Qi, reported Xinhua.

But local law enforcement breaking up a residential barbeque party or two isn’t going to solve the pollution problem. In fact, it is not even going to control it. This is because coal-burning plants in the outskirts of the country are one of the main culprits that cause pollution.

If the government wants to rectify the root of the issue, banning vehicular smoke and cutting back on coal consumption is the way to go. As of now, only Beijing planned to shut down 500 high-polluting factories and upgrade 2,560 others in the following month.

Chinese Escaping To Smog-Free Areas

People are not taking any chances. Instead of waiting around for the government to take appropriate action, they are opting to temporarily relocate to places such as Seychelles, Maldives and Iceland this winter.

According to Bloomberg, the “Smog Escape Travel” is trending all over China. People are searching for terms like “smog escape,” “lung cleansing” and “forests.” Picking up on the recent trend, Chinese airlines are offering travel packages to places where people can enjoy smog-free, fresh air.

Phuket in Thailand, Bali in Indonesia, and Jeju in South Korea are getaways getting popular among Chinese. Others include Sanya on southern Hainan island, Xiamen, and Guilin.

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