8 things you might not know about China's smog

By Guan Weiwei
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1. The 31 provincial regions on China's mainland reported 4.7 smoggy days on average in 2013, the highest since 1961, according to figures released by the China Meteorological Administration.

2. A total of 600 million people in 17 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions have been affected by lingering smog, according to a report published on the website of National Development and Reform Commission.

3. Chinese consumers have spent 870 million yuan (US$143 million) online buying anti-smog products including air purifiers and masks, according to an annual consumer report published by e-commerce giant Taobao.

4. The number of patients admitted to several hospitals in Beijing for breathing problems rose by 20 percent in 2013. Hospital admittance of emphysema and asthma patients increased by up to 50 percent.

5. Numerous foreigners chose to leave China due to the health risks. An unnamed foreign company in China pays an additional 150,000 yuan (US$24,405) per year to expatriate workers as a hardship allowance.

6. Beijing authorities have pledged 760 billion yuan (US$125 billion) to improve the city's air quality by 2017.

7. Hebei Province alone shut down 8,347 heavily polluting companies in 2013.

8. Smog unifies the Chinese people, makes them more conscious about their health and more willing to show love to each other.

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