China to Sell Canned and Bottled Air to Tourists
China's pollution problems are well known but luckily for urban residents in smog-plagued cit...
China's pollution problems are well known but luckily for urban residents in smog-plagued cities relief is on the way.
A mountainous county in the Chinese countryside has begun selling tinned "fresh air" to aid urban residents sick of the smog.
Tourism and environmental staff have been busy collecting air from the Laojun Mountain in the country's central Henan Province.
How you know what you are buying really is "fresh mountain air" and not just an empty glass bottle is anyone's guess.
It could be a brilliant business move or a laughably bad scam.
Duan Junwei, deputy director of China's Tourism Bureau, said the first batch of tinned forest air would be handed out to urban citizens for free.
However after that, anyone wanting some more fresh air will have to pay for it.
Air quality in China's cities is notoriously poor and is regularly above the World Health Organisation's daily recommendations.
Air pollution is measured in terms of PM2.5, which means particulate matter 2.5 micrometers in diameter, which are absorbed by the lungs and can cause heart and lung disease.
A level of 300 or above is viewed as a serious health hazard and Beijing's air quality frequently soars above 500 and on January 12 reached a high of 755.
One Beijing resident told Reuters: "I go outside, walk for about 20 minutes, and my throat hurts and I feel dizzy."