Chinese Travel Co. Ships Bags of Mountain Air to Smog-Filled Province

April 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM 1 comment

Mountain air via Blazer003 wikimedia commons

(Image Blazer003 via Wikimedia Commons)

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke:

Proving that China’s fight against pollution has moved decisively into the realm of parody, bags containing mountain air were shipped into one particularly smog-addled city over the weekend.

No, it wasn’t a scene from Spaceballs. According to the organizer, a Henan-based travel company, 20 bright blue bags of air were shipped to Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan province, as a special treat for residents. The air originated from Laojun Mountain, some 120 miles away from the city, and was brought as part of a promotional gimmick to show oxygen-deprived city residents what they’re missing.

In its account of the event, the state-run China News Service said that some of the residents who lined up for the chance to inhale—they were limited to a few minutes each—tried to wring the bags in order to extract every bit of air possible.

“I felt my baby move right when I breathed in,” one pregnant woman who participated in the event told the agency.

More (including photos)…

China has a verrry serious air pollution problem.  Check out this photo of Beijing taken on February 22:

Beijing, China, February 22, 1014 via Kentaro via Wikimedia Commons

Beijing, China, February 22, 2014. (Image Kentaro via Wikimedia Commons)

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  • 1. Tim Truett  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    This is a whole new line of work!

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