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Sunday, March 30, 2014
China's latest fad is breath of fresh air: Oxygen stations set up across the country so city dwellers can escape smog
Fresh air stations have been set up in some of China's most polluted cities
Visitors are given oxygen masks so they can breathe fresh country air
Air is sourced from the beautiful Laojun Mountains in Luanchuan county
Canned and bottled air has already proved to be a big success
Comes after just three of 74 Chinese cities met official air quality standards
Pollution levels in China have been described as an 'environmental crisis'
It is one of the most polluted countries on earth.
So it may come as little surprise that the latest fad in China is literally offering its city dwellers a breath of fresh air.
Numerous fresh air stations have been set up in some of China's most polluted cities. The stations are stocked with individual air bags which provide users with pollution-free fresh air.
they have proved to be a big hit with one air station in Zhengzhou city
in central China's Henan province which was inundated with visitors.
A breath of fresh air: City dwellers in
Zhengzhou city, Henan province, are hooked up to oxygen masks so they
can breathe in some fresh air as the country's pollution hits crisis
Growing crisis: An 'air station hostess' holds
up an oxygen bag for a little girl as the World Health Organisation
described China's smog levels as an environmental crisis
Uniformed air hostesses
hook up visitors to oxygen masks so they can breathe air sourced from
the Laojun Mountain scenic spot in Luanchuan county, which is 80% green
land, in Henan province.
There was no shortage of takers as locals flooded to enjoy the free fresh air. User
Feng Lin, 75, said: 'The air is really good, but the time is too short.
I had to stop too soon but it was really great until then.'
comes after just three of China's 74 cities met the official air
quality standards, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection
Escape: The station in Zhengzhou city was inundated with visitors wanting some fresh air
Breathing it all in: Air stations are expected to become a regular sight in China as pollution levels reach all-time highs
The air bags are China's latest
attempt to address its dangerous smog levels - described as an
environmental crisis by the World Health Organisation - after canned and
bottled air already hit the streets.
air stations follow on from last week when costumed characters called
Oxygen Babies were giving away air bottles filled with air collected at
the Tianmu mountain scenic spot in the county of Linan in Zhejiang
The Oxygen babies
have been touring the country, promoting the new products, which are
currently free of charge, and were pictured in the city of Hangzhou in
east China's Zhejiang province.
manager Long Peng said: 'The air in Tianmu mountain is so fresh that
negative oxygen ion is 3,300 per cubic centimetre, much higher than the
normal level. The problem is that there are not enough negative ions in
daily life. All the modern things we have generate an over abundance of
positive ions that make us feel tired, depressed and irritable.'
Capturing air: Bottled air pictured being collected at the Tianmu Mountain scenic spot in Linan county in Zhejiang province
Bottled air is proving to be a big hit as new
figures show that just three of the 74 cities in China meet official air
But in Laojun, where the air bags are
being distributed, park managers say the average negative oxygen ion is
30,000 per cubic centimetre. In some places on Laojun Mountain, the
average negative oxygen ion can be 50,000 per cubic centimeter.
inspiration for the idea reportedly came from tourist shops near Mount
Fuji in Japan, where cans of fresh air have been a huge success.
a National Congress meeting, China's president, Xi Jinping, suggested
Guizhou 'sell cans in the future', adding: 'Air quality is now a
deciding factor in people's perception of happiness.'
However, it's not the first time bottle air has gone on sale in China.
year, Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune in the recycling business
and is a high-profile philanthropist, claimed to have sold 10 million
cans in just 10 days, as pollution levels reached a record high.
move comes after the country's biggest online travel agency and
insurance firms joined forces to offer policies to tourists whose trips
are blighted in being visually impaired by the pollution.
Air in a jar: Bottled air is being collected at
the Tianmu Mountain scenic spot in Linan county in Zhejiang province and
distributed to city dweller
New trend: 'Oxygen babies' have been touring the country giving out free bottled oxygen