Updated 8:44 AM EDT, Wed, Aug 18, 2021

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Beijing Beats Other Cities in North China for Cleanest Air

Beijing Issues Red Alert On Air Pollution For The First Time

(Photo : Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) A Chinese woman wears a mask and filter as she walks to work during heavy pollution in Beijing, China.

Although the city is notorious for its air pollution, the Shanghaiist has reported that the cleanest air in the northern region of China can be found in Beijing.

China's Environmental Protection Ministry (EPM) recently conducted its annual air reading on 28 cities in China's northern area including Shanxi, Shandong, Henan, Hebei, Tianjin, and Beijing among others. Beijing came out on top of the list.

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Photos went viral on the Internet in January and February of this year showing a severely polluted Beijing. The polluted air seemed to have cleared out by March.

In response to the worsening situation, authorities in China have called for the arrest of anyone caught polluting the country's air. Several power plants have been closed down including the major players in the coal industry. Smog squads have also been formed and tasked with carrying out closure and arrest orders.

In the recent days, however, haziness in the air of the city has once again become obvious. This makes breathing a lot more challenging. The condition may even be worse in the city of Hebei which was at the bottom of the list among the 28 tested areas. The government has advised "people with respiratory disease such as asthma" to avoid long outdoor exposure. 

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