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Skip the Cigarettes, Breathe in Beijing's Air

Categories: East Asia, China, Citizen Media, Environment, Humor

The former head of Google China and influential Micro-blogger Kai-Fu Lee posted [1][zh] to his 32 million fans on Sina Weibo an imaginary conversation between a Beijinger and a Shanghainese:

Beijinger: “We Beijingers are the most fortunate, we can open the window and have free cigarettes.” Shanghainese: “That's nothing, we can enjoy pork soup simply by turning on our faucets!!”

This sarcastic dialogue refers to the terrible air pollution in Beijing and the dead pigs [2] found floating in Shanghai’s main water source, the Huangpu river. The dialogue was retweeted over 61, 790 times since it was posted on March 13, 2013.