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    Pollution In China

    It looks like there are a lot people who would really like to go to China, I used to dream of that as well, but after reading some of the posts over here... I don't feel that sure anymore. After reading about the pollution, the counterfeit eggs and the squat bathrooms (very interesting, I had no idea they had that over there!), I'm not that sure about my visit there. At least I know I'd avoid small cities and villages. But... how safe would you feel there (regarding the food)? It's worry some that most of their waters are polluted, just take a look at this: www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2013/world/photo-slideshow-chinas-polluted-waters/

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    In any country i go to i always drink bottle water, even if i visit a western country. The water from the tap is different everywhere and might have a negative effect on the body. Tap water in China is cleaned though but i still didn't use it - or eat the salads. Bottled water (purified or mineral) is cheap there and can be bought on any street corner so you have nothing to worry about.

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    China does has the worst pollution, but it also depends on which city will you head to in China. I went back to China 6 months ago, and I really liked it. The only city I went to that I didn't really like was Beijing because the pollution was horrible.

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    Woah, sorry to heard that Why you think the chinese goverment is doing nothing about this? It's sad they allowing this to happen, is it true the citizens have no right to complain or talk about this? I read about that a while ago, but wasn't sure if it was true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kai_uk View Post
    In any country i go to i always drink bottle water, even if i visit a western country. The water from the tap is different everywhere and might have a negative effect on the body. Tap water in China is cleaned though but i still didn't use it - or eat the salads. Bottled water (purified or mineral) is cheap there and can be bought on any street corner so you have nothing to worry about.
    My mother doesn't trust the salads, not even the ones here... as for water, well, I grew up in Mexico, so the worst has already passed a long time ago, lol. I guess bottled water is a must then, good tip! Sometimes I tend to trust the water sources wherever I go! I should be more careful, you never know what could be lurking there!

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    I know the local people use tap water with no problems as it is cleaned already with flouride and whatever other chemicals they use. However, i always bought the cheapest water to brush my teeth with (yes i know i'm paranoid), and then slighter better water to drink, although i usually bought the green tea in a bottle and other flavoured water as they are cheap over there.

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    Poor local people I'd not even trust the tap water in my own country to be honest, I'd not trust the chinese one either. I mean, no offence, but just look at their seas! They don't seem to care about the level of pollution they have I feel so sorry for their people...

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    I feel like the food would be fine as long as you are in a well populated area. With water it is always a good idea to drink bottled no matter where you go. China does of course have a lot of pollution but it is a wonderful place, I wouldn't let things like that deter me from going.

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    Yeah, I agree with you on the water part. Whenever I travel to a country that isn't located in western europe I drink bottled water only, I actually can't even trust the tap water in my own country, that's why we have a really powerful filter. I heard the food chains are a safe place to eat at there, but I was adviced to avoid the markets at all costs.

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    Re: Pollution In China

    The pollution in China varies from city to city. Beijing is generally the most polluted city throughout the year. During the olympics they spent a whole month trying to clean up the air for the two week period that was showcased to the world. Unfortunately they still rely on coal power to provide electricity to cities throughout the country. The Chinese government has plans to dedicate more energy research to solar, wind, water and other forms of green energy. Hopefully in another 10 to 20 years it will be cleaned up significantly for the world and Chinese citizens.

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    Uhm it's really interesting you mention that! One would think that such a developed country would have already invested some time to research other good sources of energy. I mean, I never thought they still used coal over there. I hope you are right, Chine seems to be one of the most polluted countries. I saw several pictures of the most polluted places there and wow... looks like the goverment needs to impose stricter laws on the factories that throw all sorts of nasty chemicals into the sea.

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    Re: Pollution In China

    Hopefully the government has an aggressive "green" strategy in place to curb the current pollution situation. I heard last month in the northern city of Harbin that they had to close down the schools and told the students to stay indoors until the toxicity levels of the air receded. The air quality index was in the 400 to 500 range -- 500 being the worst. In the west, most big cities notorious for having "unclean" air, like Los Angeles, never get past 200 even on really bad days. Hopefully the pollution in China and around the world is regulated more strictly on behalf of all of our lungs.

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    Woah... China's pollution issues seem to be really serious! A value of 500 is way too much! Poor people, I'm surprised the air doesn't kill them as soon as they breathe that air. Do they have acid rains there? My guess is they do, but I could be wrong!

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    Re: Pollution In China

    The Chinese government recently has been trying to work up solutions and strategies for dealing with the horrible pollution. What their pollution is now, was the same as big industrious cities perhaps a century or so ago, but since then the world has moved on, trying to be a lot more clean and green, however China is experiencing an economic boom as well as rapid industrialization, which has led to side effects such as this. I feel sorry for the citizens in Beijing and so on, and this is definitely putting me off from visiting China, although I really want to.

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    Yeah, I really hope they start applying what they have learnt, or else they will have a bigger mess in their hands. I really think the chinese should be more strict with all those chinese business men. You'd be amazed to see how those industries are contaminating all the rivers and lakes in china. I've watched pictures of that... people in small villages are already suffering the effects of this. I feel sorry for them, I know how important it is to be healthy... I learnt to appreciate more since I got sick 3 years ago (and still counting). Poor people.

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    Re: Pollution In China

    China is a big country and having world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion.
    Pollution is a really big problem and its very dangerous for there citizen and visitors. China's government should be responsible for this pollution.

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    Yeah right pollution in china is a very big problem and its very dangerous for every citizen of china,

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    Actually it is, William. Not a exaggeration, but there are worse areas to live in than others in China. It seems a lot villagers who live close to huge production plants and factories are getting really affected by all that pollution. Sadly this kind of pollution isn't only of the air, but also of the water in those areas. I'm talking about areas where people used to fish, but can no longer do it because the water there is extremely toxic; so toxic it has killed plenty of fish already. I know because I've seen the pictures, in one of them some sort of drain pipe could be seen in the middle of water, it was pumping a lot toxic waste right into the sea/river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toony View Post
    China is a big country and having world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion.
    Pollution is a really big problem and its very dangerous for there citizen and visitors. China's government should be responsible for this pollution.
    Yeah, Tony. Sadly this might also affect us in the future, because they are contaminating their own rivers as well. Sadly the chinese goverment isn't strict at all with all those factories that like to pump all that toxic waste into the sea (they have contaminated many of their rivers already). The chinese goverment should really start looking into that!

 

 

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