Worst smog in a year blankets Beijing

Thick smog envelops Beijing where air quality is rated as "hazardous", pollution readings by the US embassy. Photo: EPA

Beijing was hit by its worst smog in almost a year yesterday. Exacerbated by heavy fog, the dense, choking smog that had blanketed the capital for the better part of the past fortnight plunged to a new low yesterday morning.

Tuesday, 22 January, 2013, 2:33pm 1 comment

Passengers stuck in Kunming airport run riot

Tempers run high with more than 10,000 passengers stranded in Kunming airport, some for up to three days. Photo: SCMP

Chaos reigned at one of the mainland's newest airports at the weekend after heavy fog stranded more than 10,000 passengers in Kunming, Yunnan province, for up to three days.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:28am 1 comment

Smog and fog raise health fears

Thick fog and smog that have blanketed much of northern China over the past three days are likely to persist at least until tomorrow, meteorological authorities warned yesterday.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled in Beijing and most roads in the capital's eastern and southern regions were forced to close because of poor visibility.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Training tracks shut for two hours as dense fog covers Sha Tin

The heaviest fog for more than a decade caused the closure of Sha Tin's training tracks yesterday morning for more than two hours.

Stipendiary steward Martin Knibbs was the man who made the call at 5.15am - 15 minutes after the track initially opened - after consulting senior jockeys and work riders who had handled the first horses to go out.

26 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Goodbye fog - hello wet and miserable

Hong Kong's fog should clear to a degree over the weekend as the relative warmth of the past few days is quickly forgotten in the face of a wet change that arrived yesterday afternoon.

18 Feb 2005 - 12:00am


Eva Chan's letter (Sunday Morning Post, December 8) suggests that the laws on fog lamps will be enforced only when necessary. I think a lot of readers will be fascinated to know why these laws, as well as those on hazard warning lights and lack of headlights, do not need to be enforced. What is the point of having such laws?

10 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Drivers who misuse fog lamps can be fined

I refer to the letters headlined 'Improper use of fog lights is dangerous' and 'Drivers have no idea what to do with fog lamps' (Sunday Morning Post, November 10 and 24).

According to the Road Traffic (Construction and Maintenance of Vehicles) Regulation, a fog lamp is a lamp installed on a vehicle which is to be used primarily in conditions of fog or mist.

8 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Drivers have no idea what to do with fog lamps

I share the views of K K Fong and Bob Young (Sunday Morning Post, November 3 and 10) regarding the improper use of fog lights.

Transport officials do not seem to know about the use and abuse of such lights.

24 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Improper use of fog lights is dangerous

I fully support the views put forward by K K Fong (Sunday Morning Post, November 3) who drew attention to the selfish use of vehicle fog lights, causing the temporary blinding of oncoming drivers.

10 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Why is it that many of the world's deserts are located on the west sides of continents? You find them in the western United States and along the west coasts of South America and Africa.

It's certainly true when you look at the world map that a number of deserts lie on the west coasts of continents. But they exist in other places as well.

10 May 1999 - 12:00am

First sign of spring has HK hidden in fog

Spring is here - that was the weather forecasters' best explanation for the thick grey murk which blanketed the SAR from the Peak downwards yesterday.

Usual family activities became expeditions into the unknown as swirling fog cut visibility to just a few metres.

9 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Fog hits airport

Fog wreaked havoc for hundreds of travellers, forcing more than a dozen incoming planes to land at nearby airports, while other aircraft were delayed.

23 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Weather causes brief hold-up

FOG-BOUND: Although the final day turned out to be warm and sunny at Riviera, as the weather had been throughout the tournament, the start of the last round was held up briefly.

Fog off the Pacific hadn't quite cleared by the first morning tee times. But the delay was just for five minutes.

15 Aug 1995 - 12:00am


I FEEL I must respond to Mr Thomas Warren's letter (South China Morning Post, May 4) concerning the state of driving standards in the territory.

Although I am in the dark as to which country Mr Warren lived in before coming here, perhaps he has experienced the driving habits of the ''chee sin'' English.

14 May 1994 - 12:00am