Xun Zhou

Since 1949, when the communists seized power and established a centralised people’s republic, health has continued to play an outsize role in the internal politics of the state.

Surrounded by hills and plains, close to the Mongolian Plateau, Beijing suffers from extremes of temperature. Every year after the harsh, cold winter, the sandstorm from the Gobi desert invades the city as spring approaches. The entire city is covered in dust and turns grey, colouring human life.