A woman wears a mask as she visits a park near the Forbidden City in Beijing on October 7. Beijing issued a blue warning for air pollution on Friday afternoon, warning the public to reduce outdoor activities and take precautions as the official air quality index reached 344. Photo: AFP

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A woman wears a mask as she visits a park near the Forbidden City in Beijing on October 7. Beijing issued a blue warning for air pollution on Friday afternoon, warning the public to reduce outdoor activities and take precautions as the official air quality index reached 344. Photo: AFP
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