A man takes a selfie beside a lake on a heavily polluted day in Beijing on January 1. Photo: AFP

Smog levels in Beijing off the charts

Air quality reading exceeds maximum 500 mark on index, US embassy says, as blanket of acrid air descends across north, hitting holiday plans

Topic |   China pollution

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A man takes a selfie beside a lake on a heavily polluted day in Beijing on January 1. Photo: AFP
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