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Photos from the smog-filled Chinese city of Harbin

No this isn’t the foggy town of Silent Hill. That fog also isn’t fog; it’s smog. Welcome to the northern city of Harbin, China, home to 11 million people. In the past days, school has been cancelled, the airport has been closed, and certain bus routes have been suspended due to the city’s serious smog problem.

The air pollution here is 40 times higher than the international safety standard set by the World Health organization.

China has had a long standing problem with pollution. The thick and heavy smog has greatly affected the economy as well as the respiratory health of its citizens. The government has even announced it would give millions in rewards to regions that could successfully lessen air pollution levels.

Suddenly, it doesn’t seem so bad to take a bike, instead of a car, to work tomorrow.

Via Huffington Post

A policeman gestures as he works on a street in heavy smog in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on October 21, 2013. Choking clouds of pollution blanketed Harbin, which is famed for its annual ice festival, reports said, cutting visibility to 10 metres (33 feet) and underscoring the nation's environmental challenges.   CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Buildings and streets are seen under heavy smog in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on October 22, 2013. Thick smog enveloped a major Chinese city for a third day on October 22, with schools and a regional airport shut and poor visibility forcing ground transport to a halt in places.   CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images
A truck is seen waiting outside a toll booth after it is shuttered as heavy smog spreads on a highway as vehicles are forced to wait due to heavy smog in Jilin, northeast China's Jilin province on October 22, 2013. Thick smog enveloped China's northeast area for a third day on October 22, with schools and regional airports shuttered and low visibility forcing ground transport to a halt in places.   CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Streets are seen under heavy smog in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on October 22, 2013. Thick smog enveloped a major Chinese city for a third day on October 22, with schools and a regional airport shut and poor visibility forcing ground transport to a halt in places.   CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images
A woman walks with her child on a street as schools were closed due to the heavy smog in Jilin, northeast China's Jilin province on October 22, 2013. Thick smog enveloped China's northeast area for a third day on October 22.   CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images
A girl cycles on a street under heavy smog in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on October 21, 2013. Choking clouds of pollution blanketed Harbin, which is famed for its annual ice festival, reports said, cutting visibility to 10 metres (33 feet) and underscoring the nation's environmental challenges. CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images
CHANGCHUN, CHINA - OCTOBER 21:  (CHINA OUT) A woman and her son wearing masks walk along a road as heavy smog engulfs the city on October 21, 2013 in Changchun, China. Expressways, schools and an airport remain closed as heavy smog continues to disrupt northeast China.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
A  woman wearing a mask uses her mobile phone in the smog in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on October 21, 2013. Choking clouds of pollution blanketed Harbin, which is famed for its annual ice festival, reports said, cutting visibility to 10 metres (33 feet) and underscoring the nation's environmental challenges.   CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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