An Upside to China’s Air Pollution

The New York Times brings us a rare piece of good news related to China’s environmental situation: A storm of yellow dust darkens the skies above Beijing, an increasingly familiar phenomenon blamed on the disappearance of...

Beijing’s Ski Slopes as Thirsty as 8,300 Households

Beijing badly lacks water, but much of the available supply is slurped up by luxury apartments and bottling plants. Friends of Nature researchers have recently drawn attention to the additional drain of the million tons a year...

Powder to the People – Hannah Beech

From Time Asia (link): The first sign that Lotus Mountain is not Aspen comes from the man skiing down the hill in a pin-striped business suit. Other skiers are dressed in more sporty Gore-Tex outfits, but many share the snow-dusted rear of the man dressed for a day at the office. After all, most of […]

China hits the slopes – Tim Johnson

From Knight-Ridder, via the San Jose Mercury News: Enthusiasm — rather than knowledge — is what marks the sudden rise of winter sports around China’s capital, where a flurry of ski resorts and an indoor ski dome have opened in the past few years. Some of the resorts are within sight of the Great Wall […]

New struggle in China: Keep up with the Chans – Robert Marquand

From the Christian Science Monitor: As the “year of the dog” arrives in China, a new fad for those partaking in China’s success is weekend skiing. Office groups migrate to one of eight new ski “villages” outside Beijing. Many arrive in SUVs, the current “it” car also used for fashionable expeditions to outbacks in Gansu […]



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