James Fallows of the Atlantic has been keeping tracking of Beijing’s air quality from his apartment for weeks. Many, perhaps Chinese nationalists, are saying that it has improved following the government’s restrictions on cars and factories around the city.

I just got here a couple days ago, so I’m not sure what constitutes an improvement. All I can say definitively is that I haven’t seen a patch of blue since I’ve been here. The first full day I was here (Wednesday) I didn’t seem to notice the smog hanging over the city. But today, while I was walking around the Temple of Heaven, I definitely noticed the gray haze that enveloped Beijing.

Here’s a picture I took from the Temple.


Two weeks and counting, folks. Two weeks and counting.