A Jersey Guy's Excellent Adventure in China

Tag: air pollution

Farewell to Cheap Massages, Cute Kids, Squat Toilets, Dirty Air

Cruising 35,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean on my flight home to the U.S., I’m thinking of all the things I’m going to miss about China – and some of the things I’d just as soon forget. Things I’ll Miss: My students: Their English was lousy, but they really tried to learn. They treated me… Read More ›

Pesky Mosquitoes Circle Like Vultures, Turn Skin Into Mass of Itchy Bumps

It’s mosquito season in Zhengzhou, which means a never-ending battle to keep the pesky insects from turning you into a mass of itchy bumps. We’ve got mosquitoes back in New Jersey, but not like the ones here. Chinese mosquitoes seem to be made of indestructible material that makes it almost impossible to repel or kill… Read More ›

Residents of Smog-Choked Zhengzhou Line Up to Suck Clean Air From Bags

Here’s how bad the air pollution is in Zhengzhou: Last weekend, residents lined up for the chance to inhale fresh air from 20 blue bags that were shipped to the city as part of a tourism promotion. A travel agency sent the bags filled with air from Laojun Mountain, about 120 miles from Zhengzhou. The… Read More ›

Smoking Ban Will Be Hard to Enforce in Top Tobacco Country

China is planning to ban smoking in indoor public places by the end of the year, a law that will be hard to enforce in a country that is the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer. Local attempts to implement public-smoking bans have been largely unsuccessful. Smoking is still commonplace in restaurants, bars, office buildings,… Read More ›

China Chokes on Dirty, Smoggy Air

When I walked to my office today, I couldn’t see the building until I was almost at the front door. My eyesight isn’t the greatest, but that wasn’t the problem. It was Zhengzhou’s dreadful air pollution. Today was the worst I’ve seen so far. A thick layer of grimy smog blanketed the city, cutting visibility… Read More ›

Riding Bike, Reading Dostoyevsky

My inquisitive cousin Bill Warner sent me a list of questions about my life in China. Bill lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which has a strong connection to the Middle Kingdom: Some of the most brilliant students at Harvard and MIT (Bill’s alma mater) are Chinese-Americans. Here are Bill’s probing questions and my probative answers: Q:… Read More ›