The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright reports on the miasmal atmosphere enveloping Beijing.
On bad days, bike lanes are completely deserted, as people stay at home or retreat to the conditioned environments of hermetically-sealed malls. It's as if the 21-million-strong population of the Chinese capital is engaged in a mass city-wide rehearsal for life on an inhospitable planet. Only it's not a rehearsal: the poisonous atmosphere is already here.
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