China has some stunningly beautiful natural landscapes, but they may not count for much when, in other parts of the country, pollution runs totally unchecked. These shocking photos show what severe pollution people have to deal with in some parts of China.


Show Full Text

Beijing and other parts of China have already become notorious for their incessant clouds of smog, which present very real health risks to anyone not wearing dust masks. Unregulated dumping in various rivers throughout China is fairly common, as many of the photos in this series help illustrate.

Chinese leaders have vowed to get serious on air pollution, but change will be difficult in a country whose industry has expanded so rapidly. If you have any photos illustrating these difficulties, please add them to this list.

(h/t: allthatisinteresting)

#1 Fake Hong Kong Skyline For Tourists

Fake Hong Kong Skyline For Tourists

Petapixle.com Report

JostaLoos 1 year ago

That one really says it all....

View more comments

#2 Fishermen Row A Boat In The Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei, Anhui Province

Fishermen Row A Boat In The Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei, Anhui Province

Jianan Yu Report

NicoleF 1 year ago

Julija, this is clean water, its from Reuters and it was explaining why there was a algae.... why the misinformation?

View More Replies...
View more comments

#3 Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Over International Safety Standard

Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Over International Safety Standard

Kyodo News Report

PaganMoon 1 year ago

a sad way to live. We all need to do our part to clean up the world.

View More Replies...
View more comments

#4 Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

Reuters Report

NandaWitkamp 1 year ago

This is not normal. So sad!!!

View More Replies...
View more comments

#5 Boy Swims In Algae-filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong

Boy Swims In Algae-filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong

Reuters Report

JulieMariaRohde 1 year ago

No, but polluting stuff as nitrate helps algae bloom, which uses the oxygen in the water, which kills the fish

View More Replies...
View more comments

#6 Journalist Takes A Sample Of Red Polluted Water From The Jianhe River

Journalist Takes A Sample Of Red Polluted Water From The Jianhe River

Reuters Report

RobLaBrushe 1 year ago

Dye from a local plant changes the colour frequently. http://www.ibtimes.com/chinas-river-blood-jian-turns-red-after-chemical-dump-photos-70

View more comments

#7 Worker Cleans Away Dead Fish At A Lake In Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province

Worker Cleans Away Dead Fish At A Lake In Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province

Reuters Report

MariaFelix 1 year ago

So sad!! Is China doing something about this?

View More Replies...
View more comments

#8 Labourer Tries To Clean Up Oil From Water, Dalian, Liaoning

Labourer Tries To Clean Up Oil From Water, Dalian, Liaoning

Reuters Report

SuzieLane 1 year ago

OMG...chinese leaders need to stop just talking about fixing this and actually do something

View More Replies...
View more comments

#9 Workers Try To Drain Sewage Water From Leaking Sewage Tank, Shanghang, Fujian

Workers Try To Drain Sewage Water From Leaking Sewage Tank, Shanghang, Fujian

Reuters Report

SaraJane 1 year ago

What a horrible job :S

View More Replies...
View more comments

#10 Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog

Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog

China FotoPress Report

AustinNguyen 1 year ago

I thought those were clouds for a second...

View More Replies...
View more comments

#11 Child Swims In A Polluted Reservoir, Pingba

Child Swims In A Polluted Reservoir, Pingba

Reuters Report

AgastyaMahendradhany 1 year ago

Why the fuck would you swim in that?

View More Replies...
View more comments

#12 Boy Tries To Avoid Scattered Rubbish Floating On A Flooded Street In Shantou, Guangdong Province

Boy Tries To Avoid Scattered Rubbish Floating On A Flooded Street In Shantou, Guangdong Province

Reuters Report

RobLaBrushe 1 year ago

This is the aftermath of a natural disaster that killed hundreds. Rather shameful to have this posted here.

View More Replies...
View more comments

#13 Pollution From A Factory In Yutian, 100km East Of Beijing

Pollution From A Factory In Yutian, 100km East Of Beijing

Peter Parks Report

IraPaduga 1 year ago

This is too much.

View more comments

#14 Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On The Yangtze Rive

Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On The Yangtze Rive

Reuters Report

LudwigArcache 1 year ago

Very advanced cleaning workers.

View more comments

#15 Dead Fish In Water Filled With Blueish Algae, East Lake, Wuhan

Dead Fish In Water Filled With Blueish Algae, East Lake, Wuhan

Reuters Report

LudwigArcache 1 year ago

Extreme conditions.

View more comments

#16 Woman Collects Plastic Bottles Near River Polluted By Reddish Dye

Woman Collects Plastic Bottles Near River Polluted By Reddish Dye

lu palmerini Report

lindsayandlife 1 year ago

probably all of our christmas decorations... http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/dec/19/santas-real-worksh

View more comments

#17 Man Walks By Pipe Discharging Waste Water Into Yangtze River

Man Walks By Pipe Discharging Waste Water Into Yangtze River

William Hong Report

ShayLhea 1 year ago

Probably because the US has other countries make everything for them. Waste stays where those items are made, keeping home soil clean.

View More Replies...
View more comments

#18 Great Wall Of China, Shame.

Great Wall Of China, Shame.

Report

PetyaHarizanova 1 year ago

Ow, wow! At first I thought "Hmm, looks like some of the ruins in my country..." but then I saw this pile of bottles.... Shame...

View More Replies...
View more comments

#19 Heavily Polluted River In Jiaxing, Zhejiang

Heavily Polluted River In Jiaxing, Zhejiang

Reuters Report

RedMan 1 year ago

is that... pee?

View More Replies...
View more comments

#20 Child Jumps Over Trash At A Village, Jiaxing

Child Jumps Over Trash At A Village, Jiaxing

William Hong Report

EvelynBock 1 year ago

Gruselige Fotos - sicher ein Ergebnis der boomenden Wirtschaft und billigen Preise in China :(

View More Replies...
View more comments