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.

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)

#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?

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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.

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#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

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#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.

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#18 Great Wall Of China, Shame.

Great Wall Of China, Shame.

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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...

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#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 :(

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