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)

#1 Fake Hong Kong Skyline For Tourists

Fake Hong Kong Skyline For Tourists

Petapixle.com Report

JostaLoos 4 years ago

That one really says it all....

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#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 4 years 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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#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 4 years ago

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

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

Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

Reuters Report

NandaWitkamp 4 years ago

This is not normal. So sad!!!

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

Boy Swims In Algae-filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong

Reuters Report

JulieMariaRohde 4 years 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 4 years 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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#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 4 years ago

So sad!! Is China doing something about this?

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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 4 years ago

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

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#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 4 years ago

What a horrible job :S

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#10 Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog

Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog

China FotoPress Report

AustinNguyen 4 years ago

I thought those were clouds for a second...

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#11 Child Swims In A Polluted Reservoir, Pingba

Child Swims In A Polluted Reservoir, Pingba

Reuters Report

AgastyaMahendradhany 4 years ago

Why the fuck would you swim in that?

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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 4 years ago

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

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#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 4 years ago

This is too much.

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#14 Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On The Yangtze Rive

Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On The Yangtze Rive

Reuters Report

LudwigArcache 4 years ago

Very advanced cleaning workers.

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#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 4 years ago

Extreme conditions.

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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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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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#19 Heavily Polluted River In Jiaxing, Zhejiang

Heavily Polluted River In Jiaxing, Zhejiang

Reuters Report

RedMan 4 years ago

is that... pee?

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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 4 years ago

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

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#21 Fisherman Fills His Palms With Water From The Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei

Fisherman Fills His Palms With Water From The Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei

Reuters Report

AustinNguyen 4 years ago

Looks like paint

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#22 Factory Polluting The Air

Factory Polluting The Air

Reuters Report

Jan Sam 1 year ago

new place to work on looks like

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#23 Fisherman Covered In Algae, Chaohu Lake

Fisherman Covered In Algae, Chaohu Lake

Reuters Report

Jan Sam 1 year ago

perhaps they see the area from a hidden cam and this would be artistic

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#24 Woman Walks On Bridge Over Polluted River, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province

Woman Walks On Bridge Over Polluted River, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province

Carlos Barria Report

JohannesKlaeger 4 years ago

our debt as well, because of the stupid unreasonable consumer behavior of all industrial countries, and there people have to suffer

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#25 Girl And Her Father Collect Water From Puddle At Dried-up Reservoir, Baofeng County

Girl And Her Father Collect Water From Puddle At Dried-up Reservoir, Baofeng County

Reuters Report

Jan Sam 1 year ago

In western Canadian city where i once was a discussion arose about quotas and reserving water. It was not to be for you and me.

#26 Fishermen Collecting Fish In A Polluted Canal, Beijing

Fishermen Collecting Fish In A Polluted Canal, Beijing

David Gray Report

LucyHarvest 4 years ago

These photos of China pollution is very shocking & very sad indeed!! We are traveling for the first time to China in June. will take masks!!

#27 Workers Collect Dead Fish At A Park In Shenzhen, Guangdong Province

Workers Collect Dead Fish At A Park In Shenzhen, Guangdong Province

Reuters Report

#28 A Street Dog Naps Amoungst The Garbage - Northern China.

A Street Dog Naps Amoungst The Garbage - Northern China.

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JasperLloyd 3 years ago

How'd he get up there

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#29 Over 3000 Dead Pigs Fished Out Of Huangpu River

Over 3000 Dead Pigs Fished Out Of Huangpu River

www.chinasmack.com Report

ElizabethCampbell 4 years ago

Why are the pigs in the river in the first place?

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#30 Residents Look At A Heavily Polluted River, Zhugao, Sichuan province

Residents Look At A Heavily Polluted River, Zhugao, Sichuan province

independent.co.uk Report

#31 The Price Of Rapid Industrialization - Western China's Xinjiang Province

The Price Of Rapid Industrialization - Western China's Xinjiang Province

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#32 Morning Smog In Beijing

Morning Smog In Beijing

Brielle Cardieri Report

SherryZeng 4 years ago

MORNING!? Looks more like end of the world

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#33 Workers Clean Up Leaked Oil After An Oil Pipeline Explosion, Qingdao, Shandong

Workers Clean Up Leaked Oil After An Oil Pipeline Explosion, Qingdao, Shandong

Reuters Report

Lorien 3 years ago

CamilioGonzález : this is about China, not Mexico

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#34 Fishermen Clean Up Oil At Oil Spill Near Dalian Port, Liaoning Province

Fishermen Clean Up Oil At Oil Spill Near Dalian Port, Liaoning Province

Reuters Report

BruceSchmidt 4 years ago

This could be the XL Pipeline

#35 Smog In Beijing

Smog In Beijing

AFP Report

petertzvetkov 4 years ago

One girl among all the people in this photo ... one girl with a mask and everyone assumes this is NOT FOG...... come on, be serious....

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#36 Heavily Polluted Lake In China

Heavily Polluted Lake In China

Bert van Dijk Report

#37 Flies Gather On Railings Because Of Polluted Water, East Lake, Wuhan

Flies Gather On Railings Because Of Polluted Water, East Lake, Wuhan

Reuters Report

Lorien 3 years ago

Oh. My. God. That is revolting. (Excuse my use of the word God)

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#38 Fishermen Brave Heavy Smog Over A Natural Beauty Spot - Jixian, Tianjin.

Fishermen Brave Heavy Smog Over A Natural Beauty Spot - Jixian, Tianjin.

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#39 Great Wall Of China, Call It "great"?

Great Wall Of China, Call It "great"?

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MaryKateJankowski 3 years ago

This is just pure LAZINESS

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#40 Smog Particles Mix With Fog And Settle At Ground Level In An Early Morning Freeze - Tianjin.

Smog Particles Mix With Fog And Settle At Ground Level In An Early Morning Freeze - Tianjin.

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FatimaFernandez 4 years ago

.... esto es terrible

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#41 Heavily Polluted River

Heavily Polluted River

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Jan Sam 1 year ago

No job, no gag order....could this be the effects of bombing in part ????

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