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

StephanieWilliams
Community Member
6 years ago

Omg

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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
Community Member
6 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

LaurelEgglestonHayes
Community Member
6 years ago

Strange thing is, they wear masks regularly...but they get angry if anyone who visits their country wears one.

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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
Community Member
6 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

PınarAkçakaya
Community Member
6 years ago

This is algal bloom, not pollution.

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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

NadineGwin
Community Member
6 years ago

OMG!

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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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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

pony33
Community Member
6 years ago

Good luck!!!

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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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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

NadineGwin
Community Member
6 years ago

What causes the red color?

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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

TheEndHorizon
Community Member
6 years ago

Gosh, it seems China has some really bad pollution problems. I've never seen pollution like that in my whole life in the US

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#18

Great Wall Of China, Shame.

Great Wall Of China, Shame.

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StephanieWilliams
Community Member
6 years ago

Not going to attract many tourists looking like that.

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#19

Heavily Polluted River In Jiaxing, Zhejiang

Heavily Polluted River In Jiaxing, Zhejiang

Reuters Report

RedMan
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

Looks like paint

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#22

Factory Polluting The Air

Factory Polluting The Air

Reuters Report

SuzieLane
Community Member
6 years ago

big business allowed to destroy such a beautiful place...shame

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#23

Fisherman Covered In Algae, Chaohu Lake

Fisherman Covered In Algae, Chaohu Lake

Reuters Report

McKeavinGalacan
Community Member
6 years ago

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nice piece of art

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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

tjfrank2
Community Member
6 years ago

After gagging at these 20 photos.....who would even think of going to China?!

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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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
6 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

Chris Hull
Community Member
1 year ago

I hate hobos

#28

A Street Dog Naps Amoungst The Garbage - Northern China.

A Street Dog Naps Amoungst The Garbage - Northern China.

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JasperLloyd
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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

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#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
Community Member
6 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

CamiloGonzález
Community Member
6 years ago

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I understand China is the focus now, but did you forget about the oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico caused by US companies?

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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
Community Member
6 years ago

This could be the XL Pipeline

#35

Smog In Beijing

Smog In Beijing

AFP Report

petertzvetkov
Community Member
6 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

NataliaLee
Community Member
6 years ago

they don't look like flies...

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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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SuzieLane
Community Member
6 years ago

this is shameful...why is the govt not actually doing something...talk is cheap

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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
Community Member
6 years ago

.... esto es terrible

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#41

Heavily Polluted River

Heavily Polluted River

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Jan Sam
Community Member
3 years ago

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

#42

Pollution In Beijing From The Seventeenth Floor

Pollution In Beijing From The Seventeenth Floor

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ClaudiaMee
Community Member
6 years ago

Quiten esa ni se entiende.

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