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China is perhaps one of the most polarized landscapes, home to the strikingly beautiful Yellow Mountains and Great Wall of China, yet in other parts pollution runs rampant and completely unchecked. Unregulated dumping in various watersheds throughout China is fairly common, and the health risk of not wearing a dust mask in Beijing has been highly publicized.
These photos show the consequences of an industry that was allowed to expand so rapidly with little weight placed on environmental oversight.
A dead fish floats in the bluish algae of East Lake, Wuhan
In Hong Kong they have a fake skyline for Tourists
A journalist takes a sample of the red polluted Jianhe River
In Beijing the pollution is 40 times over the International Safety Standard
A worker cleans away dead fish from a Wuhan Lake
It probably isn’t very safe that this child is drinking water from a stream in Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province
Workers are attempting to drain sewage water from a leaking sewage tank in Shangang, Fujian
A worker is trying to clean up an oil spill in Dalian, Liaoning
A child is going for a dip in the polluted reservoir of Pingba
No, these are not clouds surrounding the buildings of Beijing, it is smog.
This man is casually walking by a pipe discharging waste water into the Yangtze River.
The Great Wall of China, a national landmark, is treated with such reverence…
A woman is collecting plastic bottles in a river polluted by a pinkish dye
On this flooded street of Shantou, Guangdong Province, a boy is trying to avoid scattered rubbish.
A factory spewing out pollution in Yutian, just east of Beijing
Fisherman rowing through the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui Province
Labourers cleaning up floating garbage in Yangtze River