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    Posted January 30, 2013 by
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    Life in China

    First-Time Visitor Astounded by Beijing Smog

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     American lawyer infinitejeff witnessed -- and felt -- the suffocating smog that is currently blanketing much of the Chinese capital, Beijing, while on a work trip to the country. These images were taken in the comfort of his hotel room, but outside was a different story. "I could feel the grit in my eyes and, after a while outdoors, a burning sensation in my chest -- [it was] very unpleasant," he said. "A lot of people on the street were wearing face masks. It was among the first topics of conversation with everyone I met -– both locals and visitors." Flights were cancelled due to poor visibility as the smog enveloped the city. Read CNN's latest story on the smog in China.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Photographs taken of the Jianguo Road area from an upper-floor window of the Park Hyatt hotel in the late afternoon of January 14 and the early morning of January 15, 2013.
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