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Take a deep breath

Popularity 6Viewed 1933 times 2014-4-19 10:59 |System category:Life| breath, pollution, air, quality, shanghai

I miss taking a deep breath of fresh crisp air; air that is easy to breathe in, air that feels nourishing.  I miss the fresh green smells of a forest, a clear stream, or the ocean breeze.  I miss being able to go outside for a workout, let it be yoga, or a run or a hike, and come back feeling refreshed, feeling alert with fresh oxygen flowing in my body, my brain. I miss not having to worry about the pollution levels when going out for exercise or day to day activities; it’s a new burden to worry about in addition to the weather.

 

Before coming to Shanghai, I was naive and was not aware that pollution levels could be so high and dangerous to a point where it could obscure objects of close proximity and cause health issues to sensitive groups. Now I have an app/widget on my phone that checks the pollution levels every so often and I keep watch of the levels.

 

Last week, my program at my university went on a field trip to visit China’s country side. We visited Tong lu and Xi tang which are near Hangzhou and Suzhou respectively. The air quality there was significantly better. Better yet was the trip to Yan Ziling Fishing Platform where we did a small hike up a mountain of the Stele Forest. The forest was so nice, and so green; it reminded me a bit of home. Best of all was the air quality, the air filled my lungs with ease and I just didn’t want to stop deeply breathing it in. 

Stele Forest in the Tong lu County, Yan Ziling Fishing Platform

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Reply Report 财神 2014-4-19 13:07
now we came to the critical situation that pure oxygen or fresh air is rare.so have to learn bteathe for filter the polluted air and preserve the rare oxygen inside us.what to do?
Reply Report jsylam 2014-4-19 13:22
财神: now we came to the critical situation that pure oxygen or fresh air is rare.so have to learn bteathe for filter the polluted air and preserve the rare ...
It is a big issue, with the pollution increasing exponentially, our earth is becoming a toxic place to live... even more so in concentrated areas. The places we love are not good for our health. Why do we live in areas where the air we breathe hurts us?
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-4-19 17:11
If you worry about Shanghai air, then Beijing air could really upset you!  
Reply Report jsylam 2014-4-20 13:28
ColinSpeakman: If you worry about Shanghai air, then Beijing air could really upset you!   
haha I know, my cousin lives in Beijing and apparently it is almost impossible to run outside  
Reply Report voice_cd 2014-4-20 19:58
Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report ★K★ 2014-4-21 07:16
is this the price that chinese people are paying for the growth of economy,if it was,then it sucks...
Reply Report SEARU 2014-4-21 07:23
Your  blog  is  as  beautiful  as  the  scenery  in  the  photo .   More and  more  people  have  noticed  the  environment  problems .  I  think  the  conditions  would  be  improved  in  the  near  future ;
I  am  writing  on  the  similar  topic ,  JUST  WAIT !
Reply Report jsylam 2014-4-21 13:50
SEARU: Your  blog  is  as  beautiful  as  the  scenery  in  the  photo .   More and  more  people  have  noticed  the  environment  problems .  I  think  the ...
Thank you, I look forward to reading your blog  
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-4-22 11:58
We are all very glad you did not stop breathing! Thanks for your breathtaking story. Would it cheer you somewhat to know that every industrialized country dealt with toxic pollution levels on the way to becoming what they are today? Wish you a great day!
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-4-22 11:58
We are all very glad you did not stop breathing! Thanks for your breathtaking story. Would it cheer you somewhat to know that every industrialized country dealt with toxic pollution levels on the way to becoming what they are today? Wish you a great day!
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-4-22 11:58
We are all very glad you did not stop breathing! Thanks for your breathtaking story. Would it cheer you somewhat to know that every industrialized country dealt with toxic pollution levels on the way to becoming what they are today? Wish you a great day!
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-4-22 11:58
We are all very glad you did not stop breathing! Thanks for your breathtaking story. Would it cheer you somewhat to know that every industrialized country dealt with toxic pollution levels on the way to becoming what they are today? Wish you a great day!
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-4-22 11:58
We are all very glad you did not stop breathing! Thanks for your breathtaking story. Would it cheer you somewhat to know that every industrialized country dealt with toxic pollution levels on the way to becoming what they are today? Wish you a great day!
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-4-22 11:59
We are all very glad you did not stop breathing! Thanks for your breathtaking story. Would it cheer you somewhat to know that every industrialized country dealt with toxic pollution levels on the way to becoming what they are today? Wish you a great day!
Reply Report jsylam 2014-4-22 15:20
teamkrejados: We are all very glad you did not stop breathing! Thanks for your breathtaking story. Would it cheer you somewhat to know that every industrialized cou ...
Thanks for the comment =). Possibly...  

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Jessica is a Chinese language student and has been staying in Shanghai since February 2014.

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