Smog and the city: Beijing's ongoing battle

Those living in Beijing are used to dealing with cold temperatures and harsh winds in the winter. But for the past few years, a new hazard can't be ignored: noxious air pollution.

Smog levels in China's capital city hit hazardous highs for the first time this season on Thursday.

Air pollution readings measured more than 20 times the limit considered safe by the World Health Organisation.

Celia Hatton spoke to local residents to see how they were handling the problem.

Beijing resident: 'Forced to stay indoors'

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • FutureThe future is now

    Get the latest updates and biggest ideas from BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit

Programmes

  • The smartphone that answers backClick Watch

    Smartphones get smarter – the prototypes that talk and say ouch when you drop them

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.