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Heavy air pollution hits, and the air purifier market reappears

Affected by unfavorable weather, many parts of northern my country have encountered severely polluted weather. As of November 4, 2021, 20 cities in the eastern region have activated orange warnings for heavy pollution weather, and 9 cities have activated yellow warnings. At 16:00 on November 4, the Beijing Heavy Air Pollution Emergency Headquarters Office launched a yellow warning for heavy air pollution, and Beijing’s air pollution gradually increased, reaching level 5 severe pollution.

In the face of severely polluted weather, consumers have started to panic buying air purifiers. According to data from JD Home Appliances, compared with the average daily sales in October, the sales of air purifiers in Beijing on November 4 increased by 73% month-on-month, doubling the national growth rate. As people pay more attention to indicators such as air quality and PM2.5, air purifier products have also become popular in the domestic market and have entered a period of hot sales.

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In severely polluted weather, the components in the air will also become complicated. Pollutants such as PM2.5 particulate matter, allergens, dust, etc., are suspended in the air for a long time, and even contaminated on people’s clothing and brought into the home. In haze weather, opening windows for ventilation will allow dirty air to enter the room. Therefore, the closed doors and windows prevent the air from circulating. In addition, the particulate pollutants carried in by people coming back from the outdoors will make the indoor air. The deterioration of quality always threatens people’s physical and mental health.

Such an environment gives the air purifier a chance to show its talents. Turning on the air purifier can not only deal with particulate matter in the air, but also deal with some allergens, cigarette smoke, formaldehyde, and even some germs, effectively improving air quality. In the most common years of haze weather, air purifiers have always been a hot-selling category in home appliances, and once became the “standard equipment” in many people’s homes.

It is reported that air purifiers have a higher penetration rate in Western developed countries. The household penetration rate in the United States is 27%, and the penetration rates in Canada, Italy, Japan and other countries are all above 20%. At present, the penetration rate of air purifiers in my country is lesvss than 1%, and there is huge room for improvement in the number of air purifiers.

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With the rapid development of the market, problems such as uneven quality of air purifiers, inconsistent standards, and false functional standards frequently appear. After the implementation of the new national standard, the competitive landscape of the air purifier market has also quietly changed. On the one hand, products with substandard quality are quickly eliminated; on the other hand, in addition to the basic functions of haze and formaldehyde, consumers have gradually deepened their understanding of odor removal, bacteria removal, and pollen removal, and the trend of product upgrades has become more obvious. In a market with many brands, how to choose an air purifier that meets their needs has become a common concern for consumers.

 

Olansif air purifier subverts the traditional air purification model through the indoor air health management system. It is the first to rely on three-dimensional multi-dimensional space on the roof, floor and wall, and adopts new technologies, new materials and new processes to achieve direct decomposition of formaldehyde, efficient sterilization and inactivation And other functions. No need to replace consumables, no secondary pollution, save money, effort, and worry, providing consumers with a cost-effective air purification solution.

What effect does an air purifier have on the family?

OLANSI Health Industry Co., Ltd. (OLANSI for short) was founded in 2009 and is a new high-tech enterprise focusing on the research and development, production, sales and service of healthy home appliances. Committed to using technology to create a healthy, beautiful and high-quality life for consumers. Won the title of Guangdong High-tech Enterprise, 2017 China Environmental Electrical Appliances (Air Clean) Top 10 Professional Brands and many other awards.

 

In the past two years, with the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, consumption upgrades, consumers’ awareness of respiratory health, and air purification products have also ushered in an unprecedented outbreak. Undoubtedly, air purifiers have reaped the biggest dividend from the air quality crisis. Next, let OLANSI explain to you the importance of air purifiers.

 

In fact, for high-quality families, air purifiers have become the standard for home air purification. After all, who doesn’t want to have fresh air in their homes every day, and that their families can enjoy fresh air every day? Indoor pollutants are mainly divided into several types: formaldehyde, PM2.5, benzene series and TVOC.

 

Friends who know about indoor pollution must also know that formaldehyde is the most difficult to deal with among these pollutants, which is different from other pollutants. , The volatilization period of formaldehyde can be as long as 3-15, and it has the stubbornness to repeatedly exceed the standard. Secondly, relatively speaking, formaldehyde is the most harmful. Formaldehyde can not only cause various respiratory diseases, but also cause infertility, fetal malformations, and even induce childhood leukemia, carcinogenesis and death. The role of air purifiers can be said to be very important for scenarios such as serious air pollution, sensitive people at home, and mothers and babies. Then OLANSI recommends several products to protect our healthy breathing, so that everyone is no longer troubled by air pollution:

 

 

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An air purifier suitable for your family is very important to us. For your health, it is not too late to buy an air purifier. OLANSI is committed to technology to create a better life for consumers. , High-quality and healthy life, to produce the most suitable air purifier for everyone. If you need a suitable air purifier, OLANSI is at your service at any time.

Can smoke-borne microorganisms cause human infections?

OLANSI Health Industry Co., Ltd. (OLANSI for short) was founded in 2009 and is a new high-tech enterprise focusing on the research and development, production, sales and service of healthy home appliances. Committed to using technology to create a healthy, beautiful and high-quality life for consumers. Won the title of Guangdong High-tech Enterprise, 2017 China Environmental Electrical Appliances (Air Clean) Top 10 Professional Brands and many other awards.

 

It is no secret that smoke inhalation is harmful to the lungs. But now, scientists believe that smoke may also carry and spread infectious diseases.

 

A study found that the smoke from wildfires is filled with thousands of microorganisms, some of which are known to cause diseases, such as bacteria and fungal spores. A recent report in the journal Science pointed out that “smoke may carry and spread infectious diseases.”

 

Scientists said that because these bacteria or fungi will be adsorbed on smoke particles and travel thousands of miles and across continents, they have the possibility of spreading infectious diseases.

 

Although whether smoke-borne microorganisms may cause human infections remains to be confirmed, some scientists believe that this possibility is considerable. Because in some areas, the increase in the incidence of fungal-related diseases is positively correlated with the increase in wildfire smoke. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reminded that firefighters are at a higher risk of getting Valley Fever. Valley Fever is scientifically called Coccidioidomycosis, which refers to people who have fever and rashes due to inhalation of spores in the soil. And other symptoms.

Bacteria are so terrifying, then OLANSI recommends several products to protect our healthy breathing, so that everyone is no longer troubled by air pollution:

 

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An air purifier suitable for your family is very important to us. For your health, it is not too late to buy an air purifier. OLANSI is committed to technology to create a better life for consumers. , High-quality and healthy life, to produce the most suitable air purifier for everyone. If you need a suitable air purifier, OLANSI is at your service at any time.

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Do you have an air purifier in your home to resist sandstorms

Recently, the weather in Beijing ushered in a sandstorm. While the flying dust made the sky extremely dim, breathing became difficult. If you go out without a mask, you can’t breathe at all. The advent of sandstorms has had a huge impact on the lives of citizens. Many citizens are concerned about the health hazards of sandstorms and hope to find relevant solutions.

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According to the Beijing Environmental Protection Monitoring Center, a large area of sandstorms appeared in the upper reaches of Beijing starting from the afternoon of the 3rd. At night, the main body of sand and dust moved eastward, and the southern edge passed through Beijing. It entered the northwest of Beijing from 3 am on the 4th. At 4 o’clock, the city’s PM10 reached a serious pollution level, and most of the points exceeded 1000 micrograms/m3.

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In response to the sand and dust weather process, the Beijing Meteorological Observatory issued a blue sand and dust warning signal on the same day. It is expected that sand and floating dust will continue during the day, and will gradually weaken around the evening. People need to pay attention to wind and sand.

 

According to meteorological experts, there are three reasons for the sand and dust weather: recently the northern area has less precipitation and the temperature is higher, and the meteorological conditions are conducive to the formation of sand and dust; the cyclone that affects the northern area has developed strong and the wind speed in the source of the sand. It is easy to cause sand and dust weather; as the cyclone moves eastward and develops, it will carry sand and dust upstream and affect the Beijing area.

 

In order to resist the pollution of sandstorms in Beijing, OLANSI air purifiers announced a decisive battle against sandstorms in China, and there are relevant discounts for consumers in Beijing. At the same time, the aerospace aluminum alloy primary filter has played a huge role. Compared with traditional air purifier products, because the primary filter technology is not mature enough to filter large particles such as dust storms, if large particles are not intercepted, it may cause huge damage to the air purifier product.

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Sandstorms are caused by the fact that the dust in the sky is blown by the wind, which is a large physical particle. The olansi air purifier product has a multi-layer filter system, which is the nemesis of sand and dust storms. Coupled with the strong purification efficiency, the sand and dust storms have nowhere to escape.

For more information about the air purifiers, or you need more information about the healthcare products, please feel free to contact:

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Cleaning Solution for Different Indoor Air Purifiers’ Filter

The quality of air directly affects people’s normal lives, but now the pollution index of most cities is very high, people’s living environment is seriously threatened, many people are due to air pollution, diseases. These are relatively painful prices. In order to improve this phenomenon, many people will buy an air evolution device at home. Slowly, the air evolution device will be popularized in every family. However, after using the air evolution device for a period of time, there will be many problems. The easier solution is cleaning. Some of the equipment in the air evolution device, the following introduces how to clean the filter element of the air purifier.

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  1. When cleaning the filter of air purifier, you can’t blindly clean the filter with water. Such as activated carbon filter and HEPA filter. All these filters cannot be cleaned directly with water. If the filter is installed in the filter element of the air purifier, after it is dirty, replace it intelligently. The filter cannot be cleaned.

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  1. If the air purifier filter is electrostatically dedusted, it cannot be cleaned with water. If it is soaked in water, the electrostatic function of the air purifier filter will be destroyed, and the dust removal effect cannot be achieved after installation again. The electrostatic filter element intelligently uses a blower or some blowers to remove impurities above.

 

  1. There are some simpler filter elements that can be cleaned directly with water, such as plastic pre-filter of OLS-A3 series, and also aluminum filter of K08 series, all of them can be washable. So, the structure of the filter element should be clearly distinguished when cleaning the filter element of the air purifier. Different filter element removal methods are different.

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The above introduces the cleaning method of the air evolution filter element. The method of cleaning each filter element is different, depending on the situation. To clean the filter element, you must first understand each filter element. If you need support or product information about the air purifier, please contact OLANSI.

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Olansi Air purifier has an effective way to kill viruses.

As a manufacturer of air purifiers, Olansi is more professional in the production of air purifier filters. A variety of high quality filters are available for customization.
At present, we have a special deodorizing filter that has passed the Korean KC and CA certification, which proves our ability in the production of filters.

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We have over 25models Air Purifers with different CADR and specification with different price.

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People snapped up air cleaning products because of the bad weather

 

Concern that the thick smog lingering over North China may pose serious health threats has boosted sales of air cleaning products across the nation.

Demand for humidifiers, air purifiers, masks and related items has skyrocketed since November, and merchants are expecting it to keep growing this month.

“The growth demonstrably outpaced that of other home appliances, and the rise is largely attributable to the recent air pollution,” Zhao said.

Though the gloomy weather is spread over northern China, especially Beijing, “We see in general an equal surge in demand in different parts of the country, and we believe the numbers will continue to rise until the end of the year,” she said.

Chang Zhonghua, a lab examiner at a pharmaceutical factory in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, said she had to wear a mask every day because of the poor air quality.

“I also spread bamboo charcoal bags around my home and in my car to purify the air. I don’t know whether this actually helps, or is simply a psychological comfort,” she said.

 

On Taobao.com, Alibaba.com,the country’s biggest online marketplace by registered users, air cleaning products such as air purifiers and humidifiers are the hottest search items on its homepage, said Qiao Peilei, a spokeswoman with Alibaba Group Holdings, the parent company of Taobao and Alibaba.com.

In the past 30 days, HYG Appliances, a Shenzhen-based electronics retailer, sold 5,541of one type of humidifier through its e-commerce channel on Tmall.com, the business-to-customer arm of Alibaba.

An HYG salesman said that’s three times the number sold last month and a 20 percent year-on-year increase. He added that 60 percent of the orders were delivered to Beijing and neighboring Hebei province.

“People snapped up air cleaning products because of the bad weather, and sales in one outlet in Beijing even doubled compared with this period last year,” Suning said in an e-mail.

Similarly, Gome Electrical Appliances, a major rival of Suning, saw air purifier and humidifier sales grow by 30 percent, said He Yangqing, Gome’s public relations director.

Tan Mingqi, a physician and chief of the respiratory department at Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang, said common masks and air purifiers help prevent users from inhaling dust. But it’s equally important to clean them, he said.

China uses a standard of particulate matter smaller than 10 micrometers (PM10) to measure air quality, but the public has urged authorities to adopt the stricter PM2.5 standard, which measures finer matter that is considered more hazardous to health because it can go deeper into the lungs.

“New Delhi breath” masks and air purifiers are out of stock

The air filled with sour, spicy eyes, choking throat, difficulty breathing, visibility is only tens of meters, all submerged in the thick haze. This is the last few days the reporter in the India capital New Delhi experienced serious haze experience.

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, prices have some anti haze masks soared to 2000 rupees (about 200 yuan) one.

“The times of India reported on 8 may >11 said, New Delhi haze in 1952 caused more than 4 thousand deaths in the London haze far behind. On the front page of the India times on the visiting British Prime Minister said:” welcome to the gas chamber, Teresa. “The CNN reported that, according to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, on the earth the most polluted city, now can not find the clean air.

India meteorological department said that since the end of October to New Delhi and North Indian region ushered in more than 20 years, the most severe haze, this situation will continue for about a week. According to the India air detection index shows that in recent days, New Delhi PM2.5 high security value is more than 17 times, the highest value was up to 1100 in some areas of India: Hindu >8 reported that the New Delhi area hospital patients increase 30%. India Centre for science and environment report, 10 thousand to 30 thousand people each year due to the haze of death in New Delhi.

At the same time, the pollution has caused serious economic losses in.2013, the world bank assessment, the deterioration of the environment in India every year to pay at least $80 billion in economic cost. The Hindu > reported that due to haze caused low visibility, multi car accident occurred in New Delhi area on the highway, causing many deaths.

With the city of New Delhi, many people and cars, the pollution is becoming more and more heavy pollution days for 46 days. In 1996 the government of India to take specific measures, once had a more obvious effect. However, by 2013, India pollution days increased to 74 days.

At present, New Delhi city vehicle population has reached 25 million, nearly 10 million vehicles. India Centre for science and environment scholar C Manu Vanni told reporters that in addition to vehicle emissions, mainly caused by the haze in New Delhi and North India so serious is the Diwali people set off firecrackers, at present it is agricultural area of Northwest India straw burning this is the season, the farmers to keep the lowest soil fertility cost. Another reason is due to the local government did not implement strict pollution control measures.

In the face of severe haze, New Delhi chief minister Koi Val held an emergency cabinet meeting on 6 May to discuss solutions. The decision of the government of New Delhi since 7 in New Delhi 3700 school holiday for three days, all construction work halted for 5 days, the next 10 days to prohibit the use of all fuel generators, temporarily shut down New Delhi’s Bada coal-fired power plant for 10 days, the government also called for all the people of New Delhi in the home office. From 7 onwards, uninterrupted implementation of sprinkler sprinkler operation, reduce the dust on the road. At the same time, New Delhi to the India central government proposed the implementation of artificial rainfall system to control the dust in the air. The New Delhi municipal government on 7 additional measures, including the car at the age of 15 years of above the vehicle must be canceled heavy trucks and truck passing, can not enter the city, all on fire control, shut down polluting enterprises, New Delhi City banned firecrackers.

At the same time, the pollution has caused serious economic losses in.2013, the world bank assessment, the deterioration of the environment in India every year to pay at least $80 billion in economic cost. The Hindu > reported that due to haze caused low visibility, multi car accident occurred in New Delhi area on the highway, causing many deaths.

With the city of New Delhi, many people and cars, the pollution is becoming more and more heavy pollution days for 46 days. In 1996 the government of India to take specific measures, once had a more obvious effect. However, by 2013, India pollution days increased to 74 days.

At present, New Delhi city vehicle population has reached 25 million, nearly 10 million vehicles. India Centre for science and environment scholar C Manu Vanni told reporters that in addition to vehicle emissions, mainly caused by the haze in New Delhi and North India so serious is the Diwali people set off firecrackers, at present it is agricultural area of Northwest India straw burning this is the season, the farmers to keep the lowest soil fertility cost. Another reason is due to the local government did not implement strict pollution control measures.

In the face of severe haze, New Delhi chief minister Koi Val held an emergency cabinet meeting on 6 May to discuss solutions. The decision of the government of New Delhi since 7 in New Delhi 3700 school holiday for three days, all construction work halted for 5 days, the next 10 days to prohibit the use of all fuel generators, temporarily shut down New Delhi’s Bada coal-fired power plant for 10 days, the government also called for all the people of New Delhi in the home office. From 7 onwards, uninterrupted implementation of sprinkler sprinkler operation, reduce the dust on the road. At the same time, New Delhi to the India central government proposed the implementation of artificial rainfall system to control the dust in the air. The New Delhi municipal government on 7 additional measures, including the car at the age of 15 years of above the vehicle must be canceled heavy trucks and truck passing, can not enter the city, all on fire control, shut down polluting enterprises, New Delhi City banned firecrackers.

Although the New Delhi government has taken these measures, but experts believe that this is a repeat of last year’s practice, too little too late. Times of India >7 headlines reported that serious haze is still not alert the government, preventing haze normalization should take control measures.

Air purifiers at traffic intersections: Experts call it mere band-aid fix

In a rather desperate move to counter the severe air pollution in Delhi, the government wants to install air purifiers at traffic intersections. But experts feel the idea is flawed on various counts. While this is more of a band-aid solution that doesn’t bring down vehicular emissions, the system may also not be as effective in “purifying” polluted air.

Each device, it is claimed, helps purify the air of up to 40% pollutants, including particulate matter, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, over a 30-metre radius. However, the results when the New Delhi Municipal Council installed a similar air purifier in Connaught Place in 2010 weren’t great, and the machine was soon dismantled.


“It did not prove very effective. You have to understand that the air purifier has to have a huge capacity to be able to filter all the pollution,” an NDMC official told TOI. “We installed it more for demonstration and did not even pay the company then.” He, however, added that NDMC was now thinking of reassessing the effectiveness of the machine because air quality has deteriorated so much.

The air purifiers being currently considered by Delhi government are a bit different. They have been designed by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and IIT Mumbai and manufactured by a Kerala-based company. These can filter particulate matter, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. The team is working on filtration of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) too, but that may take over a year. Delhi government’s press release on Friday said though that they could monitor NOx as well.

Each purifier costs Rs 1 lakh or so. A busy intersection could require up to five of them, depending on the area being covered. On trial in Mumbai at present, the results could determine whether the Maharashtra government will deploy them in parts of that city. A Maharashtra Pollution Control Board official said the trial for a single installation cost them about Rs 20 lakh.

“The system also creates turbulence that helps pollutants to disperse, which is helpful in Delhi’s calm winter when pollutants tend to remain concentrated near the road surface,” elaborated Rakesh Kumar, director, NEERI. The purifiers run on electricity, but can be operated on solar power too. Each machine being test run in Mumbai costs just around Rs 30 a day. China is planning to operate similar purifiers in some locations on a pilot test.

Experts, however, are not too taken by the idea of using the machines. “Air purifiers are definitely not effective, though virtual chimneys that create turbulence may help a little,” said a scientist at an air pollution monitoring agency.

Another expert, Anumita Roy Chowdhury, head of the clean air campaign at the Centre for Science and Environment, said that the use of machines to purify air at a few traffic intersections was a cosmetic measure at best. “The money could have been used more productively to reduce pollution from different sources,” she said. “We cannot afford to make expensive mistakes.”

 

Housing, education, immigration, healthcare: How smog alters Chinese lifestyles

Continuous haze over China’s urban areas is prodding more Chinese to mull their options in coping with the country’s air pollution crisis.

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Growing numbers of rich and middle-class Chinese are considering moving to less-developed areas in China or leaving the country entirely due to air pollution. Some have bought real estate in Hainan Island and western Yunnan province. Others have purchased houses in Jeju Island in Korea and Chiang Mai in Thailand as second homes.

Such real estate purchases cannot be correlated statistically with the bad air problem. But the heavy haze has undoubtedly made some Chinese cities and towns less suitable for living.

Some households who can’t afford to leave are also adopting practical strategies to deal with the problem. Electronic air cleaners, for example, have become indispensable items in places like offices, bedrooms, restaurants and cars. Some folks put on masks imported from abroad and change them every day. 

Some people completely ignore the haze because of financial limitations. Express delivery men, cab drivers, cleaning workers endure prolonged exposure to air pollution to keep their jobs and make ends meet. Under the haze, life is not equal in China. In theory, all people breathe the “same air.” But because of disparities in social class, haze-impacted lifestyles have become increasingly differentiated.

Schools for children from rich families have air cleaners

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Now that breathing clean air has become a luxury, people with middle- and upper-incomes can pay to protect themselves. For example, the International School of Beijing has spent $50 million to build two brand-new gyms with air cleaning systems.

This allows them to exercise without being exposed to polluted air from the outside. The practice is being imitated by other international schools. Tuition in these schools ranges from 100 to 200 thousand yuan per year putting them within reach to only a limited number of Chinese. 

Five-star hotels in China such as Hyatt have begun to install air cleaning systems in their guest rooms.  Since 2013, some multinationals have also started to pay air pollution allowances for foreign employees. Their Chinese employees, however, do not enjoy the same benefit.

Children from poor families are exposed to polluted air

State-owned China Daily reported recently that it will take a few more decades for China’s Air Quality Index to meet internationally acknowledged standards. One parent said that “this means that children in Beijing will now grow up breathing polluted air.” These children will pay more for such exposure. For example, they will have to visit the hospitals often, won’t have the opportunity to exercise outside, and won’t be able to bathe in sufficient sunlight throughout the year. 

Insurance companies also see a business opportunity in the haze hazard. People’s Insurance Company of China (PICC) formerly offered Beijing residents insurance cover against health risks caused by air pollution, promising to pay out 1,500 yuan ($240) to policy holders hospitalized by smog.

he policy, available for people aged 10 to 50, also paid out 300 yuan when the city’s official smog index exceeds 300 for five consecutive days, a level considered “hazardous.” Regulators later fined PICC because it changed the insurance policy without official authorization and cancelled the insurance scheme and others like it.

Selling the family house in Beijing

Chinese film director Zhangke Jia has said he is determined to leave Beijing because of the haze. Places like Sanya, Dali, Xiamen, as well as Chiang Mai in Thailand, Jeju Island in Korea and Singapore have become popular destinations for Chinese people suffering from polluted air.

Despite a lack of government statistics on the subject, it is now common knowledge that the haze problem in northern China is impacting the local real estate market. An example is urban residents buying property in place like Hainan Province which faces the Gulf of Tonkin.

According to data from  the China Real Estate Information Corporation, the majority of new property owners in Hainan are from Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Shanxi, as well as other areas of northeastern China. House prices in Sanya, a resort area on Hainan Island, have climbed to 20 thousand yuan per square meter. Clean air is the obvious attraction. 

China’s elite increasingly relocates overseas

In addition to social mobility, educational resources and social welfare, the “no haze” factor has become a key motivation for Chinese immigrating abroad. According to Forbes, those eligible to be part of China’s rich classes numbered 15,28 million in 2015. These very affluent Chinese are stirring another wave of overseas immigration to escape polluted air in China.

In another revelation, a 2014 Hurun Report disclosed that 64% of Chinese people who have more than $1.6 million dollars to their name have moved or will be moving abroad. Pollution and food safety were given as the two most critical reasons for the exodus. 

“If environmental degradation continues, mid- and upper-income class (as well as low-income but younger age groups) will inevitably move abroad. This resembles the immigration wave during wartime. No one can stop it, because the need for security is the basic need of human beings,” said Chinese economist Dingding Wang.    

China’s model has made people richer, but air dirtier

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The country’s real estate and vehicle sectors have gunned the engines of GDP growth. But these industries have wrought irreversible environmental damage. Recent articles in the Chinese media have pointed out that investment in low-cost, high-pollution industries has contributed enormously to Chinese economy in past decades.

However, as the rich urban middle class has reaped the benefits, they are also paying the cost in environmental terms.

Responding the this situation, the Chinese government in 2015 revised its official manual on air pollution under emergent conditions. It was the first revision since the manual was published in 2013.

Currently, when the Air Quality Index surpasses a reading of 200 for 72 hours, the government will publicly declare a “red alert.” Under such conditions, industries will be encouraged to suspend manufacturing, vehicles will be placed under operating restrictions, and kindergarten as well as elementary and middle schools will suspend classes. 

The New York Times once pointed out that air pollution had made Chinese people more equal. Some Chinese media say the opposite is the case. For example, under the new “red alert,” children from lower-income families will be breathing polluted air, while those from the upper class will be able to turn on the air-cleaning system in their home. Even some rich Chinese people are buying fresh air by going to Canada. Who says money can’t buy happiness? For some Chinese, they think it can.