High pollution levels hit Beijing at Golden Week's close
BEIJING (AFP) - A cloud of pollution descended over Beijing at the weekend, shrouding the city and its famous cultural landmarks in a thick haze amid a US warning against physical activity outdoors.
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centr3 said on its website on Sunday that pollution levels in the city's six core districts was at 225-245.
According to a table carried in the state-run Beijing News daily, such a reading corresponds to Level 5 on the pollution scale. Anything above 300 is Level 6, China's highest.
Readings posted by the United States embassy, however, were much higher.