fter severe pollution choked much of eastern China last year, many people swore off the ancient tradition so they could protect their lungs and the environment. Shanghai resident Shen Bingling used to celebrate by wheeling a luggage cart full of fireworks onto a street and joining the neighbors in igniting a frenzy of pyrotechnics. Chunks of burned paper would rain down and the air would Air Max 2017 Junior fill with clouds that smelled of sulfur. Shen, who works as a doorman in a downtown apartment building, says he wouldn't dream of doing something like that today. "According to our Chinese people's tradition, to have good fortune you should set off fireworks," says Shen, 55, who wore a red scarf in honor of the Lunar New Year. "But for the sake of the air now, you shouldn't. "Record breaking, toxic smog struck Shanghai in December and appears to have dramatically changed minds here.
"Liu, 34, grew up lighting fireworks in China's frigid northeast, but this year she cut her family's fireworks budget. "I think if everyone can reduce the amount of fireworks they set off, that Nike Air Max 2017 China
than 85 percent of citizens say they won't buy fireworks during this holiday, according to a survey by the Shanghai Bureau of Statistics. For Julia Liu, a teacher in the city's financial district, the memories of last year's smog are fresh and awful. "Every morning, when I got out of bed and went outside, I'd see that the air was gray and yellow," she says. "It put me in a bad mood. My throat was pretty dry. There's probably no direct health effect now, but I worry that 10 or 20 years from now, it might have an impact.
Li Mei, a retired cigarette factory worker who wore a plaid.
off fireworks, he'll feel very disappointed. "Chinese light fireworks this time of year to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. Even with pollution rising to hazardous levels Thursday, some people felt compelled by custom or nostalgia.
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