Today the weather is beyond the levels that are allowable to be outside in. This morning I went to explore the city a little and ended up buying a large map of the world at a bookstore. However, during this endeavor there was a nasty wind blowing and the dirt was just flying into my face. I had a constant dry mouth sensation. I knew something was off about today’s weather. Over the past few days we have had beautiful blue skies and warm weather. So today’s weather was so unexpected. There was a yellow tint in the air, everywhere you went. Turns out that that was a thick layer of dust in the air that is similar to a wood shop classroom. I started to feel exhausted really easily because what I was breathing turned out to be hazardous, extremely hazardous. According to AQI (Air Quality Index), over 100 isn’t healthy, 250 is very unhealthy, and 400 or so is hazardous. So when I returned home I was curious as to just how bad the air quality is. On some of the worst days so far, it’s been in the 700’s which is actually hazardous enough that I would wear a surgical mask to make it easier to breathe. Today’s levels clocked in at 1532 at 4 pm, almost 4x the normal hazardous levels. It’s recommended that if the levels are above 400 you should avoid going outside if you are able. The scale doesn’t mention over 1000 because it shouldn’t get that hazardous. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a surgical mask on me and the air really is thick and painful. Plans for the rest of the day are spent inside. If you are curious about Xi’an pollution, check the website http://aqicn.info/city/xian/
Below are pictures of just how bad it is, and no, there is no sepia filter. That’s as yellow as it looks, this is the worst it’s been for a while.