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Farewell Kouzhao?

The long-awaited wind finally comes today, on the first day of February, and drives away the smog that has been keeping Beijing prisoner for the best part of January, much to the delight of the Beijingers. As we bid farewell to the smog, we are also temporarily saying goodbye to Kouzhao, or face mask, which has been protecting us, even if only psychologically, from the devilish PM 2.5. Looking back on these Kouzhaos, what’s on your mind?

If wasn’t for the horrendously high level of PM 2.5, perhaps this would do:


However, since the level of PM 2.5 is way off the chart, we can only rely on face masks, because...

Photos from @Little lunatic’s weibo (小疯疯的围脖) and @Sindri. The former said she used her mask (top right) for less than a week. And Sindri said his mask (bottom left) he wore for only less than 8 hours over 3 days in Beijing. Photo:

To some, face masks are not enough...

Photo by @Today has_ Snow (今日有_雪). This is allegedly her gear for the trip to work. She is not alone, apparently... Photo:

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