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From Iceland to Maldives, Chinese seek 'lung cleansing' trips

Sudden demand for faraway places with clean air comes in wake of toxic haze over country
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 05:50

Online searches for places with pristine, or at least clean, environments shot up after heavy smog blanketed many parts of the country, forcing 62 cities, including Beijing, to issue health alerts.


TOXIC haze that settled over much of China during the last three weeks has triggered a flight reflex among residents, leading to the rising popularity of smog avoidance travel packages to far-flung locations such as Iceland and Antarctica.

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