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20 Nov ’10

Top 10 Most Polluted Cities in China

China’s economy is growing rapidly but with its over-reliance on coal power and a growing motor industry, there is always a price to pay for development, and none so higher than in the cities below. We have ranked the top 10 most polluted cities in China.

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Here is a list of the top ten most polluted cities across China along with more information.

1. Linfen, China 临汾
2. Tianying, China 田营
3. Yangquan, China 阳泉
4. Datong, China 大同
5. Shizuishan, China 石嘴山
6. Lanzhou, China 兰州
7. Zhuzhou, China 株洲
8. Chongqing, China 重庆
9. Shenyang, China 沈阳
10. Zhengzhou, China 郑州

No. 1. Linfen, China 临汾

Located in southern Shanxi Province 山西省, Linfen is one of the world’s most polluted cities according to Time Magazine. Linfen has become smoggy and dust-covered due to the proliferation of coal-burning power plants. Linfen sits in a basin which exacerbates its pollution problem.

2. Tianying, China 田营

Together with Linfen, Tianying Town is another world’s most polluted area which locates in the city of Jieshou 界首. Nearly half of China’s lead production is located in Tianying and the surrounding area. The use of antiquated technology and lack of proper disposal have led to high levels of lead pollution in the area.

3. Yangquan, China 阳泉

Also located within the Shanxi province of China, Yangquan is rich in mineral resources, however infamous for its pollution due to lack of forests.

4. Datong, China 大同

Located in northern Shanxi Province, Datong is a pilot city for rehabilitation studies following years of pollution.

5. Shizuishan, China 石嘴山

As the second biggest city in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region 宁夏回族自治区 in Western China, Shizuishan was once described as the best place to make a film about the end of the world. The Chinese government blacklisted the city in 2005 for its pollution problem.

6. Lanzhou, China 兰州

As the capital city of Gansu Province 甘肃省 in Northwestern China, Lanzhou has some of the worst air quality of all cities in China. Lanzhou is also one of the 30 most polluted cities in the world.

7. Zhuzhou, China 株洲

As the second largest city in Hunan Province 湖南省, Zhuzhou is a high-tech industrial development zone which provides incentives to encourage investment in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals as well as other fields.

8. Chongqing, China 重庆

As one of the five national central cities, Chongqing is a major city in Southwestern China and the world’s fastest-growing city. Known for its fog, chongqing suffers from very heavy air pollution which gives the city a nickname of “the Fog Capital” 雾都.

9. Shenyang, China 沈阳

Capital of Liaoning Province 辽宁省 in Northeast China, Shenyang is an important industrial center in the country. A titan of heavy industry since the 1930s, Shenyang has been diversifying its industry and improving its environment.

10. Zhengzhou, China 郑州

Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan Province 河南省 and lies on the southern plain of the Yellow River. Rich in natural resources and famous for its historical heritage, Zhenzhou is determined to get rid of its pollution problem.

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5 Comments


  1. Jec

    The first picture is horrendous.


  2. Yeah, but such pictures can be because of sand storms – not necessary the pollution.
    And also the man with the mask (on the bicycle) is more likely to have flu than suffering from the pollution :-)


    • Nia

      Yes, that is possible. We can only find out what the real situation is if we actually visit the city. Meanwhile, they’re expected to carry out environmental protection plans to reduce pollution.


    • When I was in Shanghai and Guangzhou, pretty sure it was ridiculous amounts of pollution I was inhaling and not sand :D , I only remember a lot of sand in the north of China in autumn and winter. I imagine the basic masks help a little bit for the pollution, but yeah masks are for flu really, and most don’t have a carbon filter mask for carbon monoxide etc, those ones are more expensive.


      • Nia

        I don’t think Guangzhou has sandstorms. But I saw lots of people worn masks either for flu or air pollution. Some masks had really cute cartoon characters on too. :)



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