Where Not To Go: Linfen, China

Earlier this year, we noted “10 Places Not to Go in 2010.” You can now add Linfen, China to the list. It’s been named the dirtiest city on the planet. Always up for a little self-abuse, the kids at Vice recently went for a visit.

Linfen is one of the most polluted cities in the world, 16 of which are located in China.There’s a thick, perma-haze in the industrial, coal-mining city of four million in the Shanxi, Province. A day spent breathing the city’s smoggy air is equal to smoking three packs of cigarettes; children play amidst a backdrop of endless factories belching dirty smoke into the air. (Take that, smoking baby.) According to Vice reporter David Feinberg, many of the city’s elderly have trouble speaking because of widespread emphysema. The city’s residents are aware of the pollution but, with no where else to go, most remain. Thankfully, we have no such pollution here in the ol’ U.S. of A. Oh wait…

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