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Heavy fog envelops Chinese cities

Date: 2013-01-14

Two students demonstrate wearing masks under a guidance of a teacher in an indoor physical education class as the outdoor sports activities for primary and middle schools were ordered to be halted due to heavy air pollution in Hupo Shanzhuang Elementary School in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province, Jan. 14, 2013. Emergency response measures were adopted in many Chinese cities, where the air has held excessive levels of major pollutants in the past few days due to prolonged fog and smog. Heavy fog has caused highway closures and flight delays in several provinces. The elderly, children and those suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are advised to stay indoors to reduce exposure to polluted air. (Xinhua/Yang Xiaoyuan)

A bridge looms amid heavy fog in the West Lake of Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Jan. 14, 2013. Emergency response measures were adopted in many Chinese cities, where the air has held excessive levels of major pollutants in the past few days due to prolonged fog and smog. Heavy fog has caused highway closures and flight delays in several provinces. The elderly, children and those suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are advised to stay indoors to reduce exposure to polluted air. (Xinhua/Li Zhong)

Citizens do morning exercises amid heavy fog in Hongze County, east China's Jiangsu Province, Jan. 14, 2013. Emergency response measures were adopted in many Chinese cities, where the air has held excessive levels of major pollutants in the past few days due to prolonged fog and smog. Heavy fog has caused highway closures and flight delays in several provinces. The elderly, children and those suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are advised to stay indoors to reduce exposure to polluted air. (Xinhua/Chen Liang)

Skyscrapers are partly seen amid thick fog in Suzhou, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Jan. 14, 2013. Emergency response measures were adopted in many Chinese cities, where the air has held excessive levels of major pollutants in the past few days due to prolonged fog and smog. Heavy fog has caused highway closures and flight delays in several provinces. The elderly, children and those suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are advised to stay indoors to reduce exposure to polluted air. (Xinhua/Yao Jianping)

A notice shows highway closure due to snow and heavy fog at the entrance of Qingdao-Yinchuan Highway in Zibo, east China's Shandong Province, Jan. 14, 2013. Emergency response measures were adopted in many Chinese cities, where the air has held excessive levels of major pollutants in the past few days due to prolonged fog and smog. Heavy fog has caused highway closures and flight delays in several provinces. The elderly, children and those suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are advised to stay indoors to reduce exposure to polluted air. (Xinhua/Guo Xulei)

Tourists take photos amid heavy fog in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 14, 2013. Emergency response measures were adopted in many Chinese cities, where the air has held excessive levels of major pollutants in the past few days due to prolonged fog and smog. Heavy fog has caused highway closures and flight delays in several provinces. The elderly, children and those suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are advised to stay indoors to reduce exposure to polluted air. (Xinhua/Liu Xiaojing)

A high-speed railway runs amid heavy fog in Xuchang, central China's Henan Province, Jan. 14, 2013. Emergency response measures were adopted in many Chinese cities, where the air has held excessive levels of major pollutants in the past few days due to prolonged fog and smog. Heavy fog has caused highway closures and flight delays in several provinces. The elderly, children and those suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are advised to stay indoors to reduce exposure to polluted air. (Xinhua/Niu Shupei)