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A photograph of bicycles in China that are equipped with air filtration equipment to protect riders from smog.

What If Bikes Ate Smog?

No, not metaphorically. We’re talking about sending fleets of bicycles with air filtration equipment into the streets to remove nasty airborne particles.

A 1980s photo of a girl riding her bike in Beijing.

Rebuilding the 'Kingdom of Bicycles'

Two decades ago, China pushed bikes aside to advance its car-centric ambitions. Now it’s regretting that move—and betting on bike share to making cycling cool again.

The Tower That Sucks in Smog and Spits Out Clean Air

A Dutch designer has debuted a pollution-eating tower in Beijing, and hopes to install 800 more in public parks across China.

How China Became a Country of Suburbs

If there’s a “Chinese Dream,” it can be found on the fast-growing outskirts of Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities.

Gag From Space at China's Massive Smog Ocean

Hazardous levels of air pollution are expected to persist in the coming days.

Beijing's Smog Is So Bad You Can Turn It Into a Brick

An artist spent three months sucking up city air with a vacuum, and here’s the nasty result.

Why China Wants to Build Something Called 'Sponge Cities'

China’s central government has an ambitious green infrastructure plan. But will the results live up to the rhetoric?

Beijing Replaced This Huge Bridge in Only 43 Hours

Using traditional construction methods would have taken months, so China got crafty.

A Hypnotic Animation of the World's Carbon Emissions

Greenhouse gases swirl in abandon in this NASA video.

Don't You Wish You Were Wearing a Plantenna?

Don’t be silly! Try on a flower fascinator.

How Chinese Superstition About the Number 4 Makes Beijing Traffic Worse

It’s also connected with lower happiness, according to a new study.

Wearable Maps of 80 Cities Around the Globe

A U.K. designer is using open data to produce dramatic t-shirts of cities from Phoenix to Beijing.

Beijing's Newest Weapon Against Smog: A Supercomputer

IBM says its artificially intelligent machine can forecast air pollution up to 72 hours in advance.

A Chinese Anti-Smog Campaign Shows Children Crying in a Haze

The ghostly kids look like they’re suffocating in smoke.

Soon You'll Need a Parking Spot Before You Can Buy a Car in Beijing

Officials expect the plan to reduce congestion in the crowded city.

Beijing's Air Pollution Is Getting a Little Less Deadly

There's still a long way to go, but the Chinese capital has taken a symbolic step forward.

China's Notorious Smog Gets a Weird Musical Tribute

Three years of air-quality readings in Beijing are mixed into this unsettling track.

Beijing Has Turned Into a Beautiful Ghost Town for Chinese New Year

Witness the largest annual human migration.

Please Let China's New Fare Card Be a Slap Bracelet

Here's hoping the 1990s are back!

Presenting the World's Tiniest E-Bike

The "Impossible" electric bike folds up to fit in a backpack, and makes riders look only slightly like a bear doing a circus trick.