Shanghai air pollution

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Nov 7th, 2018, 03:52 PM
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Shanghai air pollution

Should I plan on packing a mask for trip to Shanghai for poor air quality? If so what kind should I shop for? Thank you for your input.
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Nov 11th, 2018, 08:41 AM
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Unless you already have a medical condition and plan to live there, there is no use.
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Nov 11th, 2018, 01:11 PM
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No mask needed. Our last trip to Shanghai in 2016 was the first time I noticed pollution when driving in from the airport. However, once in the city, I never noticed it at all and have asthma. Beijing had air like pea soup or bad fog on one of my trips there a few years earlier.
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Nov 17th, 2018, 12:17 PM
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We were in Shanghai and Beijing in October 2018. Both skies polluted but we never wore a mask. We lucked out in Beijing as it was windy that day and helped to clear the air. Prepare for crowds!
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Nov 19th, 2018, 03:32 PM
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Watch your pocketbook when near other people = all the time.
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Nov 21st, 2018, 08:16 AM
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Most certainly. Be prepared. N95 or higher is the only worthwhile grade. Not expensive, and obtainable from Ironmongers/hardware stores in most countries. Also easily available in China but you'd be better to buy at home to ensure quality. Note, though, that to work they must be fitted tightly, and can be uncomfortable. If you are bearded they won't work. Shanghai's seaside location makes the air there generally much better than Beijing's (and far better than certain industrial metropolises) as the muck is blown out to sea (and visible from the plane as you fly in). So there's still plenty of it. See:

Shanghai Air Pollution: Real-time PM2.5 Air Quality Index (AQI)
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Nov 29th, 2018, 07:19 PM
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Hello , I am new to this forum. I also live in Shanghai, where I have been living for the last three years.

I have yet used a mask here, but I am always careful about turning my air purifier on – as well as keeping windows closed on “bad” days. These days (December) , it’s quite awful. However, still a long way to go to Beijing (600 in air pollution level, Shanghai is usually at 250 on the worst).
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Nov 30th, 2018, 11:29 AM
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I used mask in Shanghai as I am allergic to air pollution and also I get headache when there's a lot of carbon dioxide near me. As a safety precautions, you should use mask.
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Dec 4th, 2018, 11:53 PM
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IF you use a mask, make sure to use one that is actually working. 90 % of the stuff sold in the streets of Shanghai are horrible, thin, non-working masks...
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