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Masks Become a Fashion Statement as Beijing Smog Persists

As air pollution in the capital city persists, masks have become the new norm in Beijing.

. Although Beijing has experienced air quality at much worse levels in recent years, the latest bout of pollution was the first to trigger a red alert under a 2-year-old system that requires a forecast at the outset of at least 72 hours of consecutive high pollution.

Above, a woman wears a mask decorated with a cartoon character on Nov. 13.

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. A woman wears a cat-themed mask on Dec. 1.

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. A woman walks through a shopping area on Dec. 8.

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. A couple wears matching panda-themed masks near Tiananmen Square on Dec. 1.

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. A man kisses his partner goodbye as they commute to work on Dec. 8.

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. A woman wears a floral-style mask to protect herself from air pollution on Dec. 1.

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. Police officers patrol in front of Tiananmen Square on Dec. 8.

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. A woman wears a mask decorated with bows on Dec. 1.

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. A man wearing a mask looks at his mobile on Dec. 8.

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. A woman wears a plaid mask on Dec. 1.

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. A child wears a protective mask with an animal figure on it on Dec. 8.

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. People wear masks as they commute to work in heavy smog on Dec. 8.

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. Many residents in Beijing are becoming accustomed to wearing masks during winter since episodes of nauseating smog lasting several days have become increasingly common.

Read: Even Hospitals Aren't Safe From Beijing's Toxic Smog

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