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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.
In this Dec. 1, 2015 photo, a couple wears matching panda themed masks to protect themselves from pollutants near Tiananmen Gate on a heavily polluted day in Beijing. Episodes of nauseating smog lasting several days has become part of wintertime in the Chinese capital, and for many Beijing residents face masks have become a routine cold-weather accessory, along with hats and gloves. Andy Wong / AP