Top 10 most polluted Chinese cities in 2016

In general, the country's air quality in 2016 slightly improved year-on-year

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Top 10 most polluted cities in 2016

The air quality report for 2016 has been finally issued by the The Ministry of Environmental Protection on Friday.

The good news is the density of main pollutants is dropped compared to that of 2015, but the air pollution in winter in the northern parts of China is still very bad.

Check the gallery: Chinese Pollution is so bad that is almost poetic

Top 10 most polluted Chinese cities

1) Hengshui, Hebei
2) Shijiazhuang, Hebei
3) Baoding, Hebei
4) Xingtai, Hebei
5) Handan, Hebei
6) Tangshan, Hebei
7) Zhengzhou, Henan
8) Xi'an, Shaanxi
9) Jinan, Shandong
10) Taiyuan, Shanxi

The first six cities on the list are located in Hebei province and the others are not so far from Hebei. Among 338 cities, 84 cities' air quality reached the national standard, 11 more than that in 2015. 78.8% of days had good air quality, 2.1 percentage points higher than the year before. The annual average density of PM2.5, particulate measuring less than 2.5 microns, fell by 6%, reaching 47 micrograms per cubic meter. Severely polluted days accounted for 2.6% of the year, down 0.6 percentage-points year-on-year.

The ten cities with the best air quality are found in the south, southwest, and on the east coast of the country.

Top 10 least polluted cities

1) Haikou, Hainan
2) Zhoushan, Zhejiang
3) Huizhou, Guangdong
4) Xiamen, Fujian
5) Fuzhou, Fujian
6) Shenzhen, Guangdong
7) Lishui, Zhejiang
8) Zhuhai, Guangdong
9) Kunming, Yunnan
10) Taizhou, Zhejiang

Source: China Daily

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