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Qingdao Set to Improve Air Quality

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Qingdao Shinan-Laoshan District Tourist Zone
Qingdao, China’s Sailing City and home of the largest beer festival in Asia, in an effort to improve air quality will ban high pollution emission vehicles from operating on the road in the Shinan District Tourist Zone from 7:00am-8:00pm.

The tourist zone runs south of Hong Kong Road and extends from Qingdao’s Old Town in Shinan district to the rocky shores of Maidao on the edge of Laoshan district.  The restricted area is colored pink in the illustration on the above-left.

Except for ambulances, fire engines, engineering rescue, and public transportation, all other vehicles are banned from operating in the restricted zone from 7:00am-8:00pm.  Violators will be fined 200RMB.

Specifically, if the car does not comply with the National I Emission Standards then it is considered a high pollution emission vehicle.  Generally, all vehicles produced before 2000 are considered high pollution emission vehicles.

The Qingdao city government offers special grants and incentives to local citizens who wish to trade in their “yellow marked vehicles”.

Source:
www.qingdaonews.com/gb/content/2012-03/20/content_9159175.htm

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2 Responses to “Qingdao Set to Improve Air Quality”

  1. TQD says:

    There is a handy new iPhone application by Fresh-Ideas Studio that displays real-time air quality/pollution indexes of 120 major cities in China including Qingdao. The data is a direct feed from China MEP and the U.S. Embassy.

    http://air.fresh-ideas.cc/en/
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id477700080?ls=1&mt=8

  2. cdogg says:

    Qingdao’s air quality especially in ChengYang District is dismal at best. I recently returned from a trip to Yunnan and upon stepping of the plane at the airport I almost gagged. The taste of Carbon particulate matter similar to that after a large fireworks display during the Chinese New Year is ever present and poses serious health issues for local Qingdao residents during winter months. Qingdao needs to start cleaning up more than just the tourists areas of ShiNan District!

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