I’m walking through a factory in the southern province of Guangdong. Little beads of sweat run down my back as I try to concentrate through the early summer heat.
China likes to top lists – world’s tallest observation deck; world’s fastest train; world’s largest population. In October, China topped another list – world’s least charitable country.
All signs were pointing to a banner year in air quality for 2015. You had increased awareness, green initiatives, and government measures all in place. Unfortunately, the air quality in Shanghai actually worsened in 2015. We're not talking about just a little bit, either.
Beneath the gleaming surface of its showcase cities, China is a land of pure obfuscation. In a place rife with dichotomies – rich versus poor, rural versus urban, male versus female – many fall prey to black-and-white categorizations of what they see. Switch one’s perspective and an entirely new reality comes to light.