I'm going to say it.............. apart from Hong Kong the pollution in china is APPALLING! I'm stunned, it hangs like a ghastly hazy cloud of smog EVERYWHERE and I underestimated the level of it completely.
For the first 12 days of our trip we DID NOT SEE blue sky or clouds unless we were on an internal flight up in the sky. At each destination the guides said it was better than it normally is as these were 'good' days - how sad is that.
I'm not exaggerating when I say we couldn't see much more than half a mile into the distance ANYWHERE we went! The Yangtse cruise was probably the most disappointing, what should have been breathtaking views into the distance completely lost in filthy smog.
Don't get me wrong, we had a fantastic holiday and saw some outstanding things. I wouldn't change a minute of it, but I'm never going back unless I can actually see the sky above me and the views ahead of me. Sorry!