Coping with smog – A sense of humor helps. Beijingers coined the wry phrase '#APEC blue' after authorities used extreme measures to control pollution during November's APEC summit. The smog quickly returned after the summit finished and world leaders had departed. With snow forecast this week in the capital, locals have coined a new weather word: snoggy.
Mask the problem – Face masks that protect against the smog are de rigueur for both a morning stroll .....
Sport in the smog – ....and sporting events like the recent Beijing marathon.
Smog fashion – Fashion designers are even incorporating face masks into designs and runway shows.
Empty playgrounds – Schools keep students indoors during heavy smog.
Play dome – The International School of Beijing has erected a huge dome to allow kids space to roam and breathe.
Play dome – Otherwise they would have little opportunity for physical exercise in clean air.
'Invisible' mask – The pollution problem is also driving innovation. Infipure's "nose mask" claims to cut 99% of PM 2.5 particles without the bulkiness of a surgical face mask. The disposable filters, made from non-toxic, latex-free materials, are inserted into your nostrils and aim to be undetectable.
Plant backpack – Artists have come up with their own take on the problem. Chiu Chih has designed a a bold, abstract take on an oxygen tank -- a potted plant inside a clear backpack hooked up to two tubes to funnel fresh air into a face mask.
Breathing bike – British artist Matt Hope attached a small generator to a bike's back wheel and as he pedals, electricity is produced to power his homemade filtration system. He says it's "an ironic commentary about living in China."
DIY air purifier – Thomas Talhelm started worrying about the air inside his Beijing home in 2013 but couldn't afford the luxury of an expensive air purifier. He created an air purifier consisting of a basic household fan with a HEPA filter attached to it.
What the Great Wall should look like everyday – But it's not always gloomy. Clear days provoke a frenzy of photo taking in and around the Chinese capital. These days though are not common enough.