In China, Numbers of Tourists are Buying Bags of "Fresh Air" for a Healthier Living


Tourists are Buying Bags of "Fresh Air" for a Healthier Living
In China, Villagers sells bags of "fresh air" to tourists


We always say that the best things in life are free - technically that includes the air we breathe.

But not this is not technically true, well at least in southern China's Guangdong Province, where locals prove that "air-for-sell" scheme is actually a legitimate business.


After days of smoggy weather in Guangdong Province, city dwellers flocked to the mountain side on weekends for a breath of fresh air, but they were met with vendors literally selling fresh air.


Stalls with bags of "fresh air" were displayed for sale -- vendors claimed to have collected the air from "the depths of the mountain."


One of the poster written in local language, translated "Purchasing clean air is purchasing a healthy life."


Priced between 10 to 30 yuan (USD1.50 - USD4.60) some tourists were seen buying these air bags and breathing fresh air which proves to be a luxury on smoggy days.


Tourists are Buying Bags of "Fresh Air" for a Healthier Living

Tourists are Buying Bags of "Fresh Air" for a Healthier Living

The ad says, "Purchasing clean air is purchasing a healthy life."



Tourists are Buying Bags of "Fresh Air" for a Healthier Living

Tourists are Buying Bags of "Fresh Air" for a Healthier Living


For 10 to 30 yuan (USD1.5 - USD4.6 tourists can avail these air bags and breathing fresh air


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  1. Interesting have seen this at a Food show where pure Oxygen was sold. I guess nothing is free in life after all

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    1. anything that is rare is a luxury.. well even pure Oxygen!

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  2. Whoaaa, this is insane! Thanks for sharing such a unique post - the photos really breathed life into the subject as well!

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    1. Thanks Pier! Now I wonder if I can also do that from my Mom's backyard and try to sell the provincial air to Chinese tourists, lol

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  3. I do not know if I should laugh at the absurdity of selling bagged air, or cry because the smog is so bad there that this is a viable business. Crazy world.

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    1. I know right! Jennifer, China is a very interesting place... and there are times that they can do and get anything.. like money CAN BUY ANYTHING

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  4. Thats very sad yet interesting. Is this because of excessive pollution from manufacturing units in the neighborhood?

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    1. Yes Sona, China especially in Shenzhen and Beijing are too polluted. And you can't blame them if they are willing to buy anything that will give them fresh are. If they happen to step in New Zealand, they would definitely relocate there.

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  5. It's sad when the free things in life stop being free. Fresh air should not be considered a luxury under any circumstance!

    Elena | www.inspiredtoexplore.com

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    1. I agree... but we can't blame this people to buy it, coz maybe they are living their whole life breathing dirty air.

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  6. Surprised and sad... wonder what they will do with those plastic packets! Hope they reuse.

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    1. Yeah hope so. Or else it's another problem :)

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  7. Now that is interesting. How do you breathe it - just open and suck in air or is there an apparatus to it?

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    1. NO apparatus.. you just have to sniff everything inside :) I know its funny. Welcome to China!

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  8. Damn...How is bagged air healthy anyways...and I didnt know the sog situation in China was that bad..Kind of sad but interesting post :)

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    1. I also wonder if they sell ala-bottomless :)

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  9. This is so sad :-( I hope all the plastic bags don't end up on the side of the road.

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    1. Well that's another problem. Sometimes, some Chinese tourists are hard to educate. You have to exercise more patience with them

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  10. This seems so funny!! Bu I actually experienced the chinese polluted air and I believe that they are seeking for fresh air ... so sad!

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    1. yeah, Chinese pollution is like there's a thunderstorm coming - to dark, you thought its going to rain, but not.

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  11. That's such an interesting concept. I've never heard of this before!

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    1. Yeah, anything that is rare is business (Chinese concept)

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  12. What's truly amazing is that you can have such beautiful trees in a polluted area. I know they clean the air, but from a point on, the fact they still survive is a miracle. I thought my city is polluted, but it hasn't gotten so bad that we have to go buy a bag of fresh air yet. That's insane!

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    1. Exactly Alina. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  13. Those pictures are wild. I remember the first time I saw smog (when I was a kid in LA) and it was very upsetting to me. But I can't imagine paying money for fresh air!

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    1. Yeah, but they think if people can buy/pay oxygen in a tank, why not an oxygen in a plastic bag? Sounds funny but sometimes makes sense, LOL

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  14. Asia never stops surprising me! This is truly incredible... I've already read a lot about the quality of the air people breath in very polluted areas, and the different ideas they are coming up with to improve the situation.. This is quite innovative, let's say.

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    1. I agree, but not part of China is polluted. Only in various key cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzen. In rural areas of China, it feels like HEAVEN. So I believe most of these Chinese tourist are from the city.

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  15. This is not something that one gets to hear of everyday. but yes, people have damaged the environemtn so badly that we are now short of fresh air.

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    1. yeah, that's why we have to teach our little ones about caring our environment, and loving it unconditionally

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  16. Wow that's crazy, I didn't know about that! I feel lucky now that the air here in Ireland is so pure :)

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    1. Good for you! Over-population also causes pollution.

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  17. Wow that's crazy, I didn't know about that! I feel so lucky that the air is so pure here in Ireland :)

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  18. Enlightening! Truly interesting the industry to sell air and oxygen. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. What's next? Air-in-a-bottle? With NO genie!

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  19. I think that is a bit extreme and there is not proven fact that the air from the bag is healthy, lol. Adding flowers to it doesn't help. I've actually visited Beijing and I have some photos with the beautiful blue sky, no smog anywhere.

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    1. People living in rurals areas are somehow still lucky!

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  20. Selling air? Why not? I remember when people thought it was crazy to buy bottled water, and now it can easily cost more than gasoline.

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    1. makes sense, just like the oxygen inside the tank :)

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  21. JONA | BACKPACKING WITH A BOOK:

    I don't know if my comment went through, but China is really surprising. But this trend is only popular in polluted megacities like Beijing. Most parts of the country still enjoy fresh air.

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    1. we are still be thankful that there are still places where fresh air are FREE

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