Green Post: Once a Green City
What has Linfen in China's Shanxi province has in common with Sumgayit in Azerbaijan; Sukinda and Vapin in India, La Oroya in Peru; Dzerzhinsk, Kabwe and Noril'sk in Russia and Chernobyl in Ukraine? All are among some of the most polluted places in our planet Earth! Linfen is in the heart of China's coal belt. The hills around the city are dotted with mines which keep the city black with soot. Legend has it that the city was the capital of the legendary ruler Yao(inset) who ruled China more than 4000 years ago. Linfen was once famous for its spring water, greenery and rich agriculture and was even nicknamed The Modern Fruit and Flower Town. Today however, after having developed into a main industrial center for coal mining, the air quality has dropped to such a level that the city has earned a place among the world's most polluted place. A native in Linfen had reportedly told a TIME reporter: This place of ours is no good. I suppose man made it so.