Beijing smog hits hazardous levels

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This picture shows the fog-shrouded buildings at the Central Bussiness District in Beijing, capital of China. Photo: Xinhua

Pollution has soared to hazardous levels in Beijing, reaching 20 times the limit recommended by the World Health Organization.

Since Saturday visibility has been low and many people were seen wearing masks. Experts say car emissions and construction in cities are to blame.

Parts of China experience heavy smog periodically. After an intense bout in Beijing last year in January, the government pledged to improve air quality.

This story is compiled with information from the Reuters.