Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province, made
great achievements in fighting pollution and creating a beautiful
picture of a bluer sky, greener mountains and cleaner water last year,
according to its mayor.
Ling Yun, mayor of the city and a deputy to the National People's
Congress, said the proportion of days with good air quality in the city
reached 85 percent last year, and there were zero days with heavy air
The concentration of PM 2.5, or airborne particles measuring less
than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, and PM 10 has decreased for seven
consecutive years to last year, down by 42.4 percent and 33.1 percent,
respectively, from 2015.
Apart from parks and wetlands, the city has built 29,000 hectares of
man-made forest in the 13th Five-Year Plan Period (2015-20), she said.
"We hope that our citizens can appreciate greenery when they open
their window. Parks are within walking distance and they also can go
hiking in the forest and wetlands easily."
Chaohu Lake, China's fifth-largest freshwater lake that was once
seriously polluted, has also witnessed major improvement in water
quality last year, reaching its best level since records started to be
kept in 1979.
"We will not slow down our efforts in improving Chaohu's environment
and will strive to transform the lake into a beautiful and picturesque
one with harmony between mankind and nature," she said.