With more than 1.3 billion people and a booming manufacturing industry, China feels the effects of air pollution much more than other countries. It’s caused a lot of serious health problems and alerts are regularly issued when the air quality is too poor to go outside.

While there’s a movement to clean things up, the cities are still a tough place to live—causing residents to seek some relief in a crazy and controversial new trend that has to be seen to be believed.

The air quality of major Chinese cities has been an issue for decades. According to recent studies, air pollution is linked to 4,000 deaths in the country every day.


As tragic as it sounds, some vendors in rural markets see this as an opportunity to do something truly strange…


…They sell bags of “fresh air” to visiting tourists. What’s crazier? People are actually buying them.


People line up by the dozens at markets like this one in the Lianshan Mountain region of Guandgong.


One bag of air can go for up to $5! Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has been a trend. Canadian and British vendors attempted to do the same in the past—without much success.


The local air is pretty popular. With lungs full of fresh air, these city-dwellers go home happy as clams.


While it’s no solution to the problem of pollution, air-selling is a boon to local economies and has initiated important conversations about the need to address climate change.


Whoa. Just imagine how desperate you have to be for a breath of fresh air to actually be willing to pay to get it? That said, both the sellers and customers seem happy with the exchange.

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