During the first week of December 2012, Chinese media turned their attention to the serious problem of pollution in Beijing and other cities. Poor visibility due to smog in the capital of Beijing caused the cancellation or delay of hundreds of flights.
In this cartoon, posted by artist Shang Haichun (商海春) to his QQ.com blog, a city resident wearing a mask to protect himself from pollution gazes up, where just the tips of nearby skyscrapers are visible. All the city features around him are invisible in the smog. The cartoon is drawn in a narrow vertical manner, mirroring traditional Chinese landscape paintings.