Upon landing in Beijing, a German girl turned to me and said, ‘So cloudy today!’ To which I explained that this was 'smog’ and was full of pollutants. She didn’t look so eager to be out and about in Beijing as she had before learning what smog was.

Upon landing in Beijing, a German girl turned to me and said, ‘So cloudy today!’ To which I explained that this was 'smog’ and was full of pollutants. She didn’t look so eager to be out and about in Beijing as she had before learning what smog was.

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Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).