A little sketch to get back into the flow of drawing after being in China for 3 weeks.
This is what I looked like the entire time I was there. I had to wear a respirator mask every time I went out or I would begin coughing. On some days when the air quality index goes above 300 into the hazardous zone, my eyes would start hurting from all the pollutants in the air.
I took the selfie while staying in my lil cousin’s room. The air was particularly bad that day and I had to wear the respirator even indoors to stop coughing.
There were so many construction cranes in every direction I looked, but even the newest buildings looked a decade old due to the sheer amount of dust that immediately covered everything within days. On most days you could barely see anything in the distance because of the thick smog.
My uncle explained to me that there are so many cars on the road, the only way to lessen traffic jams was to ban certain cars from driving on specific days depending on the numbers on their license plate. My uncle can’t drive his car on Mondays because 1 is the last number on his license plate.
Due to the use of specific license plate numbers for traffic regulation, there isn’t enough license plates to issue out to new car buyers. Many new car owners can’t drive their car because they can’t get a license plate, and now there’s a black market for auctioning off license plates to the highest bidder.
When looking at the overpopulation situation in China right now, I can’t help but think the controversial one child policy was an unfortunate necessity.
Gotta reblog for awareness.
Sometimes people need reminding of what else is happening outside the computer screen.