Thu, January 19, 2012
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Beijing shrouded in heavy fog

2012-01-19 09:30:21 GMT2012-01-19 17:30:21(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Vehicles move slowly on the Chang'an Avenue shrouded in the heavy fog in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 19, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Changlong)

People wearing face masks visit the Tian'anmen Square shrouded in the heavy fog in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 19, 2012. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

The Palace Museum is shrouded in the heavy fog in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 19, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Changlong)

People visit the Tian'anmen Square shrouded in the heavy fog in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 19, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Changlong)

The Palace Museum is shrouded in the heavy fog in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 19, 2012. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Beijing's air in some districts was rated as "hazardous" on Thursday, as north China was enveloped in fog for the fourth day.

A wave of cold air will drive away the haze and refresh the air quality, but local meteorological authorities forecasted that this will arrive no earlier than Saturday.

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