By Samyukta Maindarkar | dna Webdesk
Residents of Zhengzhou, the pollution-racked capital of China’s Henan province, received a treat on Saturday when they were provided with bright blue bags of fresh mountain air.
The organisers, a Henan-based travel company, say the event was held to promote tourist resorts from the nearby Laojun Mountain, where the air originated, about 120 miles from Zhengzhou. They hoped to attract more visitors to their area.
Zhengzhou is none of China’s top 10 most polluted cities, according to the country’s environmental ministry. Pollution in Chinese cities has been a matter of great concern and made plenty of headlines recently.
This is not the first time packaged air has been sold in the country. A Chinese tycoon began selling air in cans in 2012.
*Originally published on dnaindia.com on March 31, 2014