Six of the highways around Beijing are completely closed to traffic because of the smog, and three additional ones are shut to people exiting the city. People are complaining (link in Chinese, registration required) that there is no way out on social media. “If you are still looking to escape Beijing you must be overthinking,” a Weibo user who is located in Beijing said today (Dec. 20). “As highways are closed (link in Chinese), flights are canceled, where do you think you can go? Not until you all suck in all the smog will you be able to go. Don’t be so naive, even if you want to leave Beijing you won’t be able to see the door (in the smog)!”

About 150,000 people traveled to escape the smog in China in December, according to Ctrip, a Nasdaq-listed travel agency on Dec. 16 (link in Chinese).

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