30 Nov '16, 12am

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BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Stop, don't breathe. Hold it! OK, first pay 1.2 yuan (S$0.25) if you want fresh air to reach your lungs. The most precious, but free, thing in the world - air - is now being bottled and sold on some e-commerce platforms in China. The air comes from both China and abroad, and is priced from 5 yuan to more than 200 yuan (S$40). "Want to breathe the most pure and fresh air? Then take a bottle of air from Weihai. No pollutants, absolutely pure. Either from seashore, or from mountain," an advertisement on an online store claims. It has become a "thriving business" as residents in China struggle with choking smog in the northern areas of the country this winter, the Beijing Youth Daily reported. A bottle of fresh air from Weihai, in East China's Shandong province, is priced 5 yuan at an online outlet called "Weihai Hongyu Diaoju". Import...

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