I'm in China and Taipei was a little 'oxygen holiday' for me. Since I returned, I've developed a cough, sore eyes and congested nose. It's been worse here, but the dry cold makes it seem worse.
Is there any point wearing a facemask? I avoid them because trapping the breathed out air next to my face seems kind of unpleasant and unsanitary. I also hate being a neurotic FNG, if I can help it: Lord knows, my uni has enough of them. I love living in China, but the air is a pretty big turd in the punchbowl.
Where I live (tuhao fuckhead centrale), the fashion is ... LANDROVERS. Yes. While I understand that it's COOL to have a rhino-proof military vehicle that you couldn't parallel park if your hair was on fire, it's slight overkill in completely flat suburban east China. The authorities are trying: there's a bike system like the Youbikes, but noone ever uses it, they're building an underground system, the buses are lovely and very convenient. No-one cares because cars are COOL, especially if you can get TINTED WINDOWS and a super loud beepy HORN that you can beep at sucker pedestrians to show you aren't a steaming great peasant any more. Ahem.