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A resident of Sihoupo village, about 40 km southwest of downtown Handan, leaps down into his vegetable plot right outside his home to work the fields. The coking plant in the background — a branch of the Hansteel works which dominates Handan city — is less than 100 m from the houses in this village. Day and night, the factory emits steam and smoke in cycles — grey, black or yellow — and constantly beeps like an electrocardiogram machine. Depending on the direction of the winds, the smoke sometimes blows low right across these farm plots where villagers grow corn and vegetables.  Image by Sim Chi Yin. China, 2013.

A resident of Sihoupo village, about 40 km southwest of downtown Handan, leaps down into his vegetable plot right outside his home to work the fields. The coking plant in the background — a branch of the Hansteel works which dominates Handan city — is less than 100 m from the houses in this village. Day and night, the factory emits steam and smoke in cycles — grey, black or yellow — and constantly beeps like an electrocardiogram machine. Depending on the direction of the winds, the smoke sometimes blows low right across these farm plots where villagers grow corn and vegetables.  Image by Sim Chi Yin. China, 2013.