A home-made airship, made by 29-year-old local man Shi Songbo, lifts off during a test flight next to crop fields in Ningling county of Shangqiu, Henan province, China.
People perform morning exercises on a polluted day in Jiaozuo, Henan province, China on Monday.
Cyclists cover their faces on a hazy day in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China. Two of the country’s most influential news outlets were criticised after trying to put a positive spin on China’s air pollution problem. The Global Times newspaper said smog could be useful in military situations, as it could hinder the use of guided missiles, while state broadcaster CCTV listed five “unforeseen rewards” of smog, including helping Chinese people’s sense of humour.