City Hopes to Maintain Air Quality, Even After the Universiade
The reasons behind the improvement are that most of the constructions in the city were temporarily suspended until after the games finished. Production in power plants, factories and waste processing plants were either suspended or reduced. The government also enforced strict monitoring rules and traffic was cut down.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympics many people remember that the city had beautiful blue clear skies, which is rare in Beijing. But after the Olympics the city reverted back to a heavily polluted city. Residents of Shenzhen hope that the city can maintain the air quality by implementing stronger environmental protections. Residents are afraid that pollution in the city will return to normal after the games, since production factories will be making up for the time they lost during the games.
Shenzhen hopes that it will serve as a model city for reform in terms of environmental protection, and its 12 million residents should play a part since extra efforts can keep the air quality good a little bit longer.