1. Myth: Chinese citizens wear masks on a daily basis due to high-pollution levels.
Although this should be a reality, spotting a Chinese citizen going about their daily life while wearing a mask is rare. For a few days out of the year when pollution levels are breaking new records, it’s common to see a street full of masks. For instance in December 2014, when Bejing had its first ever ‘red alert‘ resulting in schools and construction shutting down along with a large amount of car use and factory production.