Smoke and steam are part of daily life in Harbin. The poorest parts of the city are coal-heated. The sulfur, brown-coal smell permeates suburbs and clothes in windless mornings. Moving to the city center, high chimneys from centralized heating stations paint the sky with clouds. Along the street, boiling pots with sweet potatoes and food booths provide their share of steam for the day.
This post is part of the reportage Detour to China. Click each picture to enlarge.