Beijing’s air has been a hot topic over the past month because of especially bad bouts of pollution turning the city into a gray landscape. The poor visibility affected flights, disrupting travel home ahead of the celebrations, the biggest family reunion of the year.
‘‘That day when we saw the pollution, my son said let’s not do fireworks this year in Beijing,’’ said Wang Yufeng, a 36-year-old teacher.
Hu, who works in PR, doesn’t think the Lunar New Year will be any less enjoyable this year because of the campaigns to reduce waste and fireworks.
‘‘It is for us, for the environment and our future generations,’’ she said.
AP researchers Yu Bing and Flora Ji contributed to this report.