According to a report published by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, the air quality in Fuzhou and Xiamen ranked 2nd and 7th, respectively, among 74 major cities in China in October.

A list published by the ministry showed the top 10 cities with the best air quality in October were: Zhoushan, Fuzhou, Shanghai, Taizhou, Nantong, Haikou, Xiamen, Lhasa, Zhangjiakou and Yancheng.

The top 10 cities with the worst air quality in China last month were: Shijiazhuang, Xingtai, Baoding, Handan, Tangshan, Jinan, Harbin, Hengshui, Xi'an and Wuhan.

The ministry said the ranking is based on the monitoring results of the SO2, NO2, PM10, PM2.5, NO, ozone and other pollutants in the air in the 74 cities in October. The 74 cities are the first in China to adopt new tightened air quality standards, AQI index, at the beginning of this year.

The ministry began publishing a monthly red and black list of the air quality in the 74 major cities in China in the beginning of this year in an effort to force local governments to pay more attention to the increasingly serious air pollution problem in China.

A report by Xiamen Daily said the city is planning a “Xiamen Clean Air Action” campaign to further improve the air quality in Xiamen with multiple measures including cutting industrial emissions, cutting motor vehicle exhaust pollution, and planting more trees.