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d visits to the city with his wife.
He said he decided to relocate 2,100 kilometers from the capital due to heavy smog, which ha
d caused him serious discomfort. But more important, he wanted to change his way of life.
The 45-year-old worked for a State-owned company in Beijing before moving. Since 2001, he had
been sent abroad by his company to work in countries such as Sudan, Ecuador, Iran, Syria and Iraq as chief manager for busi
ness development. However, he faced great pressure, both from work and security problems.
Mu said he had several narrow escapes from bomb attacks near his office in Iraq, where he worked for seven years.
When he returned to work at the company’s Beijing headquarters in 2015, he found he could n
ot adapt to life in the city. He had to travel for a total of three hours each day on the subway between home and work.