Beijing is admitting that it is a dirty place and is trying to clean itself up. Because they are hosting the olympics this year, they’re trying to improve their image. To reduce the amount of air pollution in the city officials are closing gas stations and retrofitting others. I have no idea why they didn’t do this earlier, but better late than never.
By the end of May, 144 will shut because they are not expected to meet higher environmental standards, according to state media.
The remainder are to be fitted with devices to reduce the level of fumes which escape when vehicles fill up.