China has taken millions of high-polluting vehicles off the roads, as the world's most populous country tackles rising levels of air pollution. Huge piles of cars, lorries and motorbikes can be seen at scrapyards across China after they were seized because they did not meet the national emissions standards.

Beijing has recorded air pollution readings of over 20 times the limit considered healthy by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Emissions from vehicles are responsible for 31.1% of air pollution in the Chinese capital.

The rise in air pollution is partly due to ever-rising vehicle sales in the country in line with improving living standards. China's Premier Li Keqiang has said tackling pollution is among the government's top priorities. In this gallery, IBTimesUK looks at vehicle graveyards across China.