Asian Markets Rise as Beijing Real Estate Climbs Higher Despite Smog

Pollution near Tiananmen Square in Beijing
Pollution near Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Shares in Asia closed higher Friday.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.4% to 21,537.00 and China's Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.3% to 3,158. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index added 0.4% to end the day at 11,286.