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Desalination—the process of extracting fresh water from salty sea water—is nothing new for Hong Kong. In the 1970s, the colonial government built a desalination plant in Tuen Mun. Now defunct, it was erected as part of an initiative to solve the water shortage crisis of the 60s....
Oct 28 2011
Though the “organic” label fell out of fashion a couple years ago, it has recently returned in in the form of a new trend that celebrates local, Hong Kong-grown produce. To pay tribute to the organic food movement’s second time in the Hong Kong limelight, we take it to the farms...
May 27 2010
Hong Kong’s air pollution index hit an alarming record of 500
Hong Kong’s air pollution. You know it’s always been there, and you know on some level that you’re breathing bad air every day, but once you get used to it, you kind of forget about it. Until one day, our sky turns completely yellow and a sickly haze literally engulfs us all....
Apr 1 2010
A growing number of people in Hong Kong believe the way forward for the city is on two wheels. Bikes, they point out, are more efficient, cheaper and less demanding on our pressured land resources than cars. Most importantly, they’re healthier, both for individual riders and the general...
Jul 16 2009
In six months, the government will lay down the final piece in its smoking-ban puzzle. The staggered anti-smoking legislation—first all indoor workplaces and eateries in January 2007, all bars and nightclubs in July 2009—has caused nothing but confusion and chaos since its passing in...
Dec 26 2008
We all love Hong Kong for its feverish, frantic pace. But there are also times when we need a little breathing room, somewhere to collect our thoughts while the world whizzes by uncaringly around us. Whether you’ve been stuck in the office for hours listening to pile drivers outside, or spent...
Oct 16 2008
Environmental awareness has never been so fashionable. People everywhere are displaying green credentials by offsetting carbon footprints and toting reusable bags. But have you considered the effect your dining choices might have on the globe? Last week, the chairman of the United Nations Panel on...
Sep 18 2008
Let’s face it—Hong Kong’s pollution does nothing for our health. With 250,000 asthma sufferers, more than 400 deaths a year and over $565 million dollars spent annually on ailments related to the smog, it’s no surprise that many blame their coughs and sneezes on our air. But...
May 22 2008
HK Magazine: So, if I look up in the sky and see some birds passing by, does that count as bird watching? Katherine Leung: It can be! Bird watching varies depending on the individual. Some admire the birds’ physique. Some people like to go further, studying their habits and taking pictures of...
May 15 2008
That jackhammer that wakes you up at 7am, the incessant piling banging away while you’re trying to work, the constant reconstruction and renovations taking place all over our city. Construction is a major concern in Hong Kong, one that accounts for over 22 percent of annual noise complaints....
Mar 21 2008