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Utilise urban parks equitably, mitigate Hong Kong’s climate hazards now

Utilise urban parks equitably, mitigate Hong Kong’s climate hazards now

Hong Kong will face more intense heat, flood, storm surges and biodiversity depletion under climate change. Healing Parks, an advocacy group, says that urban parks can help to mitigate these hazards – but current park design guidelines fail to consider climate resilience. If the government remains inactive, it would harm…

Wang Chau, Basalt Island and Bluff Island

Wang Chau, Basalt Island and Bluff Island

The Ung Kong group of islands is a cluster of three islands – Wang Chau, Basalt Island and Bluff Island, lying off the southeast tip of the Sai Kung Peninsula.             They’re made of the same tuff that occurs from the southeastern peninsula to the Ninepin Group, and developed in the…

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Activities in Hong Kong outdoors

Taking Hong Kong landscape photos come rain or shine

Taking Hong Kong landscape photos come rain or shine

Even if you don’t travel outside Hong Kong, your photos have to be much the same, week after week, day after day after day. Shooting from the same spot, it’s possible to take highly contrasting photos, such as by heading out at different times of day, and making…

Cycling From Tai Po Market to Tai Mei Tuk on Rented Bikes

Cycling From Tai Po Market to Tai Mei Tuk on Rented Bikes

One of the best ways of getting some outdoor exercise is to get on a bicycle, and ride away some of those coronavirus claustrophobia blues. Hong Kong hardly abounds with good routes for relaxing cycling, but there is an especially fine one in the northeast New Territories, from…

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Hong Kong’s Wonderful Wildlife

Tired and perhaps injured Red-footed Booby rescued on Cheung Chau

Tired and perhaps injured Red-footed Booby rescued on Cheung Chau

I had a whatsapp message from Nick Florent this afternoon, a bird on the beach, on Cheung Chau; there was a photo too – a red-footed booby! This seabird is rare in Hong Kong, and even then seen pretty much only over waters well south of Hong Kong…

Jezebel butterflies seem super abundant in Hong Kong during early 2024

Jezebel butterflies seem super abundant in Hong Kong during early 2024

I’ve seen various social media posts and even a couple of media articles about large numbers of Red-base Jezebels Delias pasithoe in Hong Kong recently. It seems people especially notice them during cold spells, when many of these butterflies are grounded by the chill, maybe dying – though…

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Weather including tropical cyclones

Lightning-packed Supercell over Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Lightning-packed Supercell over Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Yesterday evening (30 April 2024), weather monitoring imagery showed an intense rainstorm/thunderstorm area – a “supercell” approaching Hong Kong from the west. Radar image from www.windy.com ABUNDANT lightning recorded by HK Observatory I went from my home to the public pier at the nearby Cheung Chau typhoon shelter,…

Tropical Cyclone Ma-on Headed for Hong Kong

Tropical Cyclone Ma-on Headed for Hong Kong

25 August 2022 (evening) update: Ma-on took a track somewhat south and west of earlier forecasts; passed within 200km of Hong as a severe tropical storm early this morning. So, “no biggie”. Quite dry while it passed Hong Kong too, with intermittent showers; though still some heavy rain…

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Hong Kong conservation

Deep Bay including Mai Po in Hong Kong: Wetland Under Siege with Typically Timid Conservation

Deep Bay including Mai Po in Hong Kong: Wetland Under Siege with Typically Timid Conservation

If you’re among the privileged few with access to the inner sanctum of Deep Bay in northwest Hong Kong – a viewing hide at the seaward edge of the mangroves, you can experience one of the finest bird spectacles in east Asia.  Black-faced Spoonbills, Pied Avocets and other…

San Tin Fish Ponds a Key Part of Deep Bay wetlands and Can Help Flood Control

San Tin Fish Ponds a Key Part of Deep Bay wetlands and Can Help Flood Control

If you’re unfamiliar with the Deep Bay wetland shared by Hong Kong and Shenzhen, you might wonder about the significance of the expanse of fish ponds in the area of north Hong Kong that will be the site of a major new development, the Northern Metropolis – as…

Nature-based Solutions for Hong Kong – corporatese jargon or worthwhile? Or both!

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I’ve lately noticed mention of nature-based solutions, abbreviated to NbS, regarding conservation ideas for Hong Kong. It seems all very well as an idea, but can it widely catch on – or is it fancypants jargon, which won’t appeal to many beyond those fond of conservation by Powerpoint…

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