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(Daily Mail)   Hong Kong's smog is so bad, desperate tourism chiefs set up posters of sunny skylines so tourists can stand in front of them to take some nice photos   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 38
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2013-08-28 11:41:49 PM  
Holy fark that is sad
 
2013-08-28 11:48:09 PM  
If we get rid of the EPA and environmental regulations can we have our jobs back?

/yeah... just kidding
 
2013-08-28 11:50:34 PM  
That skyline is gorgeous when you can see it.
 
2013-08-29 12:09:45 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: That skyline is gorgeous when you can see it.


One of the greatest in the world. My first time in HK was in June 2010, didn't see the Sun once, but got some great photos of the skyline from Tsim Sha Tsui (near Star Ferry and Kowloon-Canton Railway Station Tower) at night. Second time in HK was last September, not a cloud in the sky, photos taken from TST at night didn't turn out as well unfortunately. Daytime looked good though.

Got better photos from Victoria Peak the second trip at least...
 
2013-08-29 12:19:15 AM  
Lived there in the late 90's/early aughts.  It was horrendous then, I can't imagine what it's like now.

But the harbor side has always been the worst.  It faces the mainland and creates a pollution bucket that just won't go anywhere.  The south side of the island is marginally better because it's nothing but ocean.
 
2013-08-29 02:26:13 AM  
And the whole world would look like this only worse if right wing capitalists had their way.
 
2013-08-29 02:33:00 AM  
YOU BREATHE HERE 4 HOUR NOW!
YOU SCARE MY WIFE!
YOU GO NOW!
 
2013-08-29 04:36:28 AM  
Ergh, and i thought our winter/spring smokey season was bad. Blergh.
 
2013-08-29 04:38:47 AM  
You should see the photos from my vacation in Detroit. You can see me posing in front of its skyline.
 
2013-08-29 04:43:01 AM  
In all fairness, even if the pollution was so bad it burned your skin and ate away at your lungs each and every second you were exposed to it, it would still be only about about half as annoying as dealing with tourists from mainland China.
 
2013-08-29 04:51:16 AM  
The next time I hear some small-time business owner throwing a tantrum, threatening to move his business to another country, I'm going to insist he moves it to China and relocates himself, as well.
 
2013-08-29 04:58:08 AM  
Was there for a week about 5 years ago. spent first day walking around. spent next two months wheezing.
 
2013-08-29 05:09:15 AM  
A shot posing in front of the actual polluted scene would be much cooler.  The smoggy skyline isnt that bad of a backdrop.

The phony ones remind me of this old shop:

blogs.babble.com
 
2013-08-29 05:15:18 AM  
That'll never happen here. California is leading the way here in the U.S. for cleaner air. On top of our already tough emission standards, cleaner burning fuel and smog check laws, we also built high-speed rail!
 
2013-08-29 05:17:11 AM  
www.twoja-kwatera.pl
 
2013-08-29 05:31:50 AM  
You're doing it Wong.
 
MN8
2013-08-29 05:32:11 AM  
I have been here in Hong Kong for 4 weeks, and I have only seen bad smog 2 days.

It just ain't that bad.
 
2013-08-29 05:58:06 AM  
Tokyo, on the other hand, had amazingly breathable air
 
2013-08-29 06:27:47 AM  
I was there a couple times a year from the mid 90's - with my last trip being in 2000.  I don't ever remember it being bad but we were only there for a day or so each time before flying in to Guangzhou - where you couldn't see down the top of your hotel on really bad days.  I'm guessing it's gotten a lot worse since then.
 
2013-08-29 07:06:16 AM  
Of all the weird Briticisms, I hate "holidaymaker" the most...

/Christmas is a holiday... Thanksgiving is a holiday...
//You going on vacation is not a farking holiday!
///And, you're not "making" shiat!
 
2013-08-29 07:20:12 AM  
I take it there is no whiny tree hugging hippies in Hong Kong
 
2013-08-29 07:22:21 AM  
I don't understand why people would spend thousands to go on vacation, then spend one in some severly polluted sh*thole.
 
2013-08-29 07:51:55 AM  

Cold_Sassy: I don't understand why people would spend thousands to go on vacation, then spend one in some severly polluted sh*thole.


I would love to visit Asia.  Hong Kong and Shanghai both seem like awesome cities.   I'm a fan of skyscrapers though.

/Electric cars will solve all of this
 
2013-08-29 08:11:49 AM  

Cold_Sassy: I don't understand why people would spend thousands to go on vacation, then spend one in some severly polluted sh*thole.


Because, regardless of the sometime shiattiness, it's still an amazing place.

fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net

Actual photo - no 'shopping, here - taken in April of this year, just before a storm hits HK.
 
2013-08-29 08:17:06 AM  

GungFu: Cold_Sassy: I don't understand why people would spend thousands to go on vacation, then spend one in some severly polluted sh*thole.

Because, regardless of the sometime shiattiness, it's still an amazing place.

[fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net image 850x563]

Actual photo - no 'shopping, here - taken in April of this year, just before a storm hits HK.


The storm winds blew all the shiat away and then you were able to take a nice picture? Sweet! I'm going on vacation there in hopes of a storm so that I can take a sweet photo!
 
2013-08-29 08:33:32 AM  

Cold_Sassy: I don't understand why people would spend thousands to go on vacation, then spend one in some severly polluted sh*thole.


I'm a fly-over state, big ass yard, huge ass house lovin' mid westerner and even I loved Hong Kong.  Not sure why the pollution has gotten so bad other than it's blowing over from the mainland....
 
2013-08-29 09:06:52 AM  

Fizpez: I was there a couple times a year from the mid 90's - with my last trip being in 2000.  I don't ever remember it being bad but we were only there for a day or so each time before flying in to Guangzhou - where you couldn't see down the top of your hotel on really bad days.  I'm guessing it's gotten a lot worse since then.


I lived in Guangzhou for seven years and made frequent trips to HK. I would say the smog in HK is worse than in GZ - at least in frequency. In GZ, it actually got noticeably better over the last decade.
 
2013-08-29 09:08:35 AM  
Nobody spoke for the trees?!

i1180.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-29 09:26:24 AM  
I think we just saw our first real success story of a Donald Trump University student.  He got the photo idea after spending $35,000 dollars to get his picture taken with a poster of Trump.
 
2013-08-29 09:31:06 AM  

Seth'n'Spectrum: Fizpez: I was there a couple times a year from the mid 90's - with my last trip being in 2000.  I don't ever remember it being bad but we were only there for a day or so each time before flying in to Guangzhou - where you couldn't see down the top of your hotel on really bad days.  I'm guessing it's gotten a lot worse since then.

I lived in Guangzhou for seven years and made frequent trips to HK. I would say the smog in HK is worse than in GZ - at least in frequency. In GZ, it actually got noticeably better over the last decade.


That's interesting - I guess I never had enough time in HK to get a true feel for the variance - it seemed nice the 9 or 10 days I got to spend there.  Beijing was pretty bad the one time I was there but n=1 isnt much to go on but I know from the news its really bad.
 
2013-08-29 10:07:13 AM  

JerkyMeat: And the whole world would look like this only worse if right wing capitalists had their way.


Nice try...troll f*cker.
 
2013-08-29 10:32:03 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: If we get rid of the EPA and environmental regulations can we have our jobs back?

/yeah... just kidding


Actually HK has quite strict environmental laws and controls.. Unfortunately it is also next to mainland China..
 
2013-08-29 11:01:49 AM  
less regulation! global climate change is a hoax! it's a republican paradise!
 
2013-08-29 11:47:03 AM  
Onkel Buck:
I take it there is no whiny tree hugging hippies in Hong Kong


I've lived in Hong Kong and no, there really are no hippies.  I think its a common joke or observation that Hong Kong is stuck in the 1980's. Everyone wants to be rich by speculation on real estate or the stock market.
 
2013-08-29 11:51:54 AM  

DrewFL: JerkyMeat: And the whole world would look like this only worse if right wing capitalists had their way.

Nice try...troll f*cker.


That is not an entirely fanciful view of capitalists. Please refer to any point in United States history between the Industrial Revolution and the founding of the EPA for required citation.

In fact, please refer to any of the hundreds of environmental disasters caused by cost-cutting efforts, from the instantiation of the EPA right up until this year, you disingenuous jackass.
 
2013-08-29 02:49:12 PM  
Failed
In
London
Try
Hong Kong
 
2013-08-30 12:27:51 AM  
I'm kinda sorta in the "global warming denier" camp...it's called Climate Change for a reason.  But man...that is disgustingly sad.
 
2013-08-30 05:34:21 AM  

Fade2black: I'm kinda sorta in the "global warming denier" camp...it's called Climate Change for a reason.  But man...that is disgustingly sad.


It's not a lifestyle choice.
 
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