Blue skies over northwest Hong Kong
Cloudy but still pretty sky over northeast Hong Kong
In recent weeks, the polluted air of Beijing has made headline news all over the world. Close to a thousand kilometers south of China's capital city, the air quality of Hong Kong also frequently has been quite a bit less than optimal. So many Hong Kongers, not just city folk over in Mainland China, were looking forward to the Chinese New Year holidays when many generators of much air pollution, including the many factories helping power the Chinese economy, would shut down -- or at least lower their output -- for a few days.
Sadly though, I don't believe there's been a single fully clear sky day this past week in Hong Kong -- with even the first day of Chinese New Year itself having not been one of great visibility. And both yesterday and today started off with hazy gray skies that really weren't very attractive at all.
However, both late yesterday afternoon and also around the same time today, the sky and air looked to have cleared quite a bit compared to earlier in the day. In particular, on my visit to Mai Po Nature Reserve yesterday (of which I definitely will be separately posting about soon), I was treated to the unfortunately no longer common sight of beautiful blue skies over (at least some part of) Hong Kong.
More than by the way, both yesterday and today, the sky looked most glorious to me when I was in parts of the Big Lychee that were rural rather than urban; with the bluest sky having been observed in a part of Hong Kong within walking distance of the Frontier Closed Area lying on the Hong Kong side of the border between Hong Kong and Mainland China.
I'm sure that it's obvious to pretty much everyone that the urban areas of "Asia's World City" generate more air pollution than its rural ones. And while Hong Kongers used to blame the Mainland Chinese factories across the border for Hong Kong's polluted air not so long ago, I think it's also now become pretty apparent to most people that Hong Kong also generates its fair share of pollution and consequently needs to do its share to ensure the return of more days of beautiful skies and cleaner air in this part of the world.