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Billboards offer tourists a glimpse of smog-free Hong Kong

By dpreview staff on Sep 1, 2013 at 03:01 GMT

With worsening air quality spoiling the view, authorities in Hong Kong have come up with a novel solution for snap-happy tourists - giant panoramic billboards showing what the city would look like if there weren't so much pollution, for them to take pictures of. The initiative follows what has been dubbed China's 'Airpocalypse', earlier this year where pollution hit levels 25 times those considered safe in the USA.

Photo: Alex Hofford/CFP
Photo: Alex Hofford/CFP
Photo: Alex Hofford/CFP
Photo: Alex Hofford/CFP
Via: NPR, Source: Netease

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budi0251
By budi0251 (4 months ago)

Kinda reminds me of Imaging-Resouce's test shot of picture of a house. :D

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (7 months ago)

This is yellow journalism. The so called billboards are not what it makes us to believe them to be - something for the sole purpose of tourist amusement.

In the photos here you can clearly see they are boards to surround renovation works in the area. You can see a construction sign and an access door on one side. The "posters" of the hong kong harbor are just decorative effort to make things a little more tidy. This article clearly makes a false claim by presenting misleading pictures.

See the truth here:
http://www.pbase.com/josephlei/hong_kong_billboard

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HK photographer
By HK photographer (7 months ago)

Mr. Alex Hofford is hiding something. I live in Hong Kong and deliberatly went to see what is happening there last Saturday. It is NOT a solution for tourists taking pictures when the air quality is bad. In fact, we do have many days of clear weather this Summer. I know cause I work in that area.

Now back to what Mr. Hofford is misleading us. They are boards to hide the renovation work behind. I have pictures to show it but can't post them here. I'll post them in Nikon D3 forum cause I shot with a D3s +Leica R 105-280/4.2.

Pcitures are deceiving sometime. But this time it is not the pictures. But the one who presents the pictures.

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PixelMover
By PixelMover (7 months ago)

They also painted an entire mountain green after they cut down all the trees....

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kam_wa
By kam_wa (7 months ago)

This article is about Hong Kong. Who is this "They" you are referring to? I would have you know that the Hong Kong Government or the people of Hong Kong did no such thing.

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Michael Jardine
By Michael Jardine (7 months ago)

This is hideous. I used to live in HongKong and the air was beautiful because it's right on the ocean and has (had) fresh sea breezes. I transited through HongKong airport the other day and was shocked to see how low the visibility was. At first I thought it was fog, but the overall tint was BROWN. Disgusting.

By the way, HongKong is not 'emerging'. It has been one of the top ports in the world for over 50 years. Indeed there is very little industry in HongKong because of the high cost of land, and there are relatively few cars because the mass transit system is so efficient. The smog is coming from across the border in Shenzhen, China and other nearby industrial complexes along the border.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (7 months ago)

Great idea. Annie Liebovitz pioneered this approach with Art Garfunkel some time ago.

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Mike Sandman
By Mike Sandman (7 months ago)

The billboards are both amusing and sad. I've visited "emerging" cities for the last 40 years, from Sao Paulo to Bangkok. and the story has been the same. Duringl industrialization air and water pollution is similar to what you see in China. CO2 is not the problem -- it's particulates in the air from manufacturing & from coal-fired power plants and cars/motorbikes.

Much of what you see in Hong Kong's air drifts in from plants in Shenzen (just over the border from HK). Over time, public pressure mounts and air quality improves, sometimes rather dramatically -- witness Los Angeles in 1970 vs today, or London. Boycotting China may be emotionally gratifying to some, but it won't help Hong Kong as much as public pressure in the locality itself. Wait a few years and you'll see better skies in China. Meanwhile, visit HK in the winter and you'll have a good chance to see Victoria Peak. http://www.flickr.com/photos/99183821@N00/6246665966/in/photolist-avZNam

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Mark Chan
By Mark Chan (7 months ago)

Visit Hong Kong during July and August and your chances of seeing a Hong Kong backed by OLYMPUS blue skies are that much better. Winter in Hong Kong is droll with 8 - 11 km visibilities

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RingoHung
By RingoHung (7 months ago)

http://i.i.cbsi.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2013/04/24/LA2020236_620x350.jpg

A picture of LA in smog.....really better!

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RingoHung
By RingoHung (7 months ago)

Accordingly to studies (please google yourselves), US is the second largest CO2 emissions producing country in the world, right behind China. However, the annual emissions per captia was 17.3 tonnes in 2011 which was the the HIGHEST in the world. China was 7.2 tonnes per capita which is way behind US, Japan, Canada, South Korea......

Besides, US refused to negotiate legally-binding carbon emissions cuts during Durban Climate Change Conference! So responsible!!!!

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lancespring
By lancespring (7 months ago)

The UN clearly needs to punish China for its blatant destruction of the earth's environment. The Chinese are the world's worst criminals when it comes to promoting Global Warming, which threatens the lives of everyone on our planet.

Yet another clear indication of the corruption and lack of morality that exists within the Communist Party leadership in China.

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AustinB
By AustinB (7 months ago)

Something worth considering-- the US is the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide. Seems a wide variety of political systems contribute towards the problem.

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kam_wa
By kam_wa (7 months ago)

You can start doing something right now... don't buy anything, I mean absolutely anything made in China, your clothes, electronics, stationary, books (printed in China), food... etc. Therefore if there's no demand for the manufactured products coming out of China then the majority of the factories are gonna shut down, there will also be less demand for power and natural resources too.

So, if YOU do this one simple thing, then YOU could drastically cut down on global emissions and natural resource use significantly.

Or YOU could bypass the UN completely, just call on the USA to airstrike all the factories and power plants, who need the UN anyway, take Libya and Iraq, and possibly Syria for example.

PLEASE NOTE, the last paragraph was sarcasm for those who didn't get it.

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PeterFree
By PeterFree (7 months ago)

Yes the human population is causing pollution and doing damage to the environment. No CO2 is not part of that damage or in any way effecting the environment except that its helps plant growth and therefore is very much a GREEN product of production.

No the UN (or any form of dictatorship) can not help or change any of what is wrong. No taxing us all more won't help either.

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jtan163
By jtan163 (7 months ago)

OTOH China had and maybe still has the one child policy which is probably the most environmentally friendly policy any country has ever had.
In any case the it's US and European smog. They produce it on our behalf, so we don't have to mess up our local environments.
Makes TVs and plastic shopping bags cheaper.
Shows the lack of morality in Western board rooms and political circles.
Anything for a quick buck.
Better to screw another country's environment than to pay a decent wage to your workers or look after your own environment.

The Chinese simply provide the services we ask them to.
Oh yeah, that corruption - that's what a free market is. Everything is for sale. Sort of like most Western govts, except they are more open about it.

I'm just sayin'.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

before we can discuss, does anyone have a list of per capita emission of polluting substances from carbon to sulfur, nitrogen, mercury, CFC, PCB, radioactive cesiums & uraniums ... for major economies ?

I think the risk we have with China is that no one has accurate statistics, not even the Chinese.

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howardroark
By howardroark (7 months ago)

Peter, that's quite a statement about carbon dioxide. Perhaps its role is somewhat exaggerated compared to other greenhouse gases that are more dangerous at much lower levels, but ever increasing carbon dioxide levels isn't good for the Earth. Yeah, if forests were getting larger and taking it all in that would be great, but life that might absorb it is being destroyed, not planted. How incredibly shortsighted. Changing the composition of such a complex system so dramatically can't help but cause changes to our environment. Go into your back yard, cut down a tree, and then wonder why it can't convert carbon dioxide into oxygen any more. And now all the carbon in it will go back into the air as it rots or burns.

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Mark Chan
By Mark Chan (7 months ago)

Wow. Where millions ride a bicycle everyday - out of necessity; versus where millions drive a car everyday - out of necessity. Right China produced lots of CO2 out of spite of the world.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (4 months ago)

come on, who can blame china ? the country is bigger and they have more people then the US and still US is on number two

get me some per capita numbers and then start again

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Jeff Greenberg
By Jeff Greenberg (7 months ago)

Blue skies over HK Harbour still happen,
according to Alamy search:

http://www.alamy.com/search/Imageresults.aspx?CreativeOn=1&adv=1&ag=0&all=1&creative=&et=0x000000000000000000000&vp=0&loc=0&qt=hong%20kong%20harbour%20blue%20sky

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Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (7 months ago)

Is the human race smarter than yeast? The answer so far is a resounding no.

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Mark Chan
By Mark Chan (7 months ago)

OMG; the editors at dpreview MUST be loonies to have this posted - the pictures are boarding for construction work.

Nothing else.

To attribute this to anything else is poor reporting. If you read the article it shows that.

This is not to say we don't have poor air quality - I live here and you have no idea how bad it can get on days like this. And YES I would love for the environmental protection department to get their act together, but THIS is not one of them, and rightfully shouldn't be - they have better ways of improving air quality than this.

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PixelMover
By PixelMover (7 months ago)

I have spent lots of time in China, both HK and mainland. This would be the first and only boardng for a construction product without a company/contractor name, project name, company logo, phone number and 'harmonious messages' on any of the panels.

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HK photographer
By HK photographer (7 months ago)

Yeah, there are renovation work behind. See my photo in D3 forum. Editors in DPR has been deceived this time, and has attracted a lot of comment / mutual attack on environmental problems, far from the aim of DPR which is photography and only photography.

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alolywu
By alolywu (7 months ago)

How sad...

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Lorenzo_N1
By Lorenzo_N1 (7 months ago)

Here you find some smog-free shots of HK (well ... mostly Macao and Landau Island)

http://www.glcphoto.com/Galleries/EN/2009/01/01/Hong-Kong-Macao

(and I was there just two days)

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RichyjV
By RichyjV (7 months ago)

Article complete rubbish as stated below. The clarity in HK is dependent on season, if the prevailing wind is blowing from the continent then you get thousands of miles of dust and then, yes, its pretty smoggy here. In the summer the wind comes from the ocean and the views are very clear.. I've been taking many crystal clear 30,000 pixel wide panoramas here recently which is to say it isn't so much self-generated pollution as geographical nuance. The weather is just beginning to revert to the dirtier conditions, in which state it will remain over the several months of no rain at Winter.

On the subject of tourists taking photos in front of the backdrop, tourists (the majority of whom in TST are mainland Chinese often on their first trip out of China) here will take photos in front of virtually anything, it is hardly a compelling narrative.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

smog is good in that it gives out instant alert. radioactive pollution is more dangerous because we cannot see it.

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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (7 months ago)

Do you really believe there is no pollution in HK? How naive can that be?

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RichyjV
By RichyjV (7 months ago)

Not in the slightest what I am saying 'its pretty smoggy here' is fairly obvious, no? Its a city of 7m, it generates plenty. Its just that as a % of how clear or not on any given day it is, it is not its own pollution that chiefly determines clarity. It generates just as much pollution when it is clear in the summer. Even on Chinese New Year when production completely stops in China, the clarity doesn't change that much. The criticism is of the article incorrectly ascribing the canvas to an attempt to show the unpolluted city: it had nothing to do with that.

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grrbtw
By grrbtw (7 months ago)

a very congested and hectic city. http://www.drop80.com

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kam_wa
By kam_wa (7 months ago)

This article and the source articles are very misleading. This was actually a hoarding board erected by the Architectural Services Department to cover a construction site on the Avenue of Stars in TST. It had nothing to do with smog or air pollution but it just happen to become another snap shot photo op for many tourist.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1298663/billboard-offers-picture-perfect-harbour-views

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Jimmy Lai
By Jimmy Lai (7 months ago)

May be it has clean air and clear sky but its very hot and humid, and an very congested city.

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acidic
By acidic (7 months ago)

It's obvious to anyone who understands HK politics that this is their way of making a point to mainland China about their pollution. What better way than to show the snap-happy mainland Chinese tourists what their country is doing to neighboring lands.

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Mark Chan
By Mark Chan (7 months ago)

if only THEY were that smart...I mean the government.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

Why fantasise and invent why the do it?

Use Occam's razor.

Its set up for tourists. No deeper plans or meanings.

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Tee1up
By Tee1up (7 months ago)

Wow. That is really depressing.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

sometimes I'd prefer smog over bokeh.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

hong kong used to be like this over a hundred years ago and things haven't changed too much (search for Chinese shuimo/Korean sumuk/Japanese suiboku): http://old.namoc.org/en/Collection/200902/t20090205_66727.html

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Digitall
By Digitall (7 months ago)

Unfortunately this is a world of make-believe, the people accept, because man is an animal of habit. What is natural nowadays suspects. The time we set out the discovery of natural landscapes, social values​​, talking with people on the terraces and cafes, on the street corner, sharing a house with friends is increasingly less common, even being in a family. Nowadays increasingly everything is at a distance of a button, a false scenario, a filter, a mobile phone, and forget the contact with reality, and with people and real things. Virtual reality came upon us without doubt. A few more than others.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

hong kongers are honest.
they didn't set a backdrop of landscape of the moon.

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Alexis D
By Alexis D (7 months ago)

Why I would not go to many places in that region unless there is no choice, whatever their attractions are or however much money can be made. It is not just about scenic photos, but health. Dubious food ingredients, bad air, radiated food chain, unscrupulous and unregulated food industries.

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kcccc
By kcccc (7 months ago)

Declaration: I am from Hong Kong.
Bad air: Yes, but the bad air is unlikely generated by Hong Kong since the region has no industrial sector.
Dubious food ingredient, radiated food chain: Disagree. Hong Kong has system to continously monitor food safety.
Unregulated food industries: did i mention that Hong Kong has no industries?

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Mark Chan
By Mark Chan (7 months ago)

Oh, you mean that pink slush you take for meat in the US is actually good?

As a person from Hong Kong - I detest the manner you 'diss' the region; Hong Kong is rightfully known as a food mecca - western and eastern style nonetheless, because of the freedom it has in importing food from sources everywhere.

As a matter of fact, the smog in Hong Kong recently was a result of a tropical cyclone causing continental winds to blow in (i.e. offshore). In summer, the clarity of the air can be striking - one have 40km visibility, a fortunate result of onshore southeasterlies or easterlies.. This is not so in winter or any time that offshore winds are blowing - i.e. northerly / northwesterlies / westerlies, where it can be horribly smoggy.

Get your facts right before making comments - just like the first sentence I typed.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (7 months ago)

Quite frankly the less one can see of HK the better; bring on impenetrable smog I say. A high rise cesspit and the idea of a smog free billboard panorama image making it more desirable is so ludicrous it's hilarious.

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Spectro
By Spectro (7 months ago)

photography wise: kind of silly, but no different then people post-production Photoshop works I seen.

Environmentally wise: This is terrible, China laws isn't going to stop pollution anytime soon. America can send all the scientist and lobbyists to china they want, but China is China.

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Stitzer23
By Stitzer23 (7 months ago)

"no different then people post-production Photoshop works I seen"

+1

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

OK - Ill say it again.

THIS IS A TOURIST THING.

Asian tourists like to photo themselves in front of scenic vistas.

This is a service to those tourists.

They visit Hong Kong, and its all smog. So --- they will go home without the image. So, they cry themselves to sleep. This is done out of kindness.

And it is free. In US the same kind of thing - photo yourself with a Cowboy - often cost money.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (7 months ago)

One wouldn't have suspected that the Chinese government were capable of something this witty.

It won't be too long, as the world's population goes on expanding, with the level of consumption ramping up (as required by the prevailing economic model), before they'll have to put up posters of the current pollution levels to remind people what a paradise has been destroyed.

Population growth. Maybe a few wind farms will help.

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (7 months ago)

Population growth has actually nothing to do with it. Whole of the worlds population can fit in state of Texas and still won't have population density of New York city.
http://www.omg-facts.com/Interesting/The-Entire-World-Population-Could-Fit-In/55348
It is current economic model that is HORRIBLY wrong.

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Daniel Bliss
By Daniel Bliss (7 months ago)

Well, this isn't the central government, it's probably either the Hong Kong city government (which is highly autuonomous from Beijing thanks to the treaty between Britain and China that governed Hong Kong's handover) or local chamber of commerce trying to get the central government's attention.

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noirdesir
By noirdesir (7 months ago)

There are enough areas/countries in the world with a similar energy consumption density that have much less pollution. It's not rocket science to reduce smog producing emissions from coal-fired power plants or cars, it just costs money. And the Chinese do have the technology, they have some of the best coal-fired power plants in the world, just only very few of them so far.

In the end this can always be broken down to political will, which in democracies is more aligned to popular sentiment than in non-democracies where living (eg, as a power plant operator) off the backs of the general population is much easier as the elite is only answerable to the elite itself.

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howardroark
By howardroark (7 months ago)

To believe that a good standard of living is sustainable with a world population of over seven billion people is foolish. As countries improve their standard of living towards the ideal presented by the west resources in the form of precious metals, water, and land will be consumed at ever increasing speed. We do not design our products or processes efficiently to avoid toxic substances being poured into the environment and our production of food relies on destructive and limited fertilizers, not to mention aquifers that will one day run dry. Land should be shared between plants and animals to produce a natural replenishment of nutrients in order to be sustainable. And at some point we have to choose land that will either be left alone to preserve for future generations or turn the surface of the planet into large farms and small zoos. The Earth was not designed to cope with the scourge of human consumption, destruction, pollution and we're just now seeing the consequences begin.

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maboleth
By maboleth (7 months ago)

While I agree that current economic model is horribly wrong, it's not how many people could fit the states or square per meter. What's destroying this planet, besides this "economic model" are the needs of those people that could "fit the state of Texas" and their total egoistical manners.

Just one human can exploit thousands and thousands of forest acres, pollute the very land and waters just to be able to satisfy the demand of the few.
Unfortunately, the population is so extremely high with everyone thinking about material satisfaction goodies that I cannot see how any positive change in the economic world could change the lifestyle of the majority. Nothing, except the big catastrophes, be it natural or human induced.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (7 months ago)

The current economic model, where ever an ever-increasing proportion of the return on capital goes to the capital's owners, requires an ever- increasing number of new consumers. Hence the obsession with "emerging markets". This is a death spiral.

James Lovelock, a man who knows a thing or two about this subject, has estimated that for everyone on earth to enjoy the current western standard of living, the sustainable population is only about one third of the CURRENT level.

The planet will probably recover from the epidemic level of humanity but it won't be a pleasant experience for human beings.

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (7 months ago)

1984, or more like "Brazil"

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Kim Letkeman
By Kim Letkeman (7 months ago)

Was there someone out there who thought that sending most of our manufacturing to the far east while accelerating our demand for dirt cheap pricing on everything from cameras and phones to boots and jackets was going to be free of consequences?

China and others get rampant pollution (as just one consequence) and North America gets governments who must now borrow to stay afloat (as just one consequence.)

Much of this is our fault and so long as we all pray to the shareholder value gods while demanding that WalMart roll prices back weekly it is rather unlikely to change. So why are we complaining? Surely missing out on the view of the Hong Kong harbour is rather low on the list of calamities to be addressed and hopefully one day reversed.

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noirdesir
By noirdesir (7 months ago)

Sure, that is part of the reason but what is the solution? Limit trade by declaring one country as being ok (eg, Canada, USA) and another country as not being ok (eg, China)? Is such a black and white solution really a practical and even remotely efficient option?

You can get more sophisticated by, eg, levelling a duty on steel imports based on the 'pollution level' per unit of steel in the country one imports from. But it gets complicated to calculate the 'pollution level' if you want to trace back imports that that country makes from another country.

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RingoHung
By RingoHung (7 months ago)

Solution? Starting riding bicycle to work instead of driving! Starting wash your cloths by hands instead of using washer/dryer! Starting cooking for yourself instead of eating out! Starting doing exercise instead of watching TV and computer! List goes on.....

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WoSoLoo
By WoSoLoo (7 months ago)

It is a construction site fence board printing sight seeing photos, please don't fool us! The original photo is come from a anti-china site.

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danmar
By danmar (7 months ago)

If people don't notice the creases in the background they deserve to be hoodwinked. :-)

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

Exactly!

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rusticus
By rusticus (7 months ago)

we are the land of full idiot. . .
the least notice it

we, the "most successful species" on planet Earth, destroying the planet - despite the fact that we are "planning and thinking ahead" can

There are just too many idiots

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

In Shanghai they have virtual binoculars/telescopes at the view points on sky scrapers. In those binoculars you can see the view without smog. And also, of course, without the windows and walls.

When we were there we were lucky though. There was no smog, so the view was perfectly clear. Got lots of nice pictures. The day we flew from Shanghai was very smoggy though.

I really understand why they want to show the town in clear weather. Not nice to be a tourist and see nothing.

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (7 months ago)

There's absolutely no industry whatsoever in Hong Kong, guess where all this pollution come from....

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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (7 months ago)

How lame can that be? What about doing something to actually reduce the pollution you bunch of morons??

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (7 months ago)

That pollution comes from mainland China, so there's not much the local Hong Kong government can do about it.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

They are actually doing both. Electric vehicles are very common in China.

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (7 months ago)

electric vehicles right... not like the production of lithium batteries causes plenty of environmental hazards... and producing the energy for the batteries... and the eventual disposal of them...

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

We were talking about smog

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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (7 months ago)

The electricity for vehicles might come from coal or even oil, therefore the "electric" word is very misleading. China's greedy behavior is suicidal. Eventually it will kill even its leaders or they really think that money is going to protect them?

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Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (7 months ago)

This reminds me of the photoshopped photos on the TV monitors at the Shanghai airport. The Bund (Shanghai's riverfront) with mountain like sky and clouds, it was hilarious.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

Not necessarily Photoshopped. It was very clear when we were there. Got nice pictures of the bund.

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Joe Mayer
By Joe Mayer (7 months ago)

I sure hope that the people that have to breathe this appreciate the fact that I recycled the packaging of the product they made in order to help save the environment. We should worry that one day China will wise up and realize that killing themselves to give us cheap goods while not giving us cancer causing pollution has to end. What then? On to the next county or back to doing it "right" as we should have all along?
On the lighter side, I guess they won't have to worry about noisy blue skies in their shots, only wrinkly ones.

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Teru Kage
By Teru Kage (7 months ago)

I haven't been to the touristy areas in while so I didn't know these posters were set up there. It's a pretty stupid idea, since it prevents people from shooting the beautiful night skyline.

The irony is that most of HK's tourists come from Mainland China, the source of the pollution. HK moved away from factory/industrial business ages ago, so much of the air pollution comes from Mainland provinces like Guangzhou.

BTW, the skies have been getting smoggy, but we still have good days in Autumn and Winter. And summer usually brings weeks of clear skies due to high pressure systems acting like a dome over the entire region.

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hc44
By hc44 (7 months ago)

Bugger Hong Kong - get a picture of yourself on Mars.

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ogl
By ogl (7 months ago)

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3537618
no problem to make photos.

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Cirrus70
By Cirrus70 (7 months ago)

There will still be life on earth after humans are extinct.

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SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (7 months ago)

that's something similar to what dinosaurs said, and probably roaches will be saying in distant future.

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Funduro
By Funduro (7 months ago)

Communist lie.

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Teru Kage
By Teru Kage (7 months ago)

FYI, Hong Kong isn't a Communist region.

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Vinc T
By Vinc T (7 months ago)

Teru Kage, don't be naive. Dirty hands of the communists are all over now.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

hahaha ... naive. This is a move from the tourist industry. Possible also from the town council or the commercial world. The communists put up posters of Mao.

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RingoHung
By RingoHung (7 months ago)

American Government lies too....Look at Snoweden

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Oleg Vinokurov
By Oleg Vinokurov (7 months ago)

This smog was reaching even Japan, seems depends on seasons winds change. In spring Kyushu was also quite bad, several times higher than japanese safe limit and about 8-10times higher than usually. Authorities even strongly recommended to stay inside house as much as possible and wear masks.

So spring in Kyushu is not really good for landscapes, sky is mostly gray, mountains are lost in smog. And Japan can't really do anything about this :(

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peevee1
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

Wow. That is one pathetic non-solution.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

Its not a solution. Its not meant as a solution. Not if you mean a solution to pollution.

Its 100% made because Asian tourists wants to photograph themselves in front of scenic vistas.

Its like being photographed with a fake Indian in some American amusement park.

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (7 months ago)

Maybe an old proverb was never truer that now, when it concerns our common environment: we are not that rich to spend everything we've got on cheap things.

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Roland Wooster
By Roland Wooster (7 months ago)

The smog in the pictures above isn't all that bad, the distance from Hong Kong to Kowloon is quite far over the water. Beijing this Feb/March was MUCH worse. And Yosemite this morning considerably worse still. Poor timing on my behalf to have visited all three locations on these dates.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (7 months ago)

Traffic pollution at Yosemite?

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CarVac
By CarVac (7 months ago)

...
Fire.

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xlynx9
By xlynx9 (7 months ago)

You can't assess it visually though. Measurements have indicated HK being many times the WHO acceptable limits, due to pollution from Pearl River Delta.

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deleted-13120401
By deleted-13120401 (7 months ago)

It was far worse in January. That was the 'airpocalypse' to which this article refers. Feb was OK, partly due to spring festival.

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Graham Meale
By Graham Meale (7 months ago)

Sad, isn't it?

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Stitzer23
By Stitzer23 (7 months ago)

great! no depth of field problems...

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hazwing
By hazwing (7 months ago)

made me smile :)

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dark goob
By dark goob (7 months ago)

They're breathing the smoke that's the industrial byproduct of the manufacturing of the very camera they are using to avoid taking a picture with that byproduct in it. That's like an ironic enigma, wrapped in the matrix, folded up in a house of mirrors by Nietczhe, Marx, and Kant, and then placed inside a burrito that was fed to Ronald Reagan and crapped out into a toilet made out of the graphs that Ross Perot used to draw.

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howardroark
By howardroark (7 months ago)

Ever heard the term "labored metaphor"?

At least eventually, once the people becoming rich can't breathe or are attacked by those that can't breathe, something will be done to change environmental regulations even in China. Then low wage work will move to another country where the environment can be destroyed without much notice. Eventually, when an iPhone or a digital point and shoot camera costs $2,000 we'll be paying the true cost of an item. Hopefully there will be some animals, trees, clean water, and non-cancer-filled humans around to enjoy a sustainable economy.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (7 months ago)

You're annoying Howard. Annoying how often you're right.

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howardroark
By howardroark (7 months ago)

Not exactly a small target to hit, but thanks for saying so. As Agent Smith said on The Matrix, "[humans] are a cancer of this planet....a plague." His description was spot on: we consume every natural resource until none is left and then we move on to another area. We are intelligent, but we're just now being forced to gain wisdom in our ability to change the face of the Earth.

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RingoHung
By RingoHung (7 months ago)

History repeats itself...once upon a time, where was industrialization in the US...now it is other people's turn!

http://mmamrclementiwiki.wikispaces.com/file/view/industrialization.jpg/254396262/industrialization.jpg

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BeReal
By BeReal (7 months ago)

Just to keep tourist flowing?
Next...Shanghai, Chongqing, Mexico City, LA and...Wait, business opportunity, studio pictures around the world with the dirtiest cities around the world but with clean air...

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