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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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guamy
By guamy (7 months ago)

Whoa!!.. look at those smog around covering skycrapers in the background.. it make me sneeze just by looking at it..i hate smogfog...lucky to be here in the small island in the middle of the pacific.

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ZorSy
By ZorSy (7 months ago)

sad and concerning if their authorities consider this a "solution" for the problem....

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DenZ
By DenZ (7 months ago)

I see it as a nice way for them to raise awareness. Pretty easy to compare what is vs. what could be when you have such a stark contrast between what's depicted in the billboards and the actual skyline behind them. Ideally, this initiatve makes everyone (not just tourists) think.

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samkho
By samkho (7 months ago)

Actually, the billboards were there to cover up some construction work behind... much like in Europe (e.g., Germany) when a building is being renovated, the facades were covered with huge billboards of the picture of what the building face would look like after renovation.

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BIJ001
By BIJ001 (7 months ago)

> the facades were covered with huge billboards of the picture

Often the facade is kept while the building behind is being completely replaced. With or without billboard.

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ZorSy
By ZorSy (7 months ago)

The problem I see it is the fact that these billboards don't convey the message "we have to do something to get this view back". Instead they offer the cheap alternative for tourists to get the shot they want and move on. Assuming the tourists come from environmentally concerned countries (like mine), how ignorant we should really be to get over this issue and actually use these as a background for our holiday photo (without thinking)? It''s shame on us accepting "it's their pollution, not my problem". Whether it's masking construction site or not - without action the view will never be as depicted... Zvonimir T. said it well. Cheap at whatever the cost: and sadly we buy it as it's good for us. What about them?

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Robert Morris
By Robert Morris (7 months ago)

Aw, the price we pay for all of our gadgets.

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Eike Welk
By Eike Welk (7 months ago)

The Chinese are paying the price! We get the gadgets cheap, and our air quality is quite high.

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Mike921
By Mike921 (7 months ago)

No, actually they're TAKING THE BRIBES (China has strict environmental laws - which are for sale).

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peevee1
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

THEY pay - for keeping yuan low and stealing all developed world's manufacturing.

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