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  1. On the borderline

    Posted Jul 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The go-ahead has been given to open up most of the restricted area along the border with Shenzhen for development. What should be done with these hills, farms, wetlands and villages, closed to the public for half a century? Write to us ...

  2. Top of the hill

    Posted May 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The oldest mode of land transport in Hong Kong is the Peak Tramway (396 metres above sea level). It was built in 1888, providing a short cut from the 554-metre high Peak to Central's business district. The Peak Tramway is one of the oldest and the mo ...

  3. Push to educate public on hill-fire risks

    Posted Mar 20th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang The Fire Services Department will step up hill-fire education among hikers after dozens of them defied government warnings and risked walking in an area affected by a raging hill fire early this year. The department said this yesterday amid preparations for the high fire risk of next month's Ching Ming festival against a background of a 23 per cent increase ...

  4. Hill fires spark row over park access

    Posted Jan 20th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong and Cheung Chi-fai The conservation chief should clarify under what circumstances she would exercise powers to shut country-park trails affected by hill fires, a member ... Hill fires are highly unpredictable and trees of up to four storeys tall could be charred in the blink of an eye,' he said. A departmental spokeswoman said that while it had powers to bar ...

  5. Hikers to be educated over hill-fire dangers

    Posted Jan 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The government will step up education and liaise with hiking groups after some hikers insisted on visiting country trails at Pat Sin Leng last weekend during hill fires. ... hill fire last weekend burned 140 hectares of land- mostly hillside grassland. The fire spread to the outer boundary of the Sha Lo Tung butterfly haven. At least 30 park rangers were deployed ...

  6. Hill dwellers left with little hope after cruel winter

    Posted Feb 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Choi Chi-yuk Cut off from life's necessities by the worst blizzards in half a century, villagers in mountainous Lianzhou, Guangdong, have little to look forward to. Hundreds of people living in three villages in Tanling, 230km northwest of Guangzhou, ...

  7. Low humidity helps fuel 95 hill fires as sweepers tend graves

    Posted Oct 20th 2007, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... Dennis Chong At least 95 hill fires were recorded yesterday as thousands of grave-sweepers headed to the countryside to pay tribute to their ancestors. More than 24 hectares of land ... across the territory. With a dry northeast monsoon affecting southern China, relative humidity fell below 40 per cent yesterday afternoon, making the hills dotted with graves vulnerable to fire. ...

  8. Global warming enabling trees to grow higher up Yunnan hills

    Posted Nov 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen Thanks to global warming, trees are popping up on mountaintops in the mainland's southwest, where nothing but grass has grown before, US scientists have found. On Baima Snow Mountain in Diqin prefecture, Yunnan province, the treeline, th ...

  9. Help prevent hill fires

    Posted Mar 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Michelle Chan

    ... Michelle Chan A lot of hill fires take place over Ching Ming and Chung Yeung festivals. In view of this, Friends of the Earth (HK) (FoE) has joined efforts with religious groups in appealing to the public to protect our countryside by preventing hill fires. According to FoE, most hill fires are caused by humans. They occur most frequently when joss sticks and burning paper ...

  10. Fung shui grove rises from ashes of hill fire

    Posted Apr 09th 2007, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong More than 2,000 trees were planted in the hills behind Ho Sheung Heung village in Sheung Shui yesterday to replace fung shui woods destroyed by a hill fire several years ago. ... which suggests a location with hills at the back and sea at the front brings luck. There are 116 fung shui woods in Hong Kong and they are home to a large selection of wildlife. But Ms Chick ...




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