Medical waste must be stopped

Medical waste on a beach in Discovery Bay. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong is blessed with numerous sandy beaches that may rival those of island resorts. Sadly, some of our beaches are polluted with rubbish washed up from the sea or dumped by irresponsible visitors. Recently, a beach accessible to tens of thousands of residents in Discovery Bay was littered with hundreds of used syringes and other medical items. Not only is this a nuisance it also poses a serious threat to public health and safety on Lantau.

Monday, 18 March, 2013, 1:41am

Outrageous sexism in the People's Daily

Smoother rides promised.

We were slightly saddened to come across the People's Daily Online piece headlined, "Beautiful female journalists at two sessions", which then had links showing 17, albeit comely, female journalists engaged in covering the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress. It's hard to know what the message was here.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 24, 2013

Karen Mok recalled her early days as a singer. Photo: AP

During my tenure as museum director, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum averaged 35,000 paying visitors a year. This compares favourably with the paid visits to government museums and, indeed, with that of similar maritime museums abroad.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 2 comments

Sharks that stray close to Australian beaches to be killed

Great white sharks that stray too close to beaches on Australia's west coast will be caught and killed under a new government plan in response to an unprecedented spate of fatalities.

28 Sep 2012 - 3:46am

Some operators of beach kiosks have abused department's flexible approach

I refer to the letter from Kenneth Howe ('Officials unwilling to compromise over seats and eateries at city's beaches', December 4) and would like to explain the rationale behind the operating conditions of the food kiosks at the gazetted beaches in Southern district.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Officials unwilling to compromise over seats and eateries at city's beaches

The article ('Sun goes down early on beach food kiosks', November 28) implies that standardised furniture is being introduced due to noise complaints, but this is not the case. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department decided as policy to install its own furniture upon kiosk contract renewals, at St Stephen's in Stanley in 2009, with Shek O, Big Wave Bay and Deep Water Bay following suit.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Shek O Beach reopens after sea searched

Shek O Beach was reopened to swimmers after the marine police and Government Flying Service completed searches off 10 nearby beaches yesterday and sighted no sharks. On Wednesday, two swimmers reported finding two sharks of about 50cm in length in a rock pool at the western end of Shek O Beach. Fisheries officials have confirmed they were harmless white-spotted bamboo sharks.

30 May 2008 - 12:00am


Should the artificial beach go ahead?

The Association for Geoconservation, Hong Kong, strongly objects to the development of a 200-metre, man-made beach at Lung Mei.

The environmental impact assessment report and advisory committee on the environment ignored the need for geological and landscape conservation.

21 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

A time and a place

A family of four, perched precariously on their moped, buzzes along the water's edge on a beach in Vietnam.

A farmer ushers his herd of water buffalo onto the sand; the beasts crunch shells under hoof as they amble to fresh pastures.

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Five beaches downgraded to poor

Environmental Protection Department bacteriological tests show the quality of water at some beaches has deteriorated. The grading at Cafeteria New, Cafeteria Old, Golden, Kadoorie and Silver Mine Bay beaches dropped from fair last week to poor this week.

16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Sand being used to restore beach is just like mud, says councillor

A government contractor has been accused of using poor quality sand to restore a popular beach.

District councillor Shek Kwok-keung compared the sand being used at Deep Water Bay to mud and said he was worried about the effect it would have on water quality.

10 May 2007 - 12:00am

Science of sandcastles

Water, sand, a bucket and a spade - you're set to build the castle of your dreams, complete with a moat and towers with delicate turrets. What could be more pleasant on a hot summer's day at the beach?

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Cool ideas for hot days

We all know that summer feeling - stifling heat and sweaty bodies - which makes us stay at home with the air conditioners on full blast.

But this summer, why not cool down by getting wet? Between Ocean Park's Caribbean Summer Splash 2006 and Hong Kong's many beaches, there's enough water-filled fun for everyone.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Manhattan beach party

The city's waterfront has long been a standard scene in police stories, with bodies being hauled out of murky water. But, in the latest sign of the changing times around here, it looks as if the producers of such fare might have to change their scripts. Instead, bodies may be discovered on a pristine-looking beach - which doesn't sound quite right, does it?

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Cleanup crew tackles illegal dump at Shek O

Work began yesterday on clearing an illegal dump near Shek O's main beach, after residents sent in a letter demanding a cleanup.

Workers from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department moved in about 9am to clear the massive pile of junk, which included broken chairs, electrical appliances and sacks of rubbish.

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am