Lung Mei beach

A controversial proposal to turn, by 2015, a stretch of coastline near Tai Po, in the New Territories, into a 200-metre-long artificial public beach. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chung-ying gave the plan the go-ahead in October 2012, but environmentalists and green groups argue the project is a disaster for the 200 marine and bird species inhabiting the area. 


Court ruling on Tai Po beach a welcome end to 16-year saga

The High Court quashed the challenge filed by Ho Loy (centre) of the Save Lung Mei Alliance. Photo: David Wong

Those in favour of turning an ecologically sensitive coastline into a man-made beach in Tai Po must be encouraged to learn that the plan can finally be lifted from the drawing board.

Sunday, 17 August, 2014, 4:25am

Activist puts case for artificial beach review

Ho Loy (centre) with other alliance members. Photo: David Wong

A green activist has asked the High Court to adopt "heightened scrutiny" of a government decision to build a beach in Tai Po that she says is likely to endanger the life of a rare seahorse.

13 Aug 2013 - 3:53am

Lung Mei activist confident on judicial review for artificial beach plan

A plan to turn part of the coastline near Tai Po into an artificial beach will be going to court. Photo: Sam Tsang

The first hearing for a judicial review request over the government’s decision to allow an artificial beach near Tai Po is to begin as early as Monday morning, says an activist group.

9 Aug 2013 - 3:52am

Lung Mei beach plan fought on ecological grounds

Save Lung Mei Alliance members take their protest to the High Court yesterday. Construction is due to begin next week. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Ho Loy, a member of the Save Lung Mei Alliance, filed a notice with the High Court seeking a judicial review of the government's decision to allow the building of the Lung Mei beach on the grounds of a flawed environmental impact assessment.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am

Green groups seek judicial review over artificial beach

Hundreds of marine species face relocation. Photo: Sam Tsang

Conservationists will seek a judicial review in their latest effort to block a man-made beach project at Tai Po after the government rejected their arguments that the environmental impact report was misleading.

11 May 2013 - 5:16am

Government accused of misleading claims on seawater hygiene

Lung Mei beach in Tai Mei Tuk. Photo: SCMP

Campaigners fighting plans to build a man-made beach at Tolo Harbour say official data shows the water in the area is still unfit for swimming.

An indication of the actual situation came to light only after they put pressure on the government to release the hidden figures behind its announcement last month that tests showed "an improving trend".

26 Mar 2013 - 4:50am

Letters to the Editor, February 12, 2013

Airport expansion plans raise questions. Photo: David Wong

Religion is probably not the first thing that comes to mind for most people when thinking of Hong Kong. But for the three of us, as leaders in our respective religious communities, religion defines Hong Kong.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Month's reprieve for campaign to save Lung Mei beach

Lung Mei, a marine life haven

Environment officials have extended the deadline for campaigners against a man-made beach project in Tai Po to submit evidence to back up their claims that precious marine life would be put at risk.

The protesters are fighting to stop Lung Mei beach from being bulldozed and a 200-metre-long artificial seaside with room for 4,000 swimmers put in its place.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:03am

A real strategy to save Hong Kong's endangered natural assets

Members of green group 'Save Lung Mei' protest against the government's proposal to build an artificial beach at Lung Mei. Photo: Dickson Lee

The proposed beach at Lung Mei, incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau, expansion of the Tseung Kwan O landfill into Clear Water Bay Country Park and a potential third runway at the airport have all provoked strong reactions from environmental groups and sectors of the public concerned about their impact on wildlife and the environment.

17 Jan 2013 - 5:06am

Letters to the Editor, December 31, 2012

More to be done to tackle Hong Kong's housing problem. Photo: Bloomberg

Flats initiative a short-term measure

I was delighted by the government's announcement on Monday, December 24, that it planned to boost land supply [in the coming quarter] for the construction of 3,000 new apartments.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 16, 2012

No need for shark's fin soup on the menu. Photo: SMP

Standard hours law is morally right

In the report ("Warning of 'euro mess' over standard working hours", December 3), a deputy chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries said that legislation on standard working hours would jeopardise business competitiveness and such legislation had "caused riots and unrest in some countries".

16 Dec 2012 - 3:35am 1 comment

Blow for Lung Mei beach judicial review plan

Christine Loh Kung-wai. Photo: Sam Tsang

A plan to seek a judicial review over a controversial man-made beach project was thrown into uncertainty after environment officials refused to provide details on the project in time.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:50am

Letters to the Editor, December 3, 2012

Protesters at a "Protect Lung Mei" rally. Photo: Sam Tsang

Air quality objectives are outdated

The government should implement new air quality standards as soon as possible.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Letters to the Editor, November 24, 2012

Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Hong Kong Open. Photo: AP

Environment officials can do better job

The Environmental Protection Department's dogged intention to locate a massive off-shore waste incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau marked a low point in governance.

The decision was made for the wrong reasons, when there were more cost-effective and environmentally viable alternatives available.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:03am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, November 20, 2012

A building in Gaza is hit during an Israeli air strike. Photo: AP

Appalling lack of respect for marine life

Unfortunately the recent case of people at Lung Mei destroying sea life is not an isolated one.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:08am