The surround-sound approach to planning

New technologies have helped engineers visualise noise in 3-D in Hong Kong, where some main roads are just outside bedrooms and more than a million people are exposed to excessive traffic noise.

Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am

Sound advice for acceptable living

There is no better way to appreciate the clamour that is Hong Kong than returning from a holiday. The screeching of bus and truck brakes grate, the blare of angry taxi horns irritate, piledrivers and jackhammers send shudders down the spine and the drilling from renovations next door or upstairs - or in all likelihood, in unison - sparks annoyance.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Swire does its best to minimise disruption to community from construction sites

We are sorry to hear about the frustrations experienced by Chris Knop ('Keep the peace and make Saturday a respite from city's construction noise', October 12) as a result of works at our Mid-Levels construction sites, and would like to respond to the issues raised in his letter.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Noisy start to life for newborns at Matilda

One of Hong Kong's most prestigious - and expensive - maternity hospitals is asking for patience from its patients amid complaints that renovations there are keeping mothers and babies awake.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Keep the peace and make Saturday a respite from city's construction noise

It was odd to wake up on a Saturday morning and be able to sleep in. The peace and quiet was also unusual for a Saturday and then the revelation hit us - it was October 1, a public holiday, so there was no sound of construction work on the neighbouring Swire Properties developments on Seymour and Caine roads.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

One-third blame noise for keeping them up

Hongkongers cannot relax with all that racket going on outside.

Traffic, construction and loud neighbours may be a fact of life in a bustling city like Hong Kong, but more than a third of residents say the cacophony has kept them from getting needed rest and relaxation.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

When noise comes down to a hearing

It sounds like the most unlikely of scenarios: one of Hong Kong's staunchest upholders of all things environmental, Friends of the Earth, is accused of refusing to stop the alleged noise pollution from premises in Wan Chai it rents to a music school.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Law was framed when factories dominated

Hong Kong's noise pollution laws are outdated and should be revamped, environmentalists say.

'The law is too old to reflect our aspirations for better and healthy living,' Green Power chief executive Dr Man Chi-sum said. 'It needs to be revamped, despite it being considered as a low priority by the government.'

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Residents decry permits that allow building noise

When is a noise not a noise? When it's not covered by the law. At least, that's the contention of some residents in Mid-Levels, who say the government's definition of construction noise has left them having to put up with the clatter of building work from 7am to midnight seven days a week.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Give your ears a break on holiday

Every day, we are surrounded by all sorts of different sounds and noises: the tick-tocking clock, music played by our neighbour, splashing water ... Some of them are as beautiful as music, but some are as annoying as the buzzing of flies. So when we're on holiday, we should not only give our bodies a rest, but our ears, too.

14 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Loud & Clear

Bright and bold palettes were popping on the runways so turn up the volume and make some serious noise.

3 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Common sense required in school noise dispute

Among a growing list of pollution and environmental concerns awaiting the government's attention, such as air quality, roadside temperatures and eco-vandalism, noise pollution in the New Territories would seem to be one of the less pressing.

21 Aug 2010 - 12:00am


Guard your computer privacy

Recently, I heard about hackers spreading computer viruses through chat software, such as ICQ or MSN Messenger.

Some hackers may just be playing tricks on other computer users, perhaps just for fun. But actually they are bringing trouble to others.

12 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Noise is annoying

It's annoying when you are woken up by noise. For example, I was sleeping one morning and my little sister suddenly opened and closed my bedroom door.

The noise woke me up and, to make matters worse, she kept on 'playing' with the door. I couldn't sleep anymore.

27 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Two-thirds of children suffer injuries

Nearly two-thirds of children have suffered injuries at home with falls, mosquito bites and bumping into objects the leading causes, a survey has found. The survey of 1,296 parents of children aged below six found only 10 per cent checked danger 'black spots' weekly. The Hong Kong Paediatric Foundation recommends a home safety checklist.

18 Feb 2009 - 12:00am