Noise Pollution

Hong Kong authorities' deafening silence on noise pollution

Hong Kong authorities' deafening silence on noise pollution

When it comes to noise, Hong Kong could give bedlam a run for its money. From ear-pounding pile-driver punishment and the impatient hum of snarled-up traffic to barking dogs and excitable late-night neighbours, the cheek-by-jowl city we call home just loves to make a racket.

Monday, 27 April, 2015, 3:29pm 1 comment

Creative solutions to give noisy Hong Kong a rare slice of silence

Illustration: Oliver Raw

Cities, workplaces, stores and homes are meticulously planned in terms of their construction, efficiency and cost, but little thought goes into how they sound.

3 May 2013 - 5:17am

Letters to the Editor, February 26, 2013

Shipping containers will not be good homes. Photo: Bloomberg

I do not agree that one way to help young people who are desperately hunting for affordable housing is to accommodate them in shipping containers stacked beneath flyovers.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:56am 1 comment

Marathon official Kwan Kee wants public to be more tolerant

Kwan Kee, chairman of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association. Photo: Dickson Lee

Kwan Kee, chairman of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, said yesterday that the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon would once again implement stringent rules to reduce noise pollution especially at the start of the popular 10-kilometre races, which this year have drawn a record 38,000 participants.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Letters to the Editor, January 26, 2013

Street sleepers at the Cultural Centre. Photo: Dickson Lee

We Chinese know English gives us edge

I refer to the letter by Vaughan Rapatahana ("Why this fixation with English?" January 21).

26 Jan 2013 - 5:18am 3 comments

China Digest, November 22, 2012

A man from Gansu province, studying at the Beijing Institute of Technology, complained to authorities in the capital on Tuesday after his 54-year-old mother was taken away by officers at the Beijing Railway Station while trying to return home on November 12.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

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.

Showing noise in three dimensions has become an important method in planning for the city, as government officials try to improve on poor planning in the past.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Club vows to put lid on noise pollution

Hong Kong Jockey Club officials yesterday sympathised with noise-affected trainers Sean Woods and David Ferraris, but said the club was powerless over a neighbouring construction site and allayed fears of similar problems when renovation begins on some of Sha Tin's ageing stables later this year.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Never a dull moment

To the residents of certain neighbourhoods in Hong Kong, it may seem as if the nights are just getting brighter and brighter, with eye-popping LED advertising panels, colour-saturated neon signs and floodlit billboards illuminating the streets, adjacent buildings and the night sky all around.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Get tough on illegal urn niches, greens say

The government must not let private columbarium operators get away with breaking zoning or land lease rules under its new licensing scheme, green groups and residents say.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Listen up, noise pollution means trouble

Mainland health authorities hope to raise people's awareness of noise pollution, one of the top three causes of hearing disability in the past few years.

The theme for today's National Ear Care Day is 'decrease noise and protect hearing'.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Playtime cut for pupils in noise dispute

Children at a Lantau school hit with a noise-abatement order that has just been upheld by the High Court will have their playtime shortened by 15 minutes.

According to a notice posted on the gates of Lantau International School (LIS) when children left at 3pm yesterday they will be able to play for only 30 instead of 45 minutes.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

New blow for Lantau school in noise row

Lantau International School has been told again to quieten down.

Its supervisor lost a legal challenge yesterday against a noise abatement notice issued after a neighbour complained.

1 Nov 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