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Noise Reduction

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.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 5:17am

Time for you to listen up

John wants to buy some earbuds, so he does some research before he goes shopping. He finds a podcast talking about in-ear headphones.

Listen to the podcast yourself and then answer these questions. The podcast talks about four different models.

1 Which earbuds are cheap but good value?

a Quiet X b Leaf 3 c Wall DB3 d Easy-ear 88

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Soul by Ludacris - SL300 HD noise-cancelling headphones

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Sony NWZ-S745

Portable media players these days can do a lot of things. You can listen to music, watch videos and movies, read documents and play games. You can even get on the internet and look for information on some of them.

30 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Homegrown dragon motif wins global competition to design road noise barriers

Find the noise barriers facing your home unbearable or bad fung shui? The winners of a recent competition for noise screen designs show they could look quite different.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

Diary of a renovator: unplugged

Ever wonder why construction workers often seem on the verge of killing each other? In the past week I have been ready to race downstairs, hose in hand, to separate the half-naked men labouring to turn my dingy ground floor into a bright open-plan room linked to my office upstairs.

1 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Makeovers for noisy flyovers

Researchers to test quieter road joints to reduce din in flats

Researchers aiming to reduce noise generated by traffic passing over worn-out road joints will conduct tests on several flyovers over the next year.

22 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


There has been a lot of debate on the issue of televisions on buses.

I am not a commuter on Hong Kong's public buses, but I do occasionally take a trip on one and I enjoy the videos that are shown.

I try to sit closer to the screens so that I can hear the commentary.

6 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Trees can replace ugly noise barriers

I am sure all residents in the New Territories welcomed the news that the Tolo Highway was to be widened.

9 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Supply earplugs

There has been an abundance of mail regarding the television screens installed on local buses and the associated noise pollution.

Notwithstanding the arguments for or against the TV screens, there is a very simple solution for those who abhor the noise: earplugs. Were the bus companies to offer earplugs, in the way airlines do, there would be a twofold benefit:

5 Sep 2001 - 12:00am


Fujikon Industrial designs, manufactures and sells audio headphones, multimedia speakers, microphones, communication headsets, packaging products and precision metal parts.

A year ago, Fujikon was the only listed company in Hong Kong engaged in this business, in which it had had 18 years' experience.

8 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

What is athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot is a very common skin problem that usually affects teenage and young adult men, but almost everyone will get it once in their lifetime.

It is a fungal infection that grows and multiplies on the skin. Many people have the fungus on the skin but do not develop infections.

16 May 2001 - 12:00am

Rethink on aviation noise another win for US trade

Pulling back from the brink of yet another exchange of sanctions with the United States, European Union transport ministers have decided to take a new look at their proposed ban on aircraft fitted with 'hush kits'.

The move probably will mean another delay in the introduction of the EU's tough new noise reduction legislation.

11 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Tree felling unavoidable

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Highways Department also mauls countryside', by M. Stevens, which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on December 1.

This department is carrying out routine vegetation trimming along the expressway between Fanling and Hong Lok Yuen and also carrying out the construction of a noise barrier at this location.

21 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Pollution fine

A RESTAURANT has been fined $122,500 after it failed to obey an order to reduce the noise coming from its ventilation system. Trade Battle Ltd, which operates the Golden Lee Seafood Restaurant in Aberdeen, was fined $50,000 for being noisy plus $2,500 a day for 29 days for failing to obey a noise abatement notice.

20 Apr 1994 - 12:00am