Far north of Hong Kong, the shores of Lau Fau Shan can well be addressed as ‘food wrapper-trail’ because of the area scattered with fast food wrappers and discarded cigarette packets.
The beach is also occasionally found to be left with old socks; call it a tourist-hazard?
It is, rather what remains, a home to oyster farming industry.
From across China’s border, smoke-belching factories are adding to the already persisting fetid air over Deep Bay. It is rather, one of the most polluted water stretches of Hong Kong.
The former British colony is bearing the burns of environmental consequences led by the country’s indiscriminate and unplanned rampant economic growth.
Concerned and burdened by the over-polluted territory’s handing back to the Chinese after 10 years’ of British exploitation, Lew Young of the World Wildlife Fund said,
Pollution is a huge problem. Visit Lau Fau Shan and you will certainly be wary of buying oysters in Hong Kong. But it is the rubbish you can’t see that’s causing the real problems.
He is studying and monitoring the economically fertile oyster-bank land’s water and air quality.
What worsened the situation dramatically are the power plants’ switching to cheaper coal from natural gas, a key to help trigger global warming and hence speed up the planet’s devastation.