Hong Kong is blessed with stunning natural settings, a drama of islands and bays and steep green mountains. Dotting that landscape is an imposing man-made landscape of densely-packed skyscrapers and colorful lights. It looks great – from a distance.
Up close, the magic is gone, and beauty is replaced with an often ugly reality. Between glittering skyscrapers and sparkling shopping malls we have cracking sidewalks, concrete barriers, metal railings, temporary signs, canopies, and ever more clutter. Not only is our urban streetscape getting uglier – this clutter is penetrating our rural and country park areas as well!
It does not have to be that way. We can improve standards and guidelines, and have common sense and creativity infused decision making. You can help raise awareness for less clutter and help advocate beauty!