Tung Chung has dozens and dozens of Trails for example at its doorsteps.
I know you don't like new towns but you can easily live in TC (enjoy convenience of the mall for shopping and all) while enjoying magnificent nature at your doorstep. I know many top trail runners for example who do.
You dont have to live in the woods to enjoy nature.
Unfortunately, you all seem to be wrong
1. Most pollution in HK is from traffic, and not blown in from China, so if your house is facing a road, you are going to have more pollution outside your window than if your house is facing a park/the sea. Also, if your house is on a low floor facing a road you are going to have more pollution than if your house is on the 25th floor of that same building, facing the same road.
2. Comparing apples with apples: if you face a busy road in Central, Tung Chung, NT, or wherever, you will probably have about the same pollution. It doesn't matter much where you are. Similarly, if you face the sea in Central, Thung Chung, or NT, you are going to have similar levels of pollution. The question with these data: EPD - AQHI and Forecast is: where exactly did they put the thing to measure pollution?
3. In my personal experience, pollution in NT is generally lower than that in Kowloon Tong or the busy roads in Central. But if you go to congested roads in NT you will have the same pollution than in KT and Central. In some roads in Kowlooon Tong I have tears and a sour, vinegary taste in my mouth, so bad is the pollution. In my house (facing the sea, in Ma On Shan), the air is fine. No traffic in front of my flat, and the wind disperses the pollution.
4. If you want less pollution, go to NT (e.g. Ma On Shan) and live in flat that faces the sea. You will probably have 1/2 as much pollution than in Tung Chung.
Last edited by Liked; 12-02-2015 at 01:30 PM.
i will say that i live btwn Ma On Shan and Tai Po, and think that overall we're better off health-wise here. But that's becuase we are able to spend very little of out time alongside major roads. In Mong Kok, it seems like I'm always walking along Nathan or Argyle or something, breathing in a lot of car exhaust. I feel healthier out here. But I'm not going to raise my son here long-term, because of the air pollution.
the irony is that in HK case, anything we outsource blows right back on us when the wind turns.
My statements on the air quality are based on my personal experience and I stand by them. I have my doubts about a single measuring device accurately measuring the pollution for such a wide area as a town. I also have my doubts about people running for the proverbial gas masks just because a reading increases by 1 to raise the reading from medium to high.
At this moment in time, I have zero qualms about raising my daughter in the area even though I am very mobile and can emigrate to loads of other countries.
Last edited by ray98; 12-02-2015 at 01:50 PM.