This city has a full-on supply of stress and pollution. Yet, we do have the advantage of being surrounded by beaches. My family has set a goal of swimming in all of the beaches of Hong Kong – those deemed safe to swim in, of course. See guide from the Environmental Protection Department: http://sc.epd.gov.hk/gb/www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/water/beach_quality/bwq_current.html So far we have been to ShekO; Repulse Bay; Stanley Main Beach; St. Stephen Beach; and South Bay.
This last week-end we were at South Bay. Now that we have got the beach umbrella rental figured, the beach bag contents sorted, and the packed lunch organized our trips to the beach are stress-free and maximally enjoyable. The combination of sea salt, ocean air and sunshine makes us all feel sun-kissed and happy. It seems that a weekend with a trip to beach makes everyone feel relaxed for the busy week ahead.
It is my prescription to everyone to get out and enjoy that nature in before the invasion of the thermal inversions of winter. It’s during the cooler months that we Hong Kongers have so much to worry about with air pollution as a result of thermal inversions http://daphne.palomar.edu/calenvironment/smog.htm trapping the smog between layers of warm and cool air. So get out there, but try not to block my sun!