Everyone, but especially the sick and elderly, is being urged to stay indoors here as pollution reaches record levels.
With the exception of a sand storm two years ago, it’s the highest it’s been since they began recording pollution back in 1999, i.e. it is just ugly, ugly out there. They’re saying that the typhoon that passed through Taiwan brought hot weather and trapped pollutants here.
While most of the pollution is from the neighboring factories in China, a lot of it is also from the cars and busses here… and it really does baffle me that Hong Kong hasn’t done everything it can to clean up its own act given how bad the pollution is. Also, surprising is a recent study that found that Hong Kong has the longest life expectancy for women in the world–even with the pollution we are now outliving our famously sturdy Japanese neighbors. The average woman here lives until 87. Photo: AP.