Beautiful City. Ugly Places.

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 infuse decision making. You can help raise awareness for less clutter and help advocate beauty!


You can participate and decide what makes our city beautiful, and what makes our city ugly. Go to the Photo Gallery and simply post your photographs on, or comment on photographs already posted, or email your pictures to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with clear descriptions and we will put them up for you.

Update: Thanks to all of you (so many!) who have been uploading photos to the site! There are some fantastic photos and a good balance between Beautiful and Ugly. Keep them coming!

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Beautiful City

Ugly Places

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Let us know your view. Upload your pictures of 'beautiful' and 'ugly' public space in Hong Kong or make comments on existing photographs in the Photo Gallery. Make sure you register as a user first.

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