13 shocking photos of Hong Kong's beaches

Join our special beach clean on Sunday January 21 and help us prevent all this trash from taking over our sandy paradises
By Graham Turner |
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Plastic bottles and bags, medical waste and general detritus. These aren't words you would generally associate with beaches but unfortunately that's what we've got – in frightening quantities – clogging up our beaches in Hong Kong.

And this makes us sad. Thankfully, though, our city is full of amazing people who actively combat this blight on our beaches. So, on Sunday January 21, Time Out Hong Kong is joining forces with local volunteer group The First Penguins in our first-ever beach clean. And of course, we want you to come hang with us for some good-spirited cleaning! Our target – despite the militaristic jargon, we promise it'll be fun – is Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma Island where we'll be giving two beaches a makeover. We'll be hitting it up from 11.30am to 4.30pm, and we want you to join us. Click here for more details and to register! 

Not convinced? Have a look below at the breadth of the problem facing our beaches. These are 13 shocking photos – all taken last year by beach clean volunteers – that highlight all that trash on our sands across the SAR. Inspired to do something about it? Hopefully we'll see you on January 21!

Rubbish on Hong Kong's beaches

Lo So Shing Village East Beach
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Lo So Shing Village East Beach

Lo So Shing Village East Beach
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And again...

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Lo So Shing Beach
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See why it's needing a clean, badly?

Tsing Yi
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It's not the only one though...

Here are some others, starting with Tsing Yi

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Shek Pai Wan
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Shek Pai Wan

We're coming for you, trash.

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We know where you live, trash.

Sai Kung
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Sai Kung

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Sam Wan beach
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Sam Wan

Tai Wan To
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Tai Wan To

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Sham Wan
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Sham Wan

Turtle Beach
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Turtle Beach (Sham Wan)

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Turtle Beach
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The amount of trash collected by volunteers at Turtle Beach

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