I never felt Hong Kong was THAT polluted until recently. I used to see blue skies quite frequently, but for the past couple of weeks there were none. Combine the smog with the sweltering heat, I have to force myself to leave my apartment every day.
The past Saturday was so bad that I could see the smog in the air. It made everything fuzzy. It came as no surprise when I read in the newspapers that with the exception of the sandstorm that hit Hong Kong in 2010, pollution has not been so bad since 1999 when pollution recording first began. The government urges everyone, especially the sick and elderly to stay indoors as the pollution reached record levels.
After a year of never opening my windows and having the air purifier run 24/7, I am fed up. I am more aware than ever that I need not suffer this horrible air quality. I can just pack up and leave. Right now I am craving the scent of clean, crisp, and fresh air.