Hong Kong's Birders Are Worried, Too

The narrow and unpromising road winds past a crumbling Chinese country house, whose roof caved in years ago. Littered with rusting, smashed trucks and cars and abandoned 40-foot shipping containers, the road intersects with two-lane thoroughfares clotted with tractor trailers crawling to the Chinese border. A military observation post flies the Union Jack in these last days of the British Empire. Visible above high barbed-wire fences are the skyscrapers of Shenzhen, the Chinese boomtown across the water. A scaled-down version of the Eiffel Tower shimmers in the mist at an amusement park in China, on the far side of Deep Bay. It's one of the most degraded landscapes I've seen in a decade of reporting on Asia's economic boom.

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