The phantom menace
Well, I haven’t actually encountered this, because it has usually been flushed away before I can see it. That’s right, it’s poo. The smell, even after it’s been flushed away, it still stays. And let me tell you, you’re lucky if you’ve never been to a public toilet and smelled the ineffably horrible stink.
Ady Lam, 11, Beacon Hill School
People actually eat this stuff?!?
For me, the stinkiest thing I’ve ever encountered in Hong Kong is stinky tofu at a food store selling this “delicacy” near the Science Museum. It tastes like rotting food and I wonder why people love it.
Asher Lam, 12, TWGHs Wong Fut Nam Secondary School
What has four wheels and flies?
I’ve heard the government has improved the rubbish truck design but I always hated the smell of when one passes by. I either had to run past it or hold my breath for a solid two minutes. Don’t judge me.
Jeanie Li, 14, Maryknoll Convent School
More like ‘don’t’-rian
To some, durian is one best smells in the world, but to me, it smells like garbage. The worst part is, like stinky tofu, you can probably smell this stuff from five blocks away.
Clement O’Ryan, 15, Sha Tin College
You don’t wanna walk a mile in these, trust me
Every time I finish a workout, I just want to flop onto my bed, and kick off my trainers. I always forget that doing this releases something that could potentially incapacitate me ... and quite possibly the world.
Austin Gigi, 15, South Island School
This goes against the Geneva Convention
The smelliest thing that in Hong Kong would definitely be the PUBLIC TOILETS. It’s like all the toilet paper has been marinated in biological waste and grime. Gross!
Martha Chow, 15, Sha Tin College
Get me out of the outhouse!
The smelliest thing I’ve ever come across has to be those little blue toilet cubicles that you find in parks or fun fairs. Absolutely disgusting stench of poo, pee, and other rubbish. It’s a whole new world in there.
Bakhita Fung, 15, Island School
It could bring tears to your eyes
There is nothing stinkier than getting my DSE results yesterday, and finding out that I only got a 2 in Chinese, practically ending all hopes for a place in university.
Justin Wong, 17, TWGHs Wong Fut Nam College
Minibus, big stink
One time a woman brought a durian on board the minibus I was on, and sat down right next to me. The “aroma” was so thick in that tiny minibus that I didn’t know if I’d be able to last until my stop.
Belinda Ng, 16, South Island School
A perfect storm of stench
I was on a side street lined with food stalls that sold durian and stinky tofu among other things. What’s worse is that cars were driving along the road, and the smell of exhaust mixed with the putrid smell definitely made me a bit nauseous!
Erica Qiu, 16, Chinese International School
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