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Urban Bee Keeping
Uban Bee Keeping
Story Updated: Jul 13, 2011
The newest buzz in Hong Kong is rooftop beekeeping.
The dense urban skyline of Hong Kong may not seem a good place to keep bees but Michael Leung (Lee-Ung) says you'd be surprised at all the green space near the city. So he's helped start eleven urban beehives around the city.
One hive on a 14 story building has ten-thousand bees. Leung says there's more green space in the city than people believe. "Hong Kong's pretty dense, a dense concrete jungle in the center, but around the whole of Hong Kong there are actually loads of green spaces, like mountains with trees and flora for bees to pollinate and harvest nectar from."
Leung helped to create Hong Kong honey which is a group of farmers, artists and designers to show the value of bees in the food chain.
Leung says traditional Chinese beekeeping shuns protective gear and he says he's slowly getting used to that. He's been stung 13 times in 18 months.
(source: NBC News Channel)