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    City Rooftop Beekeepers the Buzz in Hong Kong

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    Hong Kong's world-famous city skyline of high-rise buildings and neon lights is hardly the place to house dangerous insects. But one local pioneer has been bucking the trend of urban beekeeping—to sustain the local bee population and to provide honey to neighborhood residents.

    On the rooftop of a 14 story building in Hong Kong... an organization that promotes city beekeeping maintains a beehive with nearly 10,000 buzzers a buzzing.

    Hong Kong Honey founder and director Michael Leung says Hong Kong's mild weather makes it ideal for honey beekeeping.

    [Michael Leung, Founder, Hong Kong Honey]:
    "Hong Kong's pretty dense - a dense concrete jungle in the centre, 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 says there are around 11 urban beehives throughout the city, owned by farmers, organizations and private individuals.

    [Michael Leung, Founder, Hong Kong Honey]:
    "Hong Kong Honey is an organization of beekeepers, artists, and designers. And we really try to communicate the value of bees being pollinators and really necessary for our food chain. They are really resourceful and industrious insects so we want to promote this and the consumption of local honey."

    Leung's curiosity for city beekeeping began in Sweden. He learned the trade from veteran city beekeepers in Hong Kong, New York, and London.

    He hopes to encourage consumers to enjoy locally produced honey.

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    Urban beekeeping has grown in popularity in places like Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco and Chicago.

    But there is a Chinese touch to the practice in Hong Kong. The traditional Chinese beekeeper, Leung says, does not wear protective gear or smoke the bees. Leung believes this approach builds a closer connection with the bees.