A study was undertaken in a country park of Hong Kong to characterize the natural soundscapes and determine the affective response of visitors to natural and human-caused sounds. Located on the eastern extremity of Hong Kong, the country park is easily accessible and characterized by sandy beaches, rocky shores, rugged slopes and wooded ravines nested among silent hills and mountains. The country park is exposed to varying levels of transportation noise (motor vehicle, aircraft) and visitor-caused noise. The soundscapes of a variety of natural landscapes were characterized by sound walks and acoustic analysis of 15-minute and 24-hour sound recordings. A questionnaire survey would be undertaken in several landscape-recreational use settings with different exposure levels to transportation and human-caused noise. The findings will provide an empirical basis to plan and manage natural soundscapes, hence contributing to a growing body of research on the potential impacts of human-caused sound in country parks.

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