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Bougainvillea Blooming

Bougainvilleas are quintessential tropical vines, known for their drought-
tolerance and lavishly brilliant flowers. They originate from tropical South
and Central America, where they're called paper flowers. Bougainvilleas
are rapid growers, flowering all year-round in the tropics and subtropics.

A native to coastal Brazil, the bougainvillea was discovered in 1768 in
Rio de Janeiro by French naturalist Dr Philibert Commerson.

Jardine Lookout . Hong Kong | 2020
9 Apr 2020


Most Contemporary Street Art

A mural in Sheung Wan reflects contemporary life. Mask wearing is
common for protection as 21 new coronavirus cases are confirmed
bringing total to 935 on Tuesday in Hong Kong.

Sheung Wan . Hong Kong | 2020
8 Apr 2020


Magic Dragon by Artist Megic4ever

Magic Dragon by Shenzhen-based Chinese street artist Megic4ever in
Sheung Wan. Part of the international street art festival organised by
HKWalls.org in 2018.

Named one of the 15 coolest neighborhoods in the world in 2020, Sheung
Wan is a hip district teeming with fashionable lounges, craft coffee
houses, late night eateries and appealing art galleries. People also
enjoy its historical temples, graffitied walls, antique dealers and
dried-fish vendors.

Sheung Wan . Hong Kong | 2020
7 Apr 2020


Heather Explores Abandoned Ma Wan Village

Heather, an educator from Bristol, loves urban exploration and checks out the
abandoned village of Ma Wan. Once a thriving fishing village with stilt houses,
restaurants and a school, Ma Wan fishing village is now a ghost town. The residents
were evicted by the government in 2011, some unwillingly, to give way
to Park Island, a huge gated housing estate developed by Sun Hung Kai
Properties for 5,000 families.

The island has a long history, dating back to Neolithic times, much of which
has been swallowed in recent years by the ever hungry need for housing development.
Complete Neolithic human skeletal remains were found in tombs at Tung Wan
in 1997. Ching Ma Bridge linking Kowloon with Lantau Island provides a dramtic background.

Ma Wan . Hong Kong | 2019
6 Apr 2020


Abandoned Ma Wan Ghost Village

Graffiti at the abandoned village of Ma Wan. Once a thriving fishing village
with stilt houses, restaurants and a school, Ma Wan fishing village is now
a ghost town. The residents were evicted by the government in 2011, some
unwillingly, to give way to Park Island, a huge gated housing estate
developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties for 5,000 families.

The island has a long history, dating back to Neolithic times, much of
which has been swallowed in recent years by the ever hungry need
for housing development.

Ma Wan . Hong Kong | 2019
5 Apr 2020


Few Tomb Sweepers on Ching Ming amid Coronavirus Spread

Fewer visitors are observed at Hong Kong Cementary in Happy Valley on Ching Ming
Festival today as 17 new infections are recorded taking the total to 863.

Thousands visit cemeteries every year to mark the Ching Ming Festival and pay
respects to their ancestors.

The government has been putting in place various measures to reduce people
crowding together amid the coronavirus outbreak and appealed to grave sweepers
not to crowd together at cemeteries as they pay tribute to their ancestors.

Happy Valley . Hong Kong | 2020
4 Apr 2020


All Bars Shutdown by Government as Hong Kong Coronavirus Cases Exceed 800

Hong Kong government ordered all 1,200 bars and pubs to close down for 2 weeks
starting 6 pm today (3 April), in the latest of a series of mandatory closures targeting
entertainment venues in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Violators face 6 months in prison and a maximum fine of HK$50,000.

Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group, surveys the damage on the empty
streets and closed businesses in the city's most popular bar district which was
usually packed with drinking revellers.

To-date, there have been 69 confirmed coronavirus cases here that have been linked
to local bars, leading to 14 further infections -- including that of a 40-day-old baby boy.

The bar industry accused officials making them the scapegoat, while failing to close
the border and take effective action earlier. Many complained that business was
already slow, and a full shutdown would sound the death-knell for many.

Central . Hong Kong | 2020
3 Apr 2020


Golden Trumpets Blooming

Spring is blooming, and there are nearly thirty golden trumpet
trees in the center of Nanchang Park in Sham Shui Po. Golden
trumpet is native to South America. It is the national flower
of Brazil. It usually blooms in March and April.

Nam Cheong . Hong Kong | 2020
2 Apr 2020


Young Novice Monks at Yangon in Myanmar

Four novice Buddhist monks hang out at Shwedagon Pagoda (temple)
in Yangon, Myanmar's most sacred religious monument.

Entering monkhood is a rite of passage for many Myanmar boys, although
most of them spend a few months, typically 100 days, as young monks
rather than making a lifetime commitment.

There are about 500,000 Buddhist monks, novices and nuns in Myanmar,
a nation of 53 million people. Around 90% of the population are Buddhist.

Yangon . Myanmar | 2003
1 Apr 2020

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