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Exploring Demolished Super Luxury Mansion

An avid urban explorer ventures into a demolished super luxury mansion,
perched on top of a hill with expansive seaview.

The main building of the mansion has been totally demolished leaving behind
2 spectacular stone lions of 3 metres tall with crystal balls in their mouth
which guard a grand circular stairs to the front door and a huge gateway
leading to the compound surrounded by low colonnade. Some of the landscaping
remains including palm trees, large rockery and designer flower pots.

The adjacent garden of over 17,000 sq ft include a humongous swimming pool.
Viewing from an aerial photo on Google Maps, the main building was a rectangular
structure 4-5 times of the neighbouring buildings which are about 4-5,000 sq ft.
One can only imagine that it was a gorgeous mansion of over 20,000 sq ft.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture, leave
no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
25 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Mansion

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted mansion.

The 3-storey mansion was the residence of a financier in the gold and silver industry.
He was a well respected member of the community and was awarded Member
of the British Empire (MBE). The mansion has been deserted for a while with
furniture and personal items scattered throughout the building.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of only taking pictures, leaving no
traces, and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
24 Jan 2022


Misty Tai Mo Shan

Tai Mo Shan, the highest peak in Hong Kong at 957 m (3,140 ft) with it's weather
radar station, in the mist.

Tai Mo Shan . Hong Kong | 2021
23 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Pink Room of Love

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted Tong Lau (Chinese tenement building)
with a pink room of love.

The building was completed in 1962. It has 9 storeys of a 8 units on each floor with a
nett area of 380 sq ft. Some units are chicly designed in the interior. One of the
rooms is painted in pink with a poster on the wall with the character 'love' in Chinese.
It has been deserted since 2011.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture, leave no trace
and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
22 Jan 2022


Lychee Stink Bug

Lychee stink bug (Tessaratoma papillosa) is beautiful bug growing to 24 mm. Nymphs
are especially colourful. But it is considered a pest by farmers as it feeds on lychee
and longan trees by sucking the saps from its flowers, young fruits, and twigs.

They are called stink bugs because when threatened their defense mechanism
is a foul-smelling, long-lasting excretion. Local people believe it is poisonous
and can cause blindness when rubbing eyes after touching it.

Fanling . Hong Kong | 2021
21 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Village School

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted village school.

The school was founded in 1938 to serve an historic Hakka village. The current
building was constructed in 1959. As the village is situated in a remote location
with inconvenient transportation, many villagers moved away. As a result,
the school was closed due to insufficient enrolment. It was left derelict with
overgrown trees and graffiti on the walls.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture, leave no trace
and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
20 Jan 2022


Foxy Marie Savours Victoria Harbour

Foxy Marie, a model from the Philippines, enjoys a walk at the Western waterfront promanade.

Western . Hong Kong | 2021
19 Jan 2022


Sultry Appy Revels at Western Waterfront

Sultry Appy, a model from the Philippines, revels at the Western waterfront promenade.

Western . Hong Kong | 2021
18 Jan 2022


Ly Frolicks at Western Promenade

Ly, a model from the Philippines, frolicks at the Western waterfront promanade.

Western . Hong Kong | 2021
17 Jan 2022


Historic Wah Toh Hospital

Established in 1867, Wah Toh Hospital at 72 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai was the
first hospital founded by Chinese in Hong Kong. Later it was converted into Wah
Toh Temple, which enshrined him as the god of medicine.

In the 1920s, the Temple was demolished and converted into a 4-storey
tenement building. After the reconstruction, Wah Toh Temple became the martial
arts hall and trauma medical clinic of Lam Cho, the nephew of Wong Fei-hung's
student Lam Sai-wing.

In 2009, St James' Settlement and 3 other organizations successfully applied
for the revitalisation of the historic building and turned it into the Blue House complex
which includes Wan Chai Story House. The former site of Wah Toh Hospital
continues to be a clinic used by Dr Luk. Blue House complex is rated a Grade I
historic building.

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2021
16 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Historic Ancient Monastery

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted ruins of an Abbot's House of
an ancient monastery.

The location of the monastery is known as the birthplace of Buddhism in Hong Kong.
Its earliest recorded history was in 1464. It is ranked first among the 3 ancient temple
of Hong Kong. The current monastery was built in 1918-1939 and is rated as
a Grade I historic building. The crumbling brick walls of the former Abbot's House
is backed by bamboo trees.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture, leave no trace
and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
15 Jan 2022


Pre-1910 Hong Kong Street Sign

There are still a few old ceramic and concrete street signs in Hong Kong that were made
before 1930 and about 100 cast iron plates in service that were installed between
the 1930s and 1960s - they were hand-crafted and can weigh up to 30kg.

The sign at Lower Albert Road outside the old Dairy Farm Depot, now the
Fringe Club, has ceramic tiles in a concrete frame.

There was a change of design in the 1960s to 1970s with the plates made of concrete
again. The most recent ones are made of aluminium, beginning in 2005 when
19,000 street signs were replaced.

Central . Hong Kong | 2021
14 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Charming House

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted house with charming interior tiles and exterior.

The 2-storey house is painted in rainbow colours on the exterior with gorgeous
tiles on the interior walls and floors. For various reasons, it could not obtain an
occupation permit and thus remains deserted. Vegetation runs wild in the garden outside.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture, leave no trace
and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
13 Jan 2022


Lam Ancestral Hall

The Lam Ancestral Hall of Shan Pui Village, Yuen Long, built around a century ago
by the Lam Clan who moved from Tai Wai village some 300 years ago. The hall was
restored in 1989 when the original bricks were replaced and therefore the government
would not give it a rating for a historical building.

A 1.5 metre high portrait of Tin Hau, painted on a mirror - probably a prize from a 1949
festive competition - is placed at the altar next to the ancestral plaques.

Yuen Long . Hong Kong | 2021
12 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Senior Home

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted senior home.

There are multiple buildings and one of them was a senior home with partitioned cubicles.
This site has been abandoned for a while. Personal belongings and furniture
are scattered throughout the buildings, and graffiti is on many walls including
the rooftop. It is a favourite ground for war games enthusiasts.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture, leave no trace
and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
11 Jan 2022


Hong Kong Skyline

Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour, viewed from M+, the city's brand new
museum of visual culture.

West Kowloon . Hong Kong | 2021
10 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Religious School

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted religious school.

Founded in 1925, the religious school was built on a piece of donated land of 10,000
sq ft. There were 2 buildings that can accommodate 100 students from the villages
nearby. It was a pioneer in religious education in Hong Kong and had been expanded
and rebuilt in 1961 with 4 buildings including a hall with a piano. Owing to insufficient
enrollment, it had been closed for many years.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture, leave no trace
and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
9 Jan 2022


Exquisite Jazmin Casa House

Jazmin Casa House, completed in 1976, is an exquisitely designed 4-storey corner
building in Lan Kwai Fong. The streamlined curves and green metal bars over the
windows exude an elegant look. An eye-candy in the neighbourhood.

Central . Hong Kong | 2021
8 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Shipyard

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted shipyard.

The massive shipyard includes a 4-storey building. Part of it is used as a warehouse and a part used
as a movie set. There are lots of graffiti, especially on the rooftop. There is evidence that a great
fire had broke out and many charred items remain, including burnt vehicles that were totalled.
A waterway is located in the pitch-black basement with fishes still swimming.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture, leave no trace
and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
7 Jan 2022


Dragon’s Delusion - Animation at M+

The Dragon’s Delusion is a visually unique, highly stylised animated sci-fi story, currently
part of the Hong Kong: Here and Beyond exhibition, through 27 Nov 2022 at M+. It is
created, produced and directed by Kongkee, a distinguished director and comic artist
known for his work on Pandaman, Travel to Hong Kong with Blur, Departure and more.

Kongkee and his team aim to make an animation that delivers dazzling visual
effects, phantasmagoric viewing experience and depictions of human emotions
that transcend time. The Dragon’s Delusion belongs to the sci-fi mystery and
suspense genre made for an audience of young adults and animation lovers.

West Kowloon . Hong Kong | 2021
6 Jan 2022


Exploring Abandoned Hospital at Mid-levels

An avid urban explorer ventures into an abandoned nurses' dormitory for a
hospital at Mid-levels.

Built in 1955, it was a non-profit private hospital. The hospital's services included
a large number of specialties which covered a broad area of medicine. At its
height, the hospital carried out 60% of Hong Kong's abortions. It was closed in
2012 following some disputes since 2009. Many pieces of expensive medical
equipment, documents and other echoes of the building's history lay discarded.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of only taking pictures, leaving no
traces, and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
5 Jan 2022


Crying for Hong Kong's Deteriorating Freedom?

Art Installation at Western District Waterfront Promenade. Crying for Hong Kong's
rapid deteriorating freedom and civil society?

Sai Ying Pun . Hong Kong | 2021
4 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Near-Century-old Monastery

An avid urban explorer probes a deserted 2-storey high monastery with an elegant
arched balcony and cylindrical columns on the first floor. It is the earliest
Buddhist temple built in the area.

The temple was founded in 1923. There are several buildings in the compound
including this main temple hall built in 1934 and 3 illegally operated columbaria.
Before the war, the temple was quite famous in Hong Kong.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of only taking pictures, leaving no
traces, and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
3 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Hospital Quarters

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted hospital quarters.

Built in 1934, the 3-storey building was used as sisters' quarters. It has been rated
a Grade III historic building.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of only taking pictures, leaving no
traces, and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
2 Jan 2022


First Sunrise of 2022

First Sunrise of 2022 at Butterfly Beach in Hong Kong.

Tuen Mun . Hong Kong | 2021
1 Jan 2022

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