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Camel's Foot Blooming near Wong Nai Chung Reservoir

A large cluster of small white Camel's Foot, aka Bauhinia corymbosa, is blooming
near Wong Nai Chung Reservoir on Hong Kong Island.

Camel's Foot is present in subtropical and tropical regions including Hong Kong,
Guangdong, Hainan. The new leaves and tendrils are elegant and graceful
the leaves are exquisite and small, the flowers are light and elegant,
and the fruits are red and lovely.

Wong Nai Chung Gap . Hong Kong | 2021
17 May 2021


Exploring Deserted Senior Home with Many Graffiti

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted home for the elderly. The buildings
have been abandoned for many years and graffiti is everywhere including the
rooftop. In addition to urban explorers and street artists, war-game
enthusiasts are also regular visitors.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
16 May 2021


Swallowtail Butterfly Foraging

Swallowtails are large colourful butterflies. The forked appearance in
some of the swallowtails' hindwings gave rise to its common name.
Wings have striking black and white geometric patterns with
colour accents. Flying speed is high.

Wong Nai Chung Gap . Hong Kong | 2021
15 May 2021


Exploring Deserted Pre-war Curved-corner Tenement

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted curved-corner Tong Lau
(Chinese Tenement house).


It is a pre-war Tong Lau built in 1943 and is now one of the three remaining curved-
corner tenement houses in Hong Kong. As it was sold for redevelopment, the
removal of the windows on the first floor has ironically restored its historical
look. It has not been graded as a historic building and part of Hong Kong's
heritage will be vanishing with its demolition.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
14 May 2021


Reflection at Fanling Hong Lok Park
粉嶺康樂公園樹影


寳花千樹影扶疎 曲檻回垣碧草腴 (元 | 周伯琦)

Hong Lok Park near Fanling East Rail Station is small in size, and landscaped
as a Chinese-style park. It has many trees with a large pond in the middle.

Fanling . Hong Kong | 2021
13 May 2021


Hugo Explores Deserted Police Station

Hugo, who loves urban exploration, ventures into a deserted police station.

The police station was built in 1962 to replace an earlier one. Strategically
located at the top of a small hill overlooking the surrounding area, it was an
outpost and operational base of the Hong Kong police to keep watch on illegal
immigration for decades. In 2000 the station was closed and the site was deserted.
It was rated as Grade III historic building in 2014.

It is an utilitarian building of the 1960s, 3 storeys high concrete beamed split
level built to a U-shaped plan. There are offices, cells and toilets with metal
grille and window shutters on some of the windows. There are two circular
watch towers at the roof level, which are the signature feature. The
former staff called them “gun batteries”.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
12 May 2021


Sunrise Amidst the Mountains
日出群山

太陽初出光赫赫 千山萬山如火發(宋 | 趙匡胤)

Sunrise amidst the mountains at Castle Peak.

Castle Peak . Hong Kong | 2021
11 May 2021


Exploring Parabolic Roof Trusses of State Theatre

Built in 1952, the State Theatre Building in North Point, formerly known as Empire Theatre, is the
oldest existing post-war era cinema in Hong Kong. It is a Grade I historical building, full of mystery.

Empire Theatre was closed in 1957 and was converted into State Theatre in 1959 until closing in 1997.
To this day, the cinema still retains many special architectural features, including the rooftop
design unique in the world - the giant concrete parabolic trusses - and the large relief
sculpture of 'Tung Cheuk seduced by Diu Sim' (Minister seduced by Beauty in the Three Kingdom period)
above the entrance on King's Road.

On 8 October, New World Development acquired the property rights of State Theatre Building for
$4.776 billion, which is the largest amount fetched in a forced auction ever.
The building consists of three parts: residential, shopping mall and cinema,
with a history of 68 years. The Group has appointed 3 major British and local
building conservation consultants to formulate conservation management plans
for the cinema, including a study of the historical value of State Theatre.

They will conduct 3D scanning and exploration at the venue to gauge the internal
structure. The plan is to preserve it as a venue for arts and cultural performances,
to preserve the giant arches on the roof and to open the rooftop arches area
to the public for viewing and taking pictures at close range.

North Point . Hong Kong | 2021
10 May 2021


Artist Elizabeth Briel Kicks-off Ventilation Paintings Exhibition

Elizabeth Briel, an artist from California, kicks-off the solo exhibition of her latest work -
Ventilation Paintings.

Briel's approach for this series has been to view Hong Kong and its architecture as matrices for
printmaking, specifically embossing.

Instead of printing with machines, or creating printing plates for reproduction, she prints directly from
the city itself, by wrapping her body and paper around the vintage architecture that has protected
her during the pandemic, inside a building which will be destroyed in coming years. The resulting
blind embossed work is a direct impression of architectural heritage under threat, and a meeting
of skin, paper, and metal.

Prints are hand-tinted with water-soluble graphite, and are attached directly to the wall. The paper
is thin “rice paper”, and prints move with passing air, thus the name "Ventilation Paintings". This
transient materiality produces a physical documentation of a city and world in flux that would
not have the same resonance if made in any other time or place.

Briel's art is brilliantly created with light, time, and chance. The artworks document the passage of
time by capturing the sun's UV rays or wind, our fast-changing lives, and a sensation of
belonging nowhere yet anywhere.

Exhibition through 12 May at
The Xevarion Institute/Catalyst
2 Po Yan St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Artist present 2-6 pm Sunday May 9
Website: ebriel.com

Sheung Wan . Hong Kong | 2021
9 May 2021


Most Haunted Deserted Upscale Villa

An avid urban explorer ventures into Hong Kong's most haunted deserted
villa. This multi-storey mansion is a Grade I historic building located
in the most upscale district on Hong Kong Island.

Built before WWII, the mansion includes a greenhouse. It is said that
the original owner went bankrupt and the second owner died in the house. It is
rumoured that 7 Catholic nuns were decapitated here during the Japanese
occupation and neighbours regularly complain about peculiar sounds.

A woman who lived here in the 70s said that she often saw a ‘ghost child’ with
thick matted hair and wearing a white lace nightgown and heard her crying.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
8 May 2021


Century-old Chinese YMCA

The Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Bridges Street Centre is a 6-storey building constructed in red
bricks and concrete in 1918. Designed by American architect Harry Hussey, the premise
integrated American Chicago School architectural style with Chinese tile roofing. The premises
included the first indoor swimming pool in Hong Kong, which is still in operation today.

In 2009, the Centre was declared a Grade I historic building and it is currently a community
centre and a shelter workshop.

Sheung Wan . Hong Kong | 2021
7 May 2021


Abandoned House of Bruce Lee's "Enter The Dragon" Shooting Site

An avid urban explorer ventures into an abandoned house on the waterfront, which was
once the filming location of Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon" movie in 1973.

The top of the structure is entangled with a large number of tree roots,
reminiscent of some scenes in Angkor Wat. There is a large hole in the brick
wall with scenes of decay everywhere, giving us an Indiana Jones exploring feel.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
6 May 2021


Time Travel Exhibition as Subway Station Celebrates Street Culture

“TIME TRAVEL” art exhibition, curated by JPS Art Gallery, converts part of the expansive
space of Belowground into a train platform inspired by the New York subway. It features
a selection of bright and bold murals, sculptures and paintings by street art legend
Cope2 and local rising stars Afa Annfa and Chino Lam.

Free admissions to Belowground
Basement, Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong until May 16.

Central . Hong Kong | 2021
5 May 2021


Exploring Abandoned Western Mansion with Cars

An avid urban explorer ventures into an abandoned western-style mansion.

The 2-storey mansion was completed in 1976 with a nett area of 5,528 square feet. The
front yard includes a pond with a bridge. There are 3 cars, including a BMW, parked
inside the compound. Furniture, porn magazines and videos, as well as personal
items, including photos and a passport, are scattered throughout the mansion. It
has been abandoned for many years and is overgrown with trees and bushes.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
4 May 2021


Christ the King Chapel

The Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay was built in 1928 and can accommodate 1,000 people.
The church was built in a classical revival style. The building was designed like a long cross. The
intersection was topped with a dome. The outer facade was surrounded by Corinthian stone
pillars to support the eaves, and the inclined roof was covered with Chinese tiles.

The interior is decorated in a classical style, the floor is covered with colorful mosaic tiles and the
gorgeous angel carvings make the church look quite elegant, and it is a Grade II historic building.

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2021
3 May 2021


Selena Explores Deserted Girls' Home

Selena, who loves urban exploration, hiking and photography, ventures into a deserted girls' home.

The mansion is estimated to be built between late 1930 and early 1940. In 1948, it became the first
girls' home in Hong Kong and in East Asia outside Japan, for the residential rehabilitation of
delinquent girls. The 3-storey main building looks like a castle and has a reinforced concrete
frame with red brick infilled walls. The emphasis on lines and geometry embodies Art Deco
influences. The interior spiral staircase in a polygonal design is an iconic feature. The
building has been deserted for over 20 years.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
2 May 2021


Reflection
倒影

樓台倒影入池塘 (唐 | 高駢)

Reflection of a city scene in a pool in Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2021
1 May 2021

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