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Smiling Space Museum Art Installation

The Hong Kong Space Museum has been transformed into a giant "Smiling Pineapple Bun," as
part of a 3 week campaign by the Tourism Board teaming up with FriendsWithYou, an art
collaboration created by Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, to boost local tours.

Tsimshatsui . Hong Kong | 2021
27 Sep 2021


Passage

A man walks through Hollywood Road Park, built in Chinese architectural style, in
Sheung Wan at night, casting long shadows.

Sheung Wan . Hong Kong | 2021
26 Sep 2021


Colourful Apartment Buildings in Wanchai

On Queen's Road East in Wanchai, you can see a row of colourful apartment buildings
including the Blue House. The 4-storey Blue House, with a history of over 70 years and
Lingnan architectural design, is currently one of the few tenement houses in Hong Kong
with balconies. It is rated as a Grade I historic building. The heritage building and
a row of colourful apartments form a unique standout street scene.

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2021
25 Sep 2021


Giant Rabbit Lantern Installation in Tsimshatsui

The new energy-saving light installation "The Other Side of the Moon" was created by Hong Kong
artist Dylan Kwok and his team. It includes 6 giant luminous rabbits bowing their heads over
their tablets at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsimshatsui, leading everyone to
reflect on the role of the Internet and communications between people in modern times.

It will be on display through October 3, lights on from 6:30 to 11 pm.

Tsimshatsui . Hong Kong | 2021
24 Sep 2021


Wah Ching House of Wah Fu Estate

Wah Fu Estate was the first public housing estate built with a township concept, with
infrastructures including schools, grocery stores, restaurants and banks. Wah Fu has
Hong Kong’s first public library in a housing estate – the second public library after
the one at the City Hall. It also has the first elderly home and first car park
inside a public housing estate.

Wah Fu means wealthy Chinese and is home to more than 50,000 residents. It was
completed in 1968 to provide locals with affordable housing with significantly
improved social welfare in the wake of the 1967 riots.

Pokfulam . Hong Kong | 2021
23 Sep 2021


Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival at Victoria Park

For this year's Mid-Autumn Festival, a 15-metre-high giant moon lantern, said to be
the largest in Hong Kong, is on display at Kwun Tong waterfront. The 'Fly Me to the
Moon' event is from September 19-22. Lights on 6:30 pm to 10 pm. Admission is free.

Kwun Tong . Hong Kong | 2021
22 Sep 2021


Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival at Victoria Park

The colourful 6-metre-tall merry-go-round lantern crafted by local papercraft master Hui Ka-hung
is the centrepiece at the Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Carnival at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay.
Lights up from 6:30-11 pm, through September 22.

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2021
21 Sep 2021


Hotel 1936 - Revitalised Heritage Building

Revitalised from a Grade III historic building, Hotel 1936 at 179 Prince Edward Road West,
Kowloon, is a 70 rooms boutique hotel on top of an existing heritage building. While
keeping its original art deco architectural exterior, the interior is now decked out
with chic, contemporary sophistication.

It won the 2020 Asia Pacific Property Award - Five Stars Award.

Mongkok . Hong Kong | 2021
20 Sep 2021


Lonely Paisley - Exotic Food with Gorgeous Decor

This new restaurant in Shamshuipo offers exotic food around the world with a
chill atmosphere and gorgeous, colourful decor.

The custom, hand-painted Iranian motif patterned walls, striking tapchans (combined
table and bed of Central Asia), exquisite antique wooden doors from India,
unique lights from Morocco, intricately designed tapestries from Turkey and beautiful
carpets from Afghanistan provide an adventurous magic carpet ride around the world.

The menu offers exotic and delicious dishes from Persian lamb stew, Georgian
butter garlic chicken to Argentinian red shrimp and seafood.

A quick fix for your travel bug during COVID days.

Shamshuipo . Hong Kong | 2021
19 Sep 2021


Homeward Bound

A man walks past a mural on his way home in Sheung Wan.

Sheung Wan . Hong Kong | 2021
18 Sep 2021


Exploring Deserted School Hostel

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted school hostel.

The school was founded in 1947 by the head of the nearby village. In 1955, a church took over
the school and constructed a new school building on the current site. In 1963, the construction
of a hostel began. The construction of the 2-storey building was suspended by villagers on the
grounds of bad fung shui. The building has been deserted since then. There are lots of graffiti
on the Walls, 2 pianos are found while trees and vines grow on the outside.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
17 Sep 2021


Mural by Kristopher Ho in Shamshuipo

Kristopher Ho is a Hong Kong based artist and illustrator. Born in Hong Kong in 1986
and raised in Blackpool, UK, he is well known for his monochromatic and highly intricate
murals and illustrations. His work has been described as impactful with his strokes
yet also filled with intricate details.

Ho graduated from Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London in 2009 with
BA Graphic Design, specialising in illustration.

Shamshuipo . Hong Kong | 2021
16 Sep 2021


Former Home of Artist Huang Yong-yu at Kau Wa Keng Historic Tsang Residence

The Tsang Residence at No. 22, Kau Wa Keng Old Village was built between 1934 and 1937.
During 1940s to 1950s, it was home to many left-wing intellectuals and artists, such as
Wang Ren-shu, Lou Shi-yi and prominent Chinese painter Huang Yong-yu. There was no
water supply at the time and residents drew water from a large slate well next to the house.
It has been abandoned since the 1990s and was rated as a Grade III historic building in 2010.

Kau Wa Keng was originally called the "Dog Climbing Path" as it was located in the hills with
extremely steep paths. Villagers went home like puppies climbing the hills. The old village has
a history of over 300 years. It can be traced back to the native inhabitant village of the New
Territories after the revocation of the inland migration order by Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty.

The village was built in the countryside in the hills and visitors will feel a sense of going back in
time when visiting. Walking along winding paths into the village, one can spot elegant
buildings from the 1920s and 1930s occasionally. Most of the squatter village designs
retain the appearance of the old days. There is also a chic bridge with gurgling water.
A rare and tranquil beauty in the city.

12 projects in Kau Wa Keng, including Yeung Ching Study Hall and ancestral halls of 3 clans
are rare buildings in Hong Kong with a history of over a century of combined Chinese and
Western designs. They have just been rated as Grade III historic buildings.

Mei Foo . Hong Kong | 2021
13 Sep 2021


Exploring Abandoned Church in Historic Village

An avid urban explorer ventures into an abandoned church in a 300 year-old village.

The church, which also functioned as a primary school, consists of 2 buildings of 2 storeys each. It was
built in the early 1950s by missionaries who were evicted from China after the communists victory of
1949. It has been abandoned for a while after the church moved to the city and the compound is
overgrown with trees and vines.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
12 Sep 2021


Fat Tat Tong - Declared Monument

Fat Tat Tong, built in 1933, is not only a testament to the prominence of a renowned Hakka family in the
area obut also a typical example of residences of an eclectic style popular with returned overseas Chinese
in the early 20th century in the territory.

Fat Tat Tong was built by Li To Wan-tso, a trust formed by the 4 sons of Li To-wan in Ha Wo Hang,
Sha Tau Kok, New Territories. Li To-wan was a descendant of the Li clan of Wo Hang. Like many young
adults of Sha Tau Kok going abroad to make a livelihood in the late 19th century, Li To-wan went to
Vietnam to earn a living at a young age. He and his family returned to Ha Wo Hang with a modest fortune.

Li To-wan's eldest son, Li Kwan-lan, was an influential community leader of Sha Tau Kok and was appointed
as one of the three "Tsz Yi" of Sha Tau Kok District in 1936 by the Governor to give advice on matters of
local affairs and disputes. The appointment of Tsz Yi was regarded as a conferment of great honour by
the Governor at the time.

Fat Tat Tong is a 2-storey residence with a long pitched Hakka style tiled roof and fronted by a flat-roofed
colonnaded verandah which is crowned by an ornamental parapet that resembles a stream of rolling
clouds. Traditional green brick and timber as well as modern reinforced concrete are used for the
construction. Chinese-style sliding doors constructed of metal at all front entrances and rows of
windows with metal hoods at the ground floor level are used to enhance the security of the building.
The building contains 5 interconnected houses, each with its own entrance on the ground floor.
Nowadays, Fat Tat Tong still serves as a residence for the descendants of Li To-wan.

It was rated a Grade I historic building in 2010 and a declared monument in 2013.

Sheung Shui . Hong Kong | 2021
11 Sep 2021


Exploring Deserted School for Foreigners

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted school for foreigners.

The 8-storey school was founded in 1982. It is a junior high school adjacent to many schools in the area.
The main hall is also an indoor basketball court. An outdoor court is also included. Owing to an insufficient
number of students, it was closed in 2018 and moved to and merged with its primary school section. Since
then, the school was deserted and its contents have been cleared. There is a small amount of graffiti.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
10 Sep 2021


Kara Jumping Rope

8 year-old Kara was jumping rope at Hollywood Road Park in Sheung Wan at night.

The benefits of jumping rope include better coordination, stronger bones, a lower injury risk,
burning calories, and improved heart condition.

Sheung Wan . Hong Kong | 2021
9 Sep 2021


Exploring Abandoned Blue and White CMB Bus

An avid urban explorer ventures into an abandoned blue and white China Motor Bus.

China Motor Bus Company (CMB) was established in 1923 with a franchise to provide
bus services on Hong Kong Island. The quality of its bus services deteriorated, resulting
in the loss of the franchise of 26 bus routes in 1993 and finally on 1 September 1998,
the government withdrew the franchise.

The decommissioned CMB was hidden in a deserted field full of trees and vines in New
Territories. Most of the seats inside the bus have been dismantled and filled with
sundries such as fans, mattresses, clothes, luggage and daily necessities. A metal
folding gate was installed at the lower door, and the empty space near the tail
shaft has been converted into a room.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
8 Sep 2021


Kwun Tong Community Health Centre Being Demolished

Kwun Tong Community Health Centre in Yue Man Square area, Kwun Tong, is presently being
demolished, to be replaced by a shopping centre by the Urban Renewal Authority.

Kwun Tong . Hong Kong | 2021
7 Sep 2021


Exploring Deserted Luxury Apartments at Mid-levels

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted luxury apartment complex at Mid-levels.

The apartment complex was completed in 1982 with a total area of 22,000 sq ft. There are 6 blocks
and 22 residential units. Each unit's saleable area ranges from 1,512 sq ft to 3,221 sq ft. An
outdoor swimming pool is included in the estate. In 2020, a consortium purchased all the units
in the estate for about $1.8 billion.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
6 Sep 2021


Solitary and Silent Night

A lady takes refuge in an alley in Sheung Wan on a silent night to enjoy her solitude.

Sheung Wan . Hong Kong | 2021
5 Sep 2021


Exploring Deserted Chinese Tenement in the 1950's

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted Tong Lau (Chinese tenement building).

The building was completed in 1959. It has 7 storeys of 2 units each with a nett area of 441-602 sq ft.
It has been deserted for a while. Some of the tenements are empty but most have a large number of
personal items and furniture scattered throughout the building.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
4 Sep 2021


Gateway of Hotung Garden at The Peak

Built in 1938, the ornamental Chinese pai lau gateway to the Hotung Garden was constructed
in memory of the passing of Clara Cheung, the wife of Robert Hotung.

Hotung Garden, a gorgeous mansion built in 1927 in Chinese Renaissance
architecture, rated a Grade I historic building in 2011, was demolished in 2013.

The Peak . Hong Kong | 2021
3 Sep 2021


Exploring Deserted Restaurant in Upscale District

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted restaurant in the most upscale district in Hong Kong.

Built in 1947, the restaurant is a single-storey building with a red pitched roof, reminiscent of
an English country cottage. Adding to this impression are the stone walls, arched windows, black
and white half-timbering on the gable, and the visible chimney stack. The garden surrounds,
with views overlooking the South China Sea, are notable for the old boundary wall. A wide
variety of trees, shrubs and flowers complete the austere, rural appearance.

The restaurant was rated a Grade II historic building in 1981. It was recently closed, tables
and chairs inside have been cleared.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
2 Sep 2021


Colourful Staircase

The colourful staircase of a 29-storey Grade A commercial building in Kwun Tong, built in 1996.

Kwun Tong . Hong Kong | 2021
1 Sep 2021

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