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Deserted Tong Lau from 1960s Being Demolished

Built in the 1960s, the 5-storey Tong Lau (Chinese tenement building) has
10 units of 471 sq ft each. Apparently, they have been deserted since 1987.
Porn magazines and books can be found there. The whole block of buildings
are being demolished. Workers are on site for the demolition.

Hong Kong | 2024
20 May 2024


Deserted Village House

A deserted 2-storey village house is located in a remote former fishing village.
There is an electric sewing machine. It has been deserted for a while.
Furniture and personal items, including a huge paper fan, are scattered throughout.

Hong Kong | 2024
19 Apr 2024


Deserted Fire Station

Built in the 1970s, the 2-storey fire station is a beam and column concrete
structure with a vehicle maintenance bay in the ground floor garage. There
is an adjacent pier. An external stairs lead to the roof. It was closed
and deserted since 1998. Some dragon boat items are stored there.

Hong Kong | 2024
18 May 2024


Deserted Pawn Shop Being Demolished

Apparently, a 2-storey pawn shop has been closed in May 1987 and
deserted since. It, plus the whole block of buildings are being demolished.
A few safes and various office machines, including a copier and some TVs, are
found. Workers are on site for the demolition.

Hong Kong | 2024
17 May 2024


Sacha Yasumoto @ Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong

Sacha Yasumoto, one of the artists of Grey Wall Gallery, showcases her photography on
urban exploration (urbex) of abandoned sites in Hong Kong.

The 11th anniversary edition of the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) returns to Hong Kong from
16 to 19 May 2024, making art accessible to a broader audience. The exhibited artworks
range from $1,000 to $100,000, making it ideal for those on a budget or budding art collectors.

97 International galleries showcase works from local emerging artists.
There are special projects that pay homage to Hong Kong's history, people,
and culture, along with workshops and programmes, art education
tours, and more.

Venue: Hall 1D & E, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2023
16 May 2024


President Theatre Being Demolished

President Theatre in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong has shut down on 30 April, after
operating in the city for more than half a century. The announcement came
less than a week after GH Kai Tak under Golden Harvest went out of business.

The Theatre opened in October 1966. It is being demolished quickly and the
seats have been totally removed. Hong Kong’s cinema market 'remains stuck
far below pre-pandemic levels,' the Hong Kong Trade Development Council
(HKTDC) wrote in an industry report released in March.

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2024
15 May 2024


Fleet Arcade Being Demolished

Hong Kong's Fleet Arcade and Fenwick Pier is being demolished after serving
foreign navy ships and sailors for decades. It was closed on 11 February 2022.
Owned by the non-profit Servicemen's Guides Association (SGA), the city's
only American navy pier was built in 1970 on what was once the harbourfront
in the Wan Chai district. After 1 July 1997, the government asked the SGA
to serve all foreign military ships.

In 1994, Fleet Arcade, a shopping centre, was opened there, helping
foreign sailors with hospitality bookings, questions about Hong Kong
and other services. The building is now being demolished to make way
for a fire station.

Central . Hong Kong | 2024
14 May 2024


Deserted 19th Century Palace

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted palace.

Built in 1810, the 3-storey pink palace commands impressive views of the area.
It comprises a basement with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and pantry. The
first floor consists of a hall, 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen and 2 bathrooms.
The second and third floor comprise 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and an office.
This main building is connected to a secondary house.

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

Portugal | 2024
13 May 2024


Deserted 19th Century Manor

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted manor house.

Built in 1870s, the manor is located in a huge farm owned by a Count. The
2-storey house has a fountain in front. It has ornate ceilings and
beautiful Azulejos (Portuguese painted ceramic tiles) on the walls.
It has been deserted since the 1980s.

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

Portugal | 2024
12 May 2024


Deserted Luxury Hotel from 1950s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted luxury hotel.

Built in the 1956, the luxury complex consisted of a hotel, motel, thirteen villas,
restaurant, nightclub, tennis courts and artificial lakes on a site of 100 hectares.
It has the first Portuguese Olympic swimming pool. After the Carnation Revolution,
a military coup that overthrew the authoritarian government on 25 April 1974,
it was occupied by the revolutionary groups and its content looted.

In 1999, the owner died and it became deserted. It became a popular site for wargamers
and street artists who painted graffiti on practically all the walls.

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

Portugal | 2024
10 May 2024


Deserted Santorium from 1930s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted sanatorium.

Built in the 1930s, the 2-storey sanatorium was for treatment of tuberculosis.
It was located up in the hills with fresh air and splendid views. It has
been deserted since 2000 and the building is dilapidated.

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

Portugal | 2024
10 May 2024


Deserted Kindergarten

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted kindergarten.

The 3-storey kindergarten is a red brick building. The name of the school
is next to the main entrance. It appears to have been converted from a
mansion. There are beautiful wrought iron staircases that lead to
the upper floors. One of the rooms is painted in green colour.
There are cartoon characters on some walls.

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

Portugal | 2024
9 May 2024


Deserted Ceramics Factory from 19th Century

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted ceramics factory.

Built around the end of the 19th Century, the ceramics factory is located next to
a train station to facilitate transportation. It manufactured materials for civil
construction. The factory closed permanently in the 1980s and is currently
in a dilapidated condition.

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

Portugal | 2024
8 May 2024


Deserted Century-old Blue Chalet

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted chalet.

Built around the turn of the 20th Century, the gorgeous chalet sits atop a small
hill. The living room has beautiful frescoes and a large airy room on the upper
floor has white vaulted ceilings. Its ornate ceilings are ornamented with zodiac
symbols. It is a spectacular example of residential Gothic Revival architecture.

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

Portugal | 2024
7 May 2024


Deserted Chapel from 19th Century

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted chapel.

The chapel is a mountain sanctuary, whose origins date back to prehistoric
times. The current construction is from the 19th century. The roof has collapsed
partially. A large amount of graffiti is on the walls.

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

Portugal | 2024
6 May 2024


Sajina Dances for One Billion Rising

Sajina from Darjeeling, India joins hundreds on Chater Road in Central
dancing on the 11th Anniversary of One Billion Rising, a global movement
and the biggest mass action to end violence against women (cisgender,
transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-
based violence) in human history.

The campaign, which launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to
action based on the staggering statistics that 1 in 3 women on the planet
will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population
at 7 billion, this adds up to more than 1 billion women.

Central . Hong Kong | 2024
5 May 2024


Deserted Theatre from 1870s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted theatre.

The 4-storey theatre was built between 1877-1884 on the site of a ruined church.
In 1937, it was remodelled by the architect Amílcar da Silva Pinto in 'radical
modernism' style, with the facade dominated by the dynamic curve of the central
cylinder that imposed a new verticality to the space. Both outside and inside,
there is a clear influence of art deco, especially in lighting and decoration.

It was closed in 1999. On March 10, 2007 , the building was partially burned
down, with the interior decoration being irreparably lost. However, the
concrete structure and the facade remained.

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

Portugal | 2024
4 May 2024


Deserted Sanatorium from 1930s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted sanatorium.

Built in the 1930s, the 3-storey sanatorium was for treatment of tuberculosis
for children. It was located up in the hills with fresh air and splendid views.
It has been deserted since 2000 and the building is a sad state of disrepair.
Some of the wooden floors have collapsed.

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

Portugal | 2024
3 May 2024


Deserted Unfinished Water Park

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted water park.

Construction of the water park started in 2008. Later, some financial irregularities
were discovered causing construction to stop in 2014. Apparently 25 million
Euro had already been spent. The owners still seem to think it's going to be
finished one day, but it seems to be falling into disrepair.

It's a massive project, but the problem could be its location, which is far away
from anywhere that is popular for tourism. Who is going to visit this
enormous water park in the middle of the countryside?

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

Portugal | 2024
2 May 2024


Deserted Manor from 1870s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted manor house.

Built in 1870s, the manor is located in a huge farm owned by a Count. The
buildings are dilapidated but still have beautiful Azulejos (Portuguese
painted ceramic tiles) on the walls. It has been deserted since the 1980s.

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

Portugal | 2024
1 May 2024

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