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Taoist Priests Bless Tai Ping Ching Chiu at Wang Chau

The 6 villages of Wang Chau, Yuen Long, are jointly holding a Tai Ping Ching Chiu, an
extravagant spiritual purification festival, on January 25-28, 2021. More than 10 Chinese
traditional flower billboards were erected inside and outside the villages as Taoist priests
set up altars to chant and pray for the villagers.

The last Tai Ping Ching Chiu at Wang Chau was held in 2012 and it is held once every 8 years.
The main purpose is to pray for blessings and avoid disasters, to benefit the Yin and Yang, to pray
to the gods, and to transcend the underworld. Among them, the grand ceremonies are to
make offerings to and later burn the Ghost King.

Owing to the pandemic, the celebration this year was low-key with a smaller crowd.
The Chinese opera was replaced by puppet shows.

The 6 villages of Wang Chau include Tung Tau Wai (Walled Village), Chung Sum Wai,
Lam Uk Tsuen (Village), Yeung Uk Tsuen, Fook Hing Tsuen and Sai Tau Wai.

Yuen Long . Hong Kong | 2021
26 Jan 2021


Exploring Village-Centre Abandoned House

An avid urban explorer ventures into an abandoned house right at the centre of the village.
Family photos, furniture, personal items plus an altar with joss sticks and candles are left
inside the house, which is very dark except for light streaming from a hole in the roof.

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 2021


Darrin Usher Runs Stylish GOAT Babershop

Darrin Usher from Perth, Australia, runs GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) Barbershop at Lee Tung
Avenue in Wanchai. The barbershop embodies the culture of traditional barbering with
modern men's grooming. They create style for those seeking success in life and in business.

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2021
24 Jan 2021


Elegant Western-style Mansion at Mid-Levels

The building at No. 4 Wang Fung Terrace, Tai Hang Mid-Levels, is an elegant
Western-style mansion with character. It has stylish curved sweeping balconies.
It was completed in the 1930s and occupation started in 1945. There are
3 storeys with a unit each, ranging from 2,324 sq ft to 3,010 sq ft.
In 2010, it was listed as a Grade III historical building.

Tai Hang . Hong Kong | 2021
23 Jan 2021


Desert Tortoises at Kam Tin Farm

Desert Tortoises found at a farm in Kam Tin, Yuen Long. Desert tortoise is a species of
tortoise native to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of the southwestern United States
and northwestern Mexico and the Sinaloan thornscrub of northwestern Mexico.

Yuen Long . Hong Kong | 2021
22 Jan 2021


Exploring Abandoned Nearly-Century-old Ancient Temple

An urban explorer probes a deserted 2-storey high temple with an elegant arched terrace
and cylindrical pillars 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 temple including
this deserted edifice, 3 abandoned illegally operated columbaria, and the main temple
hall built in 1934. Before the war, the temple was famous in Hong Kong.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
21 Jan 2021


Ping Yeung Mural Village - Defending Homes in Northeast New Territories

Rainbow Village in Taichung and Ihwa in Seoul both have mural villages that attract visitors.
In 2014, Ping Yang Village in Fanling worked with international volunteer organisation
Voltra and invited volunteers from various countries for art workcamps. Murals were
painted on the walls and paths to bring a creative and colourful mural village to Hong Kong.

The murals are designed in diverse styles. Large murals can be seen on many village houses
and walls. Small pictures were painted on footpaths, including cute Minions and Japanese
manga character Totoro. The trees were decorated with mobile art installations using
aluminum cans, attracting many visitors to take pictures.

The origin of the mural village is the 'Northeast New Territories Development Plan' proposed by
the government a few years ago. Faced with village demolition and forced eviction, the
villagers formed 'Ta Kwu Ling/Ping Che Homeland Defense Alliance', hoping to attract public
attention to their plight through creative art. Ping Yeung Mural Village stood out in this endeavour.

Transportation: From Exit C of Fanling Railway Station, take 52K green minibus or 79K bus
to Kau Kee Store stop and walk along the trail next to the store for about 5 minutes.

Fanling . Hong Kong | 2021
20 Jan 2021


Dinah Savours Lih Wing Tong Study Hall from Qing Dynasty

New Yorker Dinah, who loves cultural heritage/conservation and photography, savours the
historical Lih Wing Tong Study Hall in Kam Tin. Located at 85 Shui Tau Village, it is also
known as the Big Study Hall, and was built by the descendants of Tang Li-yuen, head of
the Tang clan in Kam Tin, before 1835 (the 15th year of Emperor Tao Kwong in the Qing
Dynasty). It was a private school for the children of the village.

The study hall oozes history with special character. With the establishment of new schools
in Kam Tin District, teaching ceased in the 1950s. Owing to a long period of disrepair, the
government invested more than $2 million for its restoration, which was completed in 2004.
It was then listed as a Grade II historical building and open to the public.

Yuen Long . Hong Kong | 2021
19 Jan 2021


Pink Passage at Wanchai Ferry Pier

Wanchai Ferry Pier has recently launched the "Pink Passage" and various pink-themed
installations. The 5.5-km-long waterfront promenade has connected Wan Chai to Shek
Tong Tsui in Western District. The ultimate goal is to give Victoria Harbour
a continuous waterfront promenade.

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2021
18 Jan 2021


Exploring Abandoned Village School

An urban explorer, ventures into an abandoned village school. The 1- and 2-storey school
building includes classrooms and offices with a piano in the music room. It has been abandoned
for over 20 years with a lot of graffiti. Fallen trees and leaves fill the compound.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
17 Jan 2021


Kirin Dance to Celebrate Shan Ha Tsuen Tai Ping Ching Chiu

Kirin dance performance at the Tai Ping Ching Chiu, an extravagant spiritual purification
festival, by the Cheung clan in Shan Ha Tsuen, Yuen Long, held from January 13-17, 2021.

Kirin is a mythical creature with the characteristics of dragons, horses and reindeer. In Chinese
culture, kirin is deemed a revered animal, along with dragon, phoenix and turtle which
symbolise peace, auspiciousness and longevity respectively. Kirin dance is less common than
lion dance and only practised in Hakka culture.

Tai Ping Ching Chiu at Shan Ha Tsuen is held once every decade. The main purpose is
to pray for blessings and avoid disasters, to benefit the Yin and Yang, to pray to the gods,
and to transcend the underworld.

Yuen Long . Hong Kong | 2021
16 Jan 2021


Taoist Priests Bless Tai Ping Ching Chiu at Shan Ha Tsuen

The Cheung clan in Shan Ha Tsuen (village), Yuen Long, held a Tai Ping Ching Chiu, an
extravagant spiritual purification festival, from January 13-17, 2021. More than 10
Chinese traditional flower billboards were erected inside and outside the village
as Taoist priests set up altars to chant and pray for the villagers.

The last Tai Ping Ching Chiu at Shan Ha Tsuen was held in 2011 and it is held once every
decade. The main purpose is to pray for blessings and avoid disasters, to benefit the
Yin and Yang, to pray to the gods, and to transcend the underworld. Among them,
the grand ceremonies are to make offerings to and later burn the Ghost King.

This year, due to the pandemic, the crowd was smaller, unlike the past. The Chinese opera
was replaced by puppet shows, and the celebration was low-key.

Yuen Long . Hong Kong | 2021
15 Jan 2021


Honey Bees Busy Foraging

Honey bees are busy foraging for pollen as cosmos flowers ¹¹are blooming in Kam Tin.

Kam Tin . Hong Kong | 2021
14 Jan 2021


'The Nature of Water' Photobook Documents Hong Kong's Anti-Extradition Law Protests

This photographer is honoured to have 4 of his work featured in 'The Nature of Water'
photobook, which captures intense and intimate photojournalism from Hong Kong's
Anti-Extradition Law Protests of 2019/2020.

Over 300 photos by 51 photographers/photojournalists on site.

Nearly 90% sold out. Order your copy here before it sells out soon.

Photo: 'War Zone at Admiralty on 12 Jun 2019' by P H Yang

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
13 Jan 2021


Lai Chi Wo Hakka Village Won UN Sustainable Development Award

Lai Chi Wo is one of the best-preserved traditional Hakka villages in Hong Kong. It was built before
1670 and has a long history of farming. Some village houses are abandoned, but the restored Hip Tin
Temple, Hok Shan Temple and village walls have re-instated some characteristics and vitality of the past.

Lai Chi Wo is named after its rich lychee harvest. In the 16th century, the Wong and Cheng clan
had settled here, and it is a rare 2-clan village in Hong Kong. The village retains the traditional
layout of 9 horizontal alleys and 3 vertical alleys. There is a feng shui wall at the front entrance,
and a feng shui forest is planted behind the village to surround the village in a half-moon shape.

The innovative revitalisation of the Lai Cho Wo rural cultural landscape was awarded the newly
introduced Special Recognition for Sustainable Development by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific
Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2020.

Sha Tau Kok . Hong Kong | 2021
12 Jan 2021


Yu-Ching Savours Snowy Wonderland

7 year-old Wong Yu Ching and other children are fascinated by and frolicking
in their first snow experience at Snowy Wonderland.

From January 7 to 13, snow is generated by snowflake machines at the Lee Tung
Avenue Butterflies of Hope art installation featuring over 350 glass butterflies
with a 7-metre-tall centerpiece, plus a 12-metre Christmas tree. Snow time:
5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm for 15 minutes each.
Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2021
11 Jan 2021


Exploring Abandoned Wine Factory

An urban explorer ventures into an abandoned wine and vinegar factory. The factory is
a 2-storey building, and is the oldest rice winery in Hong Kong. The factory's cluttered
workshop filled with dilapidated brewery pottery radiates a dark and terrifying atmosphere,
which was once used as a shooting location for disaster and thriller movies.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
10 Jan 2021


Historical So Lau Yuen

So Lau Yuen, also known as Chi Ka Tong, is located in Kam Tin and was built by
Tang Kuen-hin in the 20th year of Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1755) to provide
schooling for the children of the clan. It is a Grade III historical building.

The entire spatial layout of the So Lau Yuen is quite interesting, consisting of a
gate tower, a front yard, a main building, and a kitchen. The main building has 2
blocks with a courtyard. A plaque with "Father and Son Ascended Officialdom"
carved is hung in the hall to commemorate Tang Ming-ying and Tang Ting-chu,
who became martial officials successively.

Kam Tin . Hong Kong | 2021
9 Jan 2021


Sunset at Tsing-Ma Bridge

Sundown at Tsing-Ma Bridge, which connects Lantau Island with Hong Kong and is the
longest suspension bridge in the world for rail and road traffic.

Tsing Yi . Hong Kong | 2021
8 Jan 2021


Pink Cosmos Flower Field at Kam Tin

There is a small patch of pink cosmos flower blooming at the Kam Tin Country Club. The field is
not too large, but as long as you work hard to get the right angle, you can still take pictures of
the beautiful sea of flowers. The best viewing period is before mid-January 2021. Admission
is free, and there are also strawberry fields and corn fields.

Transportion: From Exit C of West Rail Kam Sheung Road Station, or diagonally across
from Yuen Long Transportation Plaza, transfer to Green Minibus No. 601 (Special Line)
to the entrance of Kam Tin Country Club.

Kam Tin . Hong Kong | 2021
7 Jan 2021


Chie Discovers Abandoned Western-style Villa

Fashionista Chie, an avid urban explorer, ventures into a 2-storey Western-style villa. It was
completed in 1966, with a swimming pool in the garden at the back, occupying 40,000 sq ft.
The villa has been abandoned for many years. The interior is dilapidated, with trees
and vines grow outside the house. It became a playground for graffiti artists.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
6 Jan 2021


Body Fest 2020 - A Body-Autonomy Exhibition

'Our Models' project, showcases 90 works of 20 painters, including the text of interviews
sharing the various experiences of 13 models about themselves. It is about self-exploration,
self-confidence building from body to mind, trying to break through disgust and anxiety
of oneself, embracing multiple gender identities, etc.

Participating Models:
Ah Lok @nodefchilok / Ah Yee / Albert @albert_siuming / Carol / Chris @chrisyau20022002 /
Denise / Haruyuki @arita.haruyuki2039 / Kathy / Lesshunter @lesshunter.tattoo / Nujande
@nujande / Serene @serene.gaiajourney / Siu Fung @siufung_law / Wah Lee

Participating Painters:
Affa Chan @affa / Ah Min @ah_min_ / Ans C. @ans_04 / Cha Cha Chan
@cha.cha.painting / Chan Kung Chun @kungchun_art / Carmen Wong @outofthe_blues /
Evelyn T.H.LAM @eva0_t.h.lam / Fung Kin Fan @fungkinfan / Harvey Chan @harveychanart /
Joshua Foo @foohaus / Lokit @ovid.ink / Lange Wong @langewong / Ma Yiuleung / Maggie
Wonghoyee maggiewonghoyee / Mark Law @marklawstillhere / Po Ming / Simon Kwan
@sk2art / Vedis Chan @vedis_c / Wai Wai @waiwai.sketches / Xeda Or @xedaor

'Our Models' Exhibition
10 Dec 2020 to 6 Jan 2021 12.30pm-9pm
10/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
Curated by Siu Ding
Private exhibition, Free admission, Donation welcome
Register at: https://forms.gle/tnyZTfeGx3wkxpsL6

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2021
5 Jan 2021


Tai Ping Ching Chiu - Once Every Decade at Fanling Wai

The Pang clan at Fanling Wai (walled village) held a Tai Ping Ching Chiu, an extravagant spiritual
purification festival, from December 28, 2020 to January 2, 2021. More than 10 Chinese
traditional flower billboards were erected inside and outside the village.

The last Tai Ping Ching Chiu at Fanling Wai was held in 2010 and it is held every 10 years. The main
purpose is to pray for blessings and avoid disasters, to benefit the Yin and Yang, to pray to the
gods, and to transcend the underworld. Among them, the grand ceremonies are to make
offerings to and later burn the Ghost King.

This year, due to the pandemic, the crowd was less, unlike the past. The Chinese opera and the
villagers' 'pun choi' (feasting food in a basin) banquet were canceled, but the celebrations
were still very well attended.

Fanling . Hong Kong | 2021
4 Jan 2021


Sunset at Western

Sunset at Lung Fu Shan (Dragon and Tiger Mountain) at Western District.

Western . Hong Kong | 2021
3 Jan 2021


Pauline Savours Silver Reed at Sam A Tsuen

Pauline, who loves hiking, photography and urban exploration, savours the silver
reed field at Sam A Tsuen (Village). The village is located between Lai Chi Wo
and Sam A Wan in the northeastern New Territories. It is surrounded by mangroves
and sometimes covered with silver reed. There is a cafe serving delicioud Hakka
cuisine in the village, which is very popular among hikers.

The nearby Sam A Wan (Bay), in the Yan Chau Tong (Double Haven) Marine Park, is
surrounded by mountains with calm and clear water, offering gorgeous scenery.

Sha Tau Kok . Hong Kong | 2021
2 Jan 2021


Picturesque Yan Chau Tong Marine Park

The picturesque, secluded and serene Double Haven (Yan Chau Tong) rests on the
northeastern shore of Plover Cove Country Park. To conserve the wildlife and natural
features of this lovely area, Double Haven was designated a marine park in 1996.

Double Haven is an idyllic arcadia embraced by uplands. It owes its celestial tranquil
setting to the surrounding hills. Well shielded on four sides from the open sea, it is
relatively unaffected by the southeast summer monsoon and northwest winter monsoon.
The air is a little dryer than other parts of Hong Kong and there is seldom heavy
rain. That unique serene mood is simply unimaginable in bustling Hong Kong.

Sha Tau Kok . Hong Kong | 2021
1 Jan 2021

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