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Exploring Deserted Luxury Club House

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted luxury club house.

Completed in 1979, the club house served the 200 units of a luxury resort. It included games
arcade, pool tables, projection TV, a library, restaurant areas, lounges, kitchens, sauna and
what was once the largest private pool in Hong Kong. Evidence of a fire is seen in part of the
building. Massive debt and years of legal wrangling led to the closure of its club house in the 1990s.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
31 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Hakka Mansion from 1930s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted Hakka mansion.

Built in the 1930s, the 2-storey Hakka mansion has a central courtyard with a pond. Apparently,
it has been deserted since 1989. Furniture and personal items, including a sewing
machine, are scattered throughout.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
30 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Quarters

An avid urban explorer ventures into deserted quarters.

The 4-storey building served as staff quarters. It has been deserted for a while. Furniture
and items are scattered throughout.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
29 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Village House

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted village house.

The single-storey house has a large living room, 2 bedrooms and a kitchen. There are
chic woman clothings in the wardrobe. Apparently, it has been deserted since 2000.
Furniture and personal items, with lots of porn VCDs, are scattered throughout.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
28 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Tong Lau from 1950's

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted Tong Lau.

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 deserted for a while. Some of the units are empty but most have a large number of
personal items and furniture scattered throughout.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
16 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Seaview Villa

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted luxury villa.

Constructed in 1966, the 3-storey villa is located on the beachfront and enjoys expansive seaview. There is an outdoor swimming pool in front and balconies on the first and second floor.
It has been deserted for a while and most of the furniture and personal items has been cleared.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
26 Jul 2022


Puff

An old man enjoying his cigarette on the busy streets of Shamshuipo in Hong Kong.

Shamshuipo. Hong Kong | 2022
25 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Nunnery

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted nunnery.

The 3-storey nunnery was built with unique octagonal windows. There are balconies on the
first and second floors. A shrine is located at first floor. Apparently, it has been deserted
since 2011. Furniture and personal items are 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 | 2022
24 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Luxury Mansion in Upscale District

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted luxury mansion in an upscale district in Hong Kong.

The 3-storey mansion was completed in 1955. Access to the first floor is via a gorgeous
and ornate staircase. There are many exquisitely designed mirrors throughout the building.
An indoor swimming pool, a spa and a bar are located on the ground floor. Furniture
and personal items has been mostly cleared.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
23 July 2022


Exploring Deserted Nunnery

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted nunnery.

The 2-storey nunnery is one of the 3 buildings in the compound. The stairs leading to the first
floor, where a shrine is located, is nearly collapsed. Apparently, it has been deserted since 2000.
Furniture and personal items are mostly cleared.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
22 Jul 2022


Photojournalist Liu Heung Shing Shares his Views on the World

Pulitzer Prize winner and documentary photographer Liu Heung Shing used his iconic works
to capture two extremely important historical moments in the 20th century: the rise of China
through the upheaval of its economic reforms and the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

Liu shares his views of the world with his initmate knowledge while working on site at one
of the seminars at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2022. From China to Russia, he views daily
life as the touchstone of the times, and uses photography to show the ideology influence
that fell upon the common people and social outlook.

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2022
21 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted European Villa

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted European Villa.

Built in 1927 in Classical Revival architecture with symmetrical plan. An imposing
entrance gives access to a large central reception hall with rooms on either
side in the Palladian style. The side rooms extend to the rear as wings to
form a three-sided courtyard.

A staircase gives access to the upper floor. A classical red-brick facade featuring
white painted columns, balustrades, and window surrounds, is a style popular in
Edwardian times. A segmental pediment surrounds the projecting central bay
over the entrance porch, and a domed cupola is situated on the flat roof
behind the pediment. The first floor has shuttered windows. A European-
style fountain stands in front.

The mansion was owned by a rich Choi family. After the death of the owner in
1944, the family members moved away and the house was deserted, falling into
disrepair. It is said that 7 people were drowned there and it is haunted. Rumour
has it that during the night, people heard women screaming and crying.

It was rated as a Grade I historic building in 2007 and then Grade II in 2010.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
20 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Elegant Hakka Mansion

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted Hakka mansion.

Built in 1932, the elegant traditional Hakka mansion, has been long deserted, hidden
behind bushes. It is typical of the Hakka 'two-halls two-horizontal' residential
building in Mei County, Guangdong. It is the only single residential building
in Hong Kong listed as a Grade I historical building.

The exquisite lion carvings on both sides of the gate beam have been removed.
The half-moon-shaped fengshui pond in front of the house has been overrun by
reeds and bushes, and the eaves are in disrepair and dilapidated.

The mansion has 16 rooms, 2 halls and 2 inner courtyards. The hall is the central
axis of the house, with bedrooms and kitchens on either side. The courtyards have
a pond each, and the wooden doors of the rooms are exquisitely carved. Both
design and colour are tasteful. Most of the furnitures are gone.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
19 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Century-old Pawn Shop

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted pawn shop.

Established in mid to late 18th Century, the 2-storey pawn shop moved to the current site in 1910.
The exterior was built with green bricks, featuring a wooden sliding door at the front entrance,
and a strong and waterproof foundation constructed with three layers of granite, reflecting
the wealth of the building owner.

Next to the pawn house is a 2-storey high security storage warehouse built with firearm embrasures.
Inside, there was a large metal safe and some wooden shelves for storing pawned items. It appears
to have been deserted since 1977. It is rated a Grade I historic building.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
18 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Senior Home

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted senior home.

The private senior home for elderlies over 65 years old is not government-assisted. It can
accommodate up to 60 seniors in partitioned cubicles. It has been deserted for a while.
Personal belongings and furniture are 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 | 2022
17 Jan 2022


Exploring Deserted Chic Tong Lau in 1950's

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted chicly-designed Tong Lau.

The building was completed in 1959. It has 7 storeys of 4 units each with a nett area of 441-602 sq ft.
It has deserted for a while. Some of the units are empty but most have a large number of
personal items and furniture scattered throughout.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
16 Jul 2022


Neon-coloured Washroom of Phenomenon Restaurant

The gorgeous neon-coloured washroom of Phenomenon Wine Dine restaurant in Tsimshatsui.

The stylishly-designed sea-view restaurant is located at The ONE in Tsimshatsui with floor-to-ceiling
glass to enjoy a 270-degree view of the Victoria Harbour. It offers fusion Western food, fine dining.

Hong Kong | 2022
15 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Theatre from 1970s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted theatre.

The theatre opened in 1979 as a cinema and has over 1,000 seats. It is divided into front, back
and special stalls and has the scale of a traditional cinema. After it was closed, the venue was
converted into a large-scale theatre from 2005 to 2008, which mainly provided entertainment
performances for tourist groups. It has been abandoned since 2008 with articles in the theatre
were scattered. The background setting on the main stage is quite ornate. There are some graffiti.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
14 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Century-old Mansion

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted mansion.

Built in 1920, the 2-storey high mansion is made of reinforced concrete and granite. The front
porch is decorated with classical columns. The roof has a triangular eaves wall where the name
Of the mansion is engraved.

During the Japanese Occupation (1941-1945), it was occupied by the Japanese army and
was still rented out after the war. It became deserted in the 1970s and was rated as
a Grade III historic building in 2010.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
14 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Century-old Underground Reservoir

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted underground reservoir.

Completed in 1894, the Romanesque underground reservoir has a capacity of 182,600
gallons. Built before the Bishop Hill Underground Reservoir, it has a similar design
but with red brick pillars and arches. It became deserted in 1934 after a newer
reservoir with a larger capacity was commissioned.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
12 Jul 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 and the first floor walls.
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
11 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Primary School from 1940s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted primary school.

The school was founded in 1946 as a village school and renamed in 1957. It consists of
3 buildings, one of them of 2-storeys. The library, including a Yamaha piano, is on the
first floor, overlooking a basketball court. It has over 500 students during its hey days.
A few goats roam around the campus and some rooms are covered with their poo. It has
deserted since 2005 due to insufficient enrolment.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
10 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Primary School from 1950s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted primary school.

The school was founded in 1887 and moved to this site in 1957. It consists of 2 single
storey buildings and includes a basketball court which is rare for primary
schools in the area.

It has 12 classrooms, 2 computer rooms, a music room, a visual art room and a
library. It was deserted since 2006 when a new campus was built next door. All of the
rooms have been cleared of furniture. Graffiti abound on the walls inside and outside.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
9 Jul 2022


Exploring Deserted Tong Lau in 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 14 units each with a nett area of 441-650
sq ft. It has deserted for a while. Some of the units are empty but most have a large number of
personal items, including one with a large sculpture of a dog, and furniture scattered throughout.

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

Hong Kong | 2021
8 Jul 2022


Back to Nature

An avid urban explorer ventures into a manure pit, which is entangled by roots, in an
abandoned dairy farm .

At its peak the dairy farm had around 50 cowsheds on 300 acres of farmlands. The farm
closed in the 1970s and many parts of it became the housing estates but there are
still decaying cattle sheds, piggeries, manure pits, paddocks and stream
crossings on the peripheries.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
7 Jul 2022


Excavators Galore

Komatsu large excavators aplenty, at its Hong Kong distributor - Gum Chun Machinery -
in Pat Heung, New Territories. The yellow-coloured machines from Japan have good
price-performance ratio.

Hope the excavators are used more for construction than demolition of fast
vanishing heritage buildings in Hong Kong.

Pat Heung . Hong Kong | 2022
6 Jul 2022


Panties & Books Are Equally Essential

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted housing estate.

The 13 blocks of housing estate was completed between 1962 and 1978 in 3 phases. The estate
is being redeveloped and all the units in a few blocks have been deserted. Furniture and personal
items, including books, panties, sofas, etc are scattered throughout.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
5 July 2022


Exploring Luxury Mansion in Upscale District

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted luxury mansion in an upscale district in Hong Kong.

Perched on the hill, the mansion has a nett area of 2,497 sq ft in an extensive plot. The duplex
was completed in 1963 with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (1 ensuite), a balcony, a terrace, an extensive
garden and a carpark.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
4 July 2022


Pikachu & Friends Abandoned

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted Tong Lau.

Pikachu and friends, though quite new, are abandoned, apparently shunned by the locals.

The Tong Lau was completed in 1958. The block of 4 buildings has 5 storeys each with 1 unit
per floor of 600 sq ft. It has been deserted for a while. Furniture and personal
items are left scattered most units.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
3 Jul 2022


Pooh Bear & Entourage Abandoned

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted kindergarten.

Winnie the Pooh and entourage are abandoned, apparently rejected by the locals.

The non-profit kindergarten was founded in 1945. This school building, located a high-end residential
area at Mid-Levels, began operation in 1975. The building has 3 storeys. Facilities include outdoor
playgrounds, indoor playgrounds, music room, and other specialty rooms, including activity room,
language room, and a hall. The school was relocated in 2012 and this building was deserted
until now, with graffiti everywhere.

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

Hong Kong | 2022
2 Jul 2022


No Light at the End of Tunnel

An avid urban explorer ventures into an underground tunnel.

It is almost like a journey into the centre of the Earth. The spiral staircase seems to
continue forever. This may be a new way to leave Hong Kong? Alas, there is no light at
the end of the tunnel.

A reflection on the current situation in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong has seen a mass exodus due to emigration following the anti-extradition bill
protests in 2019 and the implementation of the sweeping National Security Law in June 2020.

Hong Kong lost 96,000 residents in 2020, followed by another 27,000 in 2021. Over 140,000
left just the first quarter of 2022. Total 263,000 outflow in the last 2 years and 3 months.
60-70% of them are professionals.

Hong Kong | 2022
1 Jul 2022

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