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Peranakan Mansion in Melaka

Hotel Puri is an old renovated elegant Peranakan Mansion in the heart of the historical
old city of Melaka. It belongs to the decedents of an eminent philanthropist and rubber
plantation owner, Tan Kim Seng. Extending 100 metres long, it has a distinct and
intricately decorated façade.

Historical records reveal that Ming Dynasty's Admiral Cheng Ho (Zheng He) visited Melaka
(Malacca) at least five times during his famous seven voyages to the Middle East.
Peranakan are those of Chinese descent also known as Straits Chinese who inter-married
with locals in Southeast Asia.

Melaka · Malaysia | 2015
31 March 2015

Sai Ying Pun Station Opens

Bas-relief of neighbourhood street scenes at Sai Ying Pun MTR Station which opens
on 29 March 2015 to complete the West Island Line extension that ends at Kennedy
town. Behind the quirky second-hand stores, incense shops and traditional Tong
Lau (Chinese tenement houses) is an area brimming with trendy eateries.

Sai Ying Pun · Hong Kong | 2015
30 March 2015

Street Art by Rukkit

Artwork by Bangkok-based Thai graphic designer and street artist Rukkit graces
the back alley of Sheung Wan. He is one of the international graffiti artists
invited by 'HKWalls' to transform Sheung Wan’s walls and shutters.

The making of this artwork is documented at Rukkit's website.

Sheung Wan · Hong Kong | 2015
29 March 2015

Street Art by Jay Flow

Street art by Korean artist Jay Flow graces the back alley of Sheung Wan. Street
art festival 'HKwalls' once again enlists local and international graffiti
artists to transform Sheung Wan’s walls and shutters.

Sheung Wan · Hong Kong | 2015
28 March 2015

Street Art in Wanchai

Street art of fantasy characters in the back alley of Wanchai, one of the first
areas developed in Hong Kong. The locale is densely populated yet with
noticeable residential zones facing urban decay. Arousing considerable
public concern, government has undertaken several urban renewal
projects in recent years.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2015
27 March 2015

Street Art by Bo Law

Artwork by Bo Law, on the emergence of child labour in the 1970's when life
was hard, at the backstreet of Kwun Tong. However, it also reflects on the
'can-do' spirit and adaptability of Hong Kong people.

Kwun Tong · Hong Kong | 2015
26 March 2015

Street Art by 4Get

Artwork by 4Get, an artist who combines his experience from England and Hong Kong
to create a vibe and flow understood only by the city, graces the streets of
Kwun Tong with imaginative scene of vivid characters and symbols.

Kwun Tong · Hong Kong | 2015
25 March 2015

Fading Memories of Kwun Tong

This old and run-down building stands a stone's throw away, across Kwun Tong
Road, from the modern MTR (Mass Transit Railway) station and the edgy
shopping mall APM.

This part of old Kwun Tong, one of the oldest and poorest districts in Hong
Kong, is now undergoing a huge transformation in urban renewal. 24 buildings
built in the 60's will be torn down, destroying a cherished piece of the
city’s history and memory.

Kwun Tong · Hong Kong | 2015
24 March 2015

Kwun Tong Waterfront Promenade

An art installation that served as the landmark of Kwun Tong Waterfront Promenade
with a 200 metres boardwalk and open space opened in 2010. Every night the
lighting installed within flashesand changes colour along with music.

The Stage 2 project extends the waterfront promenade by 750 metres at the
former Kwun Tong Public Cargo Working Area, providing an additional 3.4
hectares of open space, due to open in mid-2015.

Kwun Tong · Hong Kong | 2015
23 March 2015

Backstreet Art in Kwun Tong

'Neighbourhood Shop Keeper' by Addison Karl, one of the many backstreet art
in Kwun Tong, at one time the heart of the booming age of industrialisation
in Hong Kong in the 50-60's. The manufacturing sector has been in decline
since the 80's when the factories were relocated to Pearl River Delta
in Southern China where the land and labour are much cheaper. Many
factories have been replaced by commercial buildings, godowns or
taken up by trading companies,artists, musicians, restaurants...

Kwun Tong · Hong Kong | 2015
22 March 2015

Hong Kong Flower Show

The Hong Kong Flower Show opens in Victoria Park exhibiting a rich profusion
of potted plants, floral arrangements and landscape displays by local,
Mainland Chinese and international participants, from 20 to 29 March.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2015
21 March 2015

'Twenty' by Xu Zhen

'TWENTY'– A solo exhibition of new paintings by Xu Zhen, is held at PMQ, where the
extravagant and monolithic installations create a spectacle; a sea of pastel
coloured forms reminiscent of confectionary delights, inspired by peoples'
notion of love when they are twenty year old.

SOHO · Hong Kong | 2015
20 March 2015

Thousands Flock to Art Basel

Art lovers, collectors, buyers and artists convene to enjoy impressive art such
as the 'Comfort Blanket' by Grayson Perry - a portrait of Britishness, in a fun
way, at Art Basel Hong Kong, March 14-17.

An international crowd from across Asia-Pacific and beyond flocked to galleries
showing at Art Basel, Art Central and many other art shows during Hong Kong's
Arts Month in March with multimillion-dollar sales across the board.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2015
19 March 2015

Kacey Wong's Art of Protest

Hong Kong visual artist Kacey Wong plays a participatory performing role in protests
since 2011, exploring the scope to bring radical change to society through art.
Wong led 'The Force' bringing warnings to the people of Hong Kong during the
July 1st March in 2014.

At AJC Gallery in Central, Kacey Wong is having a solo exhibition until Mar 28,
titled "Art of Protest: Resisting Against Absurdity", showing his collection
of works that appeared in public demonstration during the last four years.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2014
18 March 2015


A replica of the giant 14.4 metre long reclining Buddha inside Mogao Cave 148,
aka Nirvana Cave created during High Tang dynasty 705-781 AD, signifying the
Mahaparinirvana (the great complete nirvana), is part of the exhibition on
Dunhuang at the Heritage Museum in Hong Kong.

Dunhuang, Ganshu, China was a major stop on the ancient Silk Road and is best
known for the nearby Mogao Caves (Grottoes), aka Caves of the Thousand
Buddhas, with a system of 492 temples.

Shatin · Hong Kong | 2015
17 March 2015

Monumental 'Boat' Installation

Alex from Paris enjoying his passage through the 'Boat', a monumental 18-metre long,
7-metre high installation by Chinese abstract artist Zhu Jinshi. Constructed from
12,000 sheets of Xuan (rice) paper, hundreds of bamboo shafts, and suspended by
untold lengths of cotton thread, it is on display at The Rotunda, Exchange
Square in Central until March 31. Admissions free.

In my humble opinion, this is the most impressive art installation currently in
Hong Kong - head and shoulder above those at Art Basel and Art Central.

Central · Hong Kong | 2015
16 March 2015

Stanford Memorial Church

Stanford Memorial Church, Romanesque in form and Byzantine in its details, is located
on the Main Quad at Stanford University campus in California. Built in 1903 by Jane
Stanford as a memorial to her husband Leland, it is designed by architect Charles
Coolidge, and has been called "the University's architectural crown jewel".

Stanford · California · USA | 2015
15 March 2015

Bike Share in San Francisco

Bike Share in San Francisco was launched on 29 August 2013 with 350 bikes and 35 stations.
The US$9 daily pass provides unlimited 30 minutes free rides plus US$7 for each additional
30 minutes. US$22 for a three-day pass and US$88 for an annual pass. There is a total of
700 bikes and 70 stations in the Bay Area.

Bike sharing programs have numerous positive impacts for cities. They deliver all the
benefits of bicycling, such as reducing traffic congestion, improving public health
and air quality and generating new jobs.

San Francisco · California · USA | 2015
14 March 2015

Painted Ladies of San Francisco

'Painted Ladies' are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three
or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was
first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael
Larsen in their 1978 book 'Painted Ladies - San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians'.

About 48,000 houses in the Victorian and Edwardian styles were built in San
Francisco between 1849 and 1915. Tourists visiting the Painted Ladies at
Alamo Square should be careful with their belongings as breaking car
windows to snatch valuables is quite common.

San Francisco · California · USA | 2015
13 March 2015

Black Lives Matter

16 year-old Chris, a 10th grader at Mission High School in San Francisco, California,
stands defiantly in front of a banner reading 'Black Lives Matter' that hung over
the school hall.

The 'Black Lives Matter' movement began after George Zimmerman's acquittal for the
shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2013, and gained momentum after
the shooting of Michael Brown, the shooting of John Crawford III, and the death of
Eric Garner, all in 2014. Currently, there are 23 Black Lives Matter chapters in
the US, Canada, and Ghana.

San Francisco · California · USA | 2015
12 March 2015

Ana at Golden Gate Bridge

Ana Medina, born and raised in Costa Rica from Nicaraguan parents, visits Golden Gate
Bridge, the iconic symbol of San Francisco, California. It is a suspension bridge
spanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between
San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The bridge opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge
main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,300 m). Frommer's Travel Guide
considers it 'possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed,
bridge in the world.'

San Francisco · California · USA | 2015
11 March 2015

Funky Band

A funky band plays on the campus of University of New Mexico, the largest college
in the state with a vibrant student population of 28,500. It is the flagship
research institution with three Nobel laureates affiliated.

Albuquerque · New Mexico · USA | 2015
10 March 2015

Frolicking at White Sands

A young girl frolicking at White Sands National Monument in Southern New Mexico.
At an elevation of 4,235 feet (1,291 m) with a 275 square miles (710 sq km)
field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals, It is the largest
gypsum dune field in the world.

White Sands · New Mexico · USA | 2015
9 March 2015

San Felipe de Neri Church

San Felipe de Neri Church, on the Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is one
of the oldest surviving buildings in the city. Built in 1793, it was named Church
of San Francisco Xavier, after the Viceroy of New Spain. Afterwards, the Duke of
Albuquerque changed the name to San Felipe, after the King Philip of Spain.

Albuquerque · New Mexico · USA | 2015
8 March 2015

Sunset at Great Sand Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park features 55 miles of towering Sahara-like dunes,
set against the snow-capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ)
range in Southern Colorado.

Great Sand Dunes · Colorado · USA | 2015
7 March 2015

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church was built between 1772 and 1816. It is located
on Ranchos de Taos Plaza, about four miles southwest of Taos, New Mexico.

Famed for the curves and angles of its adobe walls, it has been immortalised by
Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings and Ansel Adams' photographs.

Taos · New Mexico · USA | 2015
6 March 2015

Tent Rocks National Monument

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, next to Cochiti - 40 miles southwest
of Santa Fe, New Mexico, was established as a US National Monument by President
Bill Clinton in January 2001. Kasha-Katuwe means "white cliffs" in the Pueblo
language Keresan.

Formed by layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by pyroclastic flow from an
explosion within the Jemez Volcanic Field that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago.
Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent
rocks, which are cones of soft pumice and tuff beneath harder caprocks, and
vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet.

Cochiti · New Mexico · USA | 2015
5 March 2015

St Francis Cathedral at Sunset

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, commonly known as St Francis
Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an
older adobe church, La Parroquia (built in 1714–1717), it houses the oldest
Madonna statue in North America in a small chapel inside.

Santa Fe · New Mexico · USA | 2015
4 March 2015

Sprinter of Vancouver

A 9-foot bronze statue of Canadian Olympian sprinter Harry Jerome garces the sea wall
of Stanley Park in Vancouver, where he lived since age 12. Across the bay is Canada
Place, with its exterior covered by fabric roofs resembling sails, the main cruise
ship terminal.

Vancouver · British Columbia · Canada | 2015
3 March 2015

Granville Island Marina

Maritime Market and Marina is located on Granville Island, in the heart of Vancouver.
Granville Island, located under the giant iron arches of Granville Bridge, is an
eclectic mix of artist and artisan shops, the famous Public Market, and a host of
restaurants and bars, usually very crowded on weekends.

Vancouver · British Columbia · Canada | 2015
2 March 2015

White Rock City

White Rock City, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is famous for
its pier that stretches 457 m (1,500 ft) into the shallow, warm waters of
Semiahmoo Bay. White Rock is also easily identified by the large white rock
that sits on the 8 km (5 mi) sandy beach, a glacial deposit left behind when
the glaciers receded thousands of years ago.

White Rock · British Columbia · Canada | 2015
1 March 2015

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