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Evangelical Church

The Evangelical Church (Romanian: Biserica Evanghelica) is a
Gothic church on Plaza Huet in Sibiu, Romania, a beautifully
restored Saxon town with cobbled streets and Baroque squares.
In 2007, Sibiu was the first Romanian city to be named a
Capital of Culture of the European Union.

Sibiu · Romania | 2017
31 May 2017

Clock Tower of Sighisora

The Clock Tower of Sighisoara is the main entry point to the citadel.
The 64 meters tower is visible from almost every corner of the city,
and served as the town hall until 1556. It's considered one of the
most expressive clock tower in the whole Transylvania.

The UNESCO-protected citadel was reputedly the birthplace of
Vlad Tepes (aka Dracula).

Sighisora · Romania | 2017
30 May 2017

Dracula's Castle

Bran Castle (commonly known as Dracula's Castle), situated
near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Brasov, Transylvania,
is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The spectacular
60m-tall castle was built by the Saxons around 1380.

Bran · Romania | 2017
29 May 2017

Brasov Council Square

The Brasov Council Square (Piata Sfatului in Romanian) has held
annual markets since 1364, being visited by merchants from the
country and abroad. The colourful houses surrounding the square
speak of a rich history. The Council House, built in 1420, is
in the middle of the square.

After heavy rain, the wet ground provides a good reflection.

Brasov · Romania | 2017
28 May 2017

Stavropoleos Church

Stavropoleos Church (Romanian: Biserica Stavropoleos) is an Eastern
Orthodox monastery for nuns in central Bucharest, Romania. The tiny
church, built in Brancovenesc style with an ornate wooden interior,
will make a lasting impression.

Bucharest · Romania | 2017
27 May 2017

Varna Beach on Black Sea

Varna is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian
Black Sea Coast. The city features 20 km of sand beaches and
abounds in thermal mineral water sources.

Shockingly, the beach is patrolled by 60-70 year-old lifeguards,
some of whom have difficulty standing up.

Varna · Bulgaria | 2017
26 May 2017

Evocative Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo is the evocative capital of the medieval
Bulgarian Tsars, with the green domes of the Nativity
of Virgin Mary Cathedral dominating the skyline.

Veliko Tarnovo · Bulgaria | 2017
25 May 2017

Aleksander Nevski Cathedral

The St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral
in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Built in Neo-Byzantine style, it
was constructed between 1882 and 1912, occuping an area of 3,170
square metres (34,100 sq ft) and can hold 10,000 people inside.

Sofia · Bulgaria | 2017
24 May 2017

Visual Disobedience

'Visual Disobedience', by American street artist Shepard Fairey,
pays homage to the massive civil disobedience of the Umbrella
Movement in Hong Kong in 2014. His career focuses on the theme
of power and responsibility, featuring acclaimed works that
have effected social change.

Fairey is perhaps most famous for his iconic 'Obey Giant' series/
clothing line and 'Hope' poster for Barack Obama’s 2008
presidential campaign.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
23 May 2017

Soy Sauce Ferment Vats

Rows of ceramic vats for soy sauce fermentation at Kwong Tak Lung,
one of the traditional soy sauce factories similar to Lee Kum Kee
in Kwu Tung North, Sheung Shui. The factory is run by 96-year-old
Uncle Pong as a family business since 1946 and moved here in 1960s.

Kwu Tung North is one of three new development areas planned for
North District. All the soy sauce factories and wood mills will
be demolished. Villagers are protesting for lack of consultation
with inadequate resettlement and compensation.

Kwu Tung · Hong Kong | 2017
22 May 2017

Julia Engrossed at TEDx WanChai: ART

German photographer Julia Keil from Munich loves art and is
thoroughly engrossed at 'TEDx WanChai Salon: ART - Who Cares?',
part of the Affordable Art Fair at the Hong Kong Convention
and Exhibition Centre on Saturday.

The Salon explores the various shapes and forms in which art
exists all around us, why it matters, and why we should all care.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2017
21 May 2017

Patricia at Affordable Art Fair

Patricia Willis, an artist from Bueno Aires, Argentina, showcases
her paintinngs at Affordable Art Fair. Her work centres on
the human being and especially the feminine world: consumerism,
fashion as well as strengths and weaknesses of the gender.

The Art Fair showcases a diverse range of contemporary paintings,
original prints, photographs and sculptures from over 110 local
and overseas galleries. All art are priced between HK$1,000 and
HK$100,000, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,
through 21 May.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2017
20 May 2017

Camilla Kicks-off Affordable Art Fair

Camilla Hewitson, Regional Managing Director - Asia, kicks off
VIP Preview at Affordable Art Fair on Thursday. It caters to
all the art lovers in the city (from burgeoning collectors to
art newbies). It showcases a diverse range of contemporary
paintings, original prints, photographs and sculptures from
over 110 local and overseas galleries.

All art are priced between HK$1,000 and HK$100,000, at the
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, through 21 May.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2017
19 May 2017

Hong Kong Club

The Hong Kong Club is the first gentlemen's club in the heart
of Central, Hong Kong. Opened on 26 May 1846, its members are
among the most influential people, including senior government
officials, senior businessmen and professionals.

It was often referred to simply as 'The Club' and the seat of
real power in the territory. This second incarnation of the
building, one of the last examples of renaissance architecture
remaining in Hong Kong, was opened in 30 May 1984.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
18 May 2017

CY Leung Accused of Collusion with Pro-Beijing Legislator

Legislator Claudia Mo and ex-legislator Gary Fan accused Chief
Executive CY Leung of secretly colluding with a pro-Beijing
lawmaker Holden chow to revise the scope of a Legislative
Council investigation over the controversial payment he
received from Australian firm UGL, and reported them to
ICAC, the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Leung admits that he personally made over 40 edits to a document
on a select committee investigation into Australian firm UGL’s
HK$50 million payment to Leung, which was submitted by Pro-Beijing
DAB party lawmaker Chow to the Legislative Council’s secretariat.

North Point · Hong Kong | 2017
17 May 2017

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds, a sculpture by Beijing-based artist Ren Zhe,
at Open Plaza of Exchange Square, stands for the sublimation
of water and transcending ascension in a clashing duality
between the coldness of steel and the dynamism of water,
symbolising the sea of consciousness for self-enhancement.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
16 May 2017

Aqua Luna II

The Aqua Luna II, which features auspicious, Ming Dynasty-inspired
white and blue dragons on its sails, will likely be the last Chinese
junk boat ever made. The construction was overseen by 86-year-old
Sifu (Master) Au, it is made entirely of wood and bamboo, with each
piece fitted together so perfectly without metal nails.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
15 May 2017

'East Meets West' by Ron English

A supersized Ronald McDonald stands at 'East Meets West', a solo
exhibition by the 'Godfather of Street Art', Ron English, who is
best known for his brazen style, fusing street art with pop
surrealism. At The Qube, PMQ, through 14 May.

English’s giant Ronald McDonald and Statue of Liberty figures
were removed within hours of going up in Shanghai on 10 May,
despite having the correct licences to stage the exhibition.

An unexplained scrapping of Guggenheim show in Shanghai in March
illustrates the need to tread carefully with art shows in China.

SOHO · Hong Kong | 2017
14 May 2017

Perception by Cai Xiao-song

Over 20 contemporary ink painting by Chinese artist Cai Xiao-song
are showcased in 'Perception', emphasizing movement and
maintaining resonance in overall composition. At Sotheby's,
through 19 May.

Admiralty · Hong Kong | 2017
13 May 2017

Dream of Polifilo

The Dream of Polifilo, an interactive exhibition by French artist
Nicolas Buffe, is an allegorical adventure following the literary
character Polifilo, from Francesco Colonna’s 1499 novel
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo's Strife of Love in a Dream).

Part of Le French May, at City Hall Exhibition Hall, through 29 May.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
12 May 2017

Soaring Kites

Two black kites (a kind of hawk) soaring near International
Financial Centre (IFC) II. Hong Kong is one of the very few
cities where these birds of prey can thrive peacefully
next to humans.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
11 May 2017

Ocean Liang as Illuminated Sculpture

Ocean Liang, a Hong Kong yoga teacher based in Shanghai, is being
featured as a silver painted model, lavishly illustrated in a
series of 14 fascinating yoga images, by Hong Kong photographer
Chow Kar-hoo.

"Illuminated Sculpture" exhibition at Parkview Art, through 11 May.

SOHO · Hong Kong | 2017
10 May 2017

Eugene at Kowloon Park

Eugene loves to dress up and frolicks under the trees at
Kowloon Park in Tsimshatsui.

Tsimshatsui · Hong Kong | 2017
9 May 2017

Sabrina Loves Kowloon Park

Sabrina, a mixed Asian (a quarter Spanish and three-quarter Chinese),
loves the greeneries and birds at Kowloon Park in Tsimshatsui.

Tsimshatsui · Hong Kong | 2017
8 May 2017

Occupy and June 4 Photos Censored as 'Too Political'

15 photos of June 4 and Umbrella Movement/Occupy Central, titled
'What's Next for Hong Kong' including the above image, submitted
by award-winning photographer P H Yang for review by The Royal
Photographic Society (RPS) of UK had been shortlisted and then
banned by The Photographic Society of Hong Kong (PSHK) as 'Too
Political' at their Advanced Photography 123 Forum last month.

This photo, depicting a protester with arms and umbrella raised amid
clouds of tear gas at Admiralty and dubbed the "Umbrella Man" on
social media, was on the front page of International newswire.
Thousands of unarmed and generally peaceful protesters were only
wearing makeshift masks and plastic wraps while wielding umbrellas
against the 87 rounds of tear gas canisters fired against them by
the police in full riot gear and gas masks on 28 Sep 2014.

A letter sent via email to Dr Lam Kui-chun, Forum Chairman of the
Advanced Photography 123 Forum, requesting the reasons behind the
ban, dated 21 April, has gone unanswered as of today, 16 days later.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2017
7 May 2017

News report on the Front Page of Hong Kong Free Press

My News Report on the Front Page of Award-winning Newswire in Sep 2014

Beatriz Hernandez at Teatro Degollado

A statue of Beatriz Hernandez, a fabulous and courageous
woman who founded the city of Guadalajara, stands proudly
at Teatro Degollado in the second largest city of Mexico.

Guadalajara · Mexico | 2009
6 May 2017

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Puebla celebrates Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May), with a
large parade of dancers in traditional costumes,
commemorating the Mexican Army's astonishing triumph
over the French on 5 May 1862. The Mexican Army was
greatly outnumbered by the French.

Puebla · Mexico | 2006
5 May 2017

Fireworks Over Oaxaca Cathedral

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May), fireworks lit the
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (Catedral Metropolitana
de Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion), in Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca,
Mexico. Construction began in 1535 and was consecrated in July 1733.

Oaxaca · Oaxaca · Mexico | 2009
4 May 2017

Abandoned House at Ma Wan Village

Inside house no. 239 at the abandoned village of Ma Wan. Once home to
800 villagers with some in stilt houses on the bay, Ma Wan fishing village
is now a ghost town. Unlike most of Hong Kong’s rural abandoned corners,
the residents were evicted by the government in 2011, some unwillingly,
to give way to Park Island residential estate development.

The island has a long history, dating back to Neolithic times, much of which
has been swallowed in recent years by the ever hungry need for change and urban
development. Complete Neolithic human skeletal remains were found in tombs at
Tung Wan Tsai in 1997. Ching Ma Bridge linking Kowloon with Lantau Island
provides a dramtic background.

Ma Wan · Hong Kong | 2014
3 May 2017

Wanchai Street Scene

A giant advertising billboard creates an interesting
street scene in Wanchai.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2017
2 May 2017

Thousands Rally on May Day

2,500 rally on May Day to demand standard working hours and
right of collective bargaining in Hong Kong, marching from
Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to government headquarters
in Admiralty.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2017
1 May 2017

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