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Umbrella at Christ the Redeemer

A yellow umbrella is raised at the iconic Art Deco Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer)
statute of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the anniversary of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement.
Created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor
da Silva Costa, the statue is 30 metres (98 ft) tall, not including its 8-metre
(26 ft) pedestal, and its arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide.

Rio de Janeiro · Brazil | 2015
30 Sep 2015

Blood Moon Over Sugarloaf Mount

The super blood moon emerges over Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar), the landmark
of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Seen from the peak of Sugarloaf, Rio is undoubtedly
the most beautiful city in the world. Two consecutive cable cars take you
to the summit, 396 metres above.

Rio de Janeiro · Brazil | 2015
29 Sep 2015

Umbrella Movement One Year Ago

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong citizens who want to reach Occupy Central, the civil
disobedience movement to pressure Beijing into granting genuine democratic reforms,
at government headquarters at Admiralty were blocked by the police. They took to
the street and occupy the 6-lane highway between the MTR (subway) station and
the government offices.

The streets of Hong Kong on Sunday night resemble a battleground, with police in
full riot gear and gas masks firing tear gas on students and citizens wearing
makeshift masks and wielding umbrellas, in the worst clashes between police
and demonstrators since the 2005 WTO protests.

87 rounds of tear gas canisters were fired at the unarmed and generally peaceful
protesters indiscriminately and are totally unwarranted.

Admiralty · Hong Kong | 2014
28 Sep 2015

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

Praca Minas Gerais

The exquisite Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis and Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
sit on the pretty Praca (Plaza) Minas Gerais. Graced with fine colonial
architecture, Mariana is the oldest city in the state of Minas Gerais,
Brazil, founded on July 16, 1696.

Mariana · Brazil | 2015
27 Sep 2015

Church of Saint Francis

The exquisite Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis is BBrazil's most important piece
of colonial art after Alejadinho's masterpiece The Prophets in Congonhas. The
entire exterior is carved by Alejadinho. The interior is richly decorated
including a wooden ceiling painted by Manuel da Costa Ataíde,
Alejadinho's long-term partner.

Ouro Preto · Brazil | 2015
26 Sep 2015

Igreja NS do Pilar

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar, completed in 1731, is considered the pinnacle of
baroque opulence. Its austere facade is a sharp contrast to the lavish interior,
decorated with 434 kg (956 lb) of gold and 400 kg (880 lb) of silver. Francisco
Xavier de Brito, one of Aleijadinho's mentors, is believed to have designed
the main altar.

Ouro Preto · Brazil | 2015
25 Sep 2015

Igreja de Sao Francisco

The Church of San Francisco of Assis, Oscar Niemeyer's striking modernist architecture
on the bank of Pampulha's artificial lake in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil is
decorated with traditional azulejo tiles and murals by Candido Portinari. The
church dates from the 1940s.

Belo Horizonte · Brazil | 2015
24 Sep 2015

Iglesia de la Merced

The most striking features of the Basilica and Convent of Our Lady of Mercy,
is the imposing granite facade carved in the ornate churrigueresque style,
situated in the historical central of Lima in Peru. It was built by Fray
Miguel de Orenes in 1535, taken by the holder to the Archangel Michael.

Lima · Peru | 2015
23 Sep 2015

Monasterio de San Francisco

The Baroque-style Roman Catholic church and monastery is most famous for its
prominent library with 25,000 antique texts and its bone-lined underground
catacombs containing an estimated 70,000 remains.

Lima · Peru | 2015
22 Sep 2015

La Catedral de Lima

The Cathedral resides next to the Archbishop's palace on Plaza de Armas in
Lima, Peru. First constructed in 1535, it has a baroque facade but the
interior was redone in a simple neo-classical style in the 19th century.

Lima · Peru | 2015
21 Sep 2015

Plaza de Armas

Arequipa's Plaza de Armas is a museum of the city's sillar architecture - white,
muscular and aesthetically unique. Impressive colonaded balconies line three
sides. The massive twin-towered Cathedral, founded in 1692, takes over the
north side and is currently under renovation.

Arequipa · Peru | 2015
20 Sep 2015

Claustros de la Campanía

The ornate Claustros (Cloisters) de la Campañía sits next to the Iglesia (Church)
de la Companía in Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru. This wonderful
double courtyard is ringed by cloisters held up by shapely sillar
columns etched with skillful carvings.

Arequipa · Peru | 2015
19 Sep 2015

Woman Knitting on Lake Titicaca

Quechua-speaking women in traditional clothes on Isla Amantani, Lake Titicaca
are expert knitters while their men, surprisingly do the intricate
embroidery. 4,000 villagers live on this island.

Lake Titicaca · Peru | 2015
18 Sep 2015

Uros Dancing on Lake Titicaca

Uros women dancing on a floating island built by dried totora reeds on Lake
Titicaca. The Uros are a pre-Incan people who live on 42 self-fashioned
floating islands in Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia.

Lake Titicaca · Peru | 2015
17 Sep 2015

Boating on Lake Titicaca

An Uros man paddling a boat made of dried totora reeds on Lake Titicaca.
Straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes Mountains,
Titicaca is one of South America's largest lakes and the world’s
highest navigable body of water at 3,830 metres, and is said
to be the birthplace of the Incas.

Lake Titicaca · Peru | 2015
16 Sep 2015

Senor de Huanca Procession

A massive procession of devotees of 'Senor de Huanca' marches past La Catedral at
Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru. Señor de Huanca is the image of the martyred
Christ that causes great fervor and devotion among the Catholics of Cusco
and Peru.

Cusco · Peru | 2015
15 Sep 2015

Young Girl with Baby Lamb

A young Peruvian girl carrying her pet baby lamb is on her way to the Pisac Sunday
market, the largest in the Sacred Valley outside Cusco, Peru. Tourists descend
in droves to shop for artisan handicrafts and textile.

Pisac · Peru | 2015
14 Sep 2015

Iconic Machu Picchu

Since American explorer Hiram Bingham revealed it to the world in 1911, Machu Picchu
has become one of the top travel destinations, and also one of the most endangered,
with tourists running rampant on and off its specially designed footpaths.

Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca
emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). It is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization.
Machu Picchu was declared UN World Heritage in 1983. In 2007, it was
voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Machu Picchu · Peru | 2015
13 Sep 2015

Llamas at Ollantaytambo Ruins

Llamas graze at the huge, steep terraces that guard Ollantaytambo's spectacular
Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley of Peru. This is one of the few places where
the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle to the rebellious Manco Inca
in 1536.

Ollantaytambo · Peru | 2015
12 Sep 2015

Cusco Catedral

Situated on the site of Viracocha Inca’s palace on the flower-ladden Plaza de
Armas, La Catedral (aka Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin)
was built using blocks pilfered from the nearby Inca site of Sacsaywamán.

Its construction started in 1559 and took almost a century to complete in 1654.
On its left is Iglesia de Jesús María (1733) and to the right Iglesia del
Triunfo (1536). At 3326 metre, Cusco is one of the highest cities in the
world and was designated a UN World Heritage in 1983.

Cusco · Peru | 2015
11 Sep 2015

Suckling Pigs at Mistura

Grover Casas Martinez, head chef and owner of Tradicion Wanka, serves his only
dish of suckling pig to a long queue of fans at Mistura, Lima's international
gastronomic fair, where numerous restaurants, farmers and producers from all
Peru offer samples of all Peruvian cuisine on 5-15 September.

In 2000, Peru became the site of the first Cordon Bleu academy in Latin
America. In 2009, Bon Appetit magazine named Lima the 'next great food city.'

Lima · Peru | 2015
10 Sep 2015

Prayer Flags in Central

Tibetan Prayer Flags were seen fluttering in Central. In Tibet or Nepal, you will
often see many prayer flags hanging like a line of colourful washing. They are
usually red, blue, yellow, white and green, representing fire, sky, earth, air
and water respectively.

In Tibet, the tradition of hanging flags began more than 2000 years ago, to honour
the nature gods of Bon. They hung the flags over mountain passes and rivers to
benefit all who would pass underneath.

Central · Hong Kong | 2013
9 Sep 2015

No Chives Please

'No Chives Please' by comics artist Kam Siu-Man who started his career at the
tender age of 16. This satirizes the recent case of the four old but healthy
banyan trees at Bonham Road that were summarily chopped off by the
Highway Department against the advice of the Expert Group who provides
guidance to the government on tree management.

It is on display at 'Comixhibition and the City' at Times Square until
13 September.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2015
8 Sep 2015

Hungry Ghost Festival

Yu Lan (Hungry Ghost) Festival is traditional to the Chiu Chou community. They
hold Chinese operas temporarily-built bamboo theatres, leaving the first row
empty for the ghosts to sit and enjoy the performance.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2015
7 Sep 2015

UK Pavilion

'New British Innovators: Inside Heatherwick Studio' showcases work from the last
two decades by the British architecture and design company Heatherwick Studio
from 5 – 23 September at The Qube of PMQ.

Heatherwick is well-known in Asia for designing the UK pavilion at the Shanghai
World Expo in 2010.

SOHO · Hong Kong | 2015
6 Sep 2015

Car-free Central

A pedestrian zone of a one-kilometre stretch of Des Voeux Road Central, betwen
Pedder Street and Morrison Street, is proposed by green groups. It will be a
vehicle-free zone, except trams and environmentally-friendly buses.

Businesses and commuters back the proposal submitted to the Town Planning Board
last week by the Clean Air Network, Friends of the Earth, the Conservancy
Association, and Designing Hong Kong.

Central · Hong Kong | 2015
5 Sep 2015

Lighter Side of Umbrella Movement

Joshua Wong, Convenor of Scholarism, and Alex Chow, former Secretary-General of
Hong Kong Federation of Students, share a lighter moment as Chan Kinman, one
of the initiators of Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, tells a joke.

These leaders of the Umbrella Movement review the success and failure of the
mass social movement that had hundreds of thousands occupied the streets
of Hong Kong for 79 days in 2014.

Hung Hom · Hong Kong | 2015
4 Sep 2015

24 Hours of Perishable Value

'24 Hours', a visually arresting art installation by Brandon Pak Kin Chan, is a
wall of bricks made out of clay and newspaper. The young talent has spent over
a year deconstructing the relationship between time and space to explore the
perishable nature of ‘value’ in today’s world.

This is part of HKFOREWORD15, an exhibition showcasing recent works by seven
young Hong Kong art graduates at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery till 9 September.

SOHO · Hong Kong | 2015
3 Sep 2015


Hong Kong-based artist Martin Lever celebrates the city's groundscapes from a
different perspective in his exhibition 'Above/Below' at Pub Art Gallery
until 12 September. He offers the viewer a new vantage point by asking
them to look down upon various areas, from Shek O to Kwai Chung.

SOHO · Hong Kong | 2015
2 Sep 2015

Sonya Fock of i-Action

Sonya Fock - traveler, photographer and founder of i-Action, a humanitarian NGO,
has raised HK$120,000 and built a canteen and kitchen for a primary school with
no desk or chair in Abuluoha, an isolated rural leprosy village in Sichuan,
China. A very inspirational action for the under-developed Yi ethnic
minority area only accessible after walking 3-5 hours via footpath
and primitive aerial ropeway.

Yaumatei · Hong Kong | 2015
1 Sep 2015

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