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Hong Kong Swallowed Up?

The sign at King George V Memorial Park, one of the few parks
in Hong Kong bearing its former colonial links, is being
swallowed up by roots of banyan trees. A reminder of the
state of affairs of the territory under the
'One Country Two Systems'?.

Sai Ying Pun · Hong Kong | 2017
19 Aug 2017


Echoes Infinity

'Echoes Infinity Moment and Eternity' is part of the Echoes
Infinity exhibition by Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki at
the Gallery by the Harbour, Harbour City, through 24 August.

Tsimshatsui · Hong Kong | 2017
19 Aug 2017


Joshua Wong Among Hong Kong's First Prisoners of Conscience

Nathan Law (25), Joshua Wong (20) and Alex Chow (26), student
leaders of Umbrella Movement when hundreds of thousands occupied
the streets of Hong Kong for 79 days in 2014, are jailed by
the Appeal Court for 8, 6 and 7 months respectively on
Thursday for the 2014 clash at the Civic Square outside
Government Headquarters. The trio will appeal.

This is a watershed for the justice system which is increasingly
influenced by Beijing. The trio becomes Hong Kong's first prisoners
of conscience as China starts to tighten its controls over the territory.

Admiralty · Hong Kong | 2017
18 Aug 2017


Student Leaders Ponder the Future

Nathan Law, Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, student leaders of
Umbrella Movement when hundreds of thousands occupied the
streets of Hong Kong for 79 days in 2014, ponder the future
after the Appeal Court decided to jail 13 protesters over
the 2014 clash at legislature.

Joshua and Nathan are due for sentencing at Appeal court on
Thursday when they are likely to become Hong Kong's first
political prisoners that would set off alarms on China's
intentions on the territory.

Admiralty · Hong Kong | 2017
17 Aug 2017


Gwangjang Market

Best known as Seoul's largest food alley, Gwangjang Market is
one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in South
Korea, with more than 5000 shops and 20,000 employees in an
area of 42,000 square metres (450,000 square feet).
Approximately 65,000 people visit the market each day.

Seoul · South Korea | 2017
16 Aug 2017


Seoullo Sky Garden

Seoullo 7017 Sky Garden, named after the abandoned Seoul Station
overpass that was built in the 1970s has transformed into a beautiful
sky garden where you can take in the view of the city high above
busy streets. The public 983-metre long park, opened in May 2017,
includes 50 families of about 24,000 flowers and plants.

Seoul · South Korea | 2017
15 Aug 2017


Wavy GT Tower

With Us, a hand sculpture by Kim Moon Gyeong, stands
in front of the GT Tower East, with a curvaceous
and wavy styling. Architects have been pushing the
envelope more in the wide-open space of Gangnam,
south of the river in Seoul.

Seoul · South Korea | 2017
14 Aug 2017


Dawn at Seonyudo

Dawn at Seonyudo, a laidback island amid 60 almost
uninhabited islands off the south-eastern coast of
South Korea, an hour by ferry from Gunsan.

Seonyudo · South Korea | 2017
13 Aug 2017


Sunset Over Seonyudo

Sunset Over Seonyudo, a laidback island amid 60 almost
uninhabited islands off the south-eastern coast of
South Korea. The main attraction is the 1.6km beach,
on a spit of soft sand, with a zipline running across.

Seonyudo · South Korea | 2017
12 Aug 2017


Jeonju Hanok Maeul

Jeonju Hanok Maeul (village with traditional Korean wooden houses)
has over 800 hanok, one of the largest concentrations in South
Korea. Wandering the cobberstoned alleys with lots of tourists,
many dressed in traditional Korean attire, is still an
enchanting experience.

Jeonju · South Korea | 2017
11 Aug 2017


Dongdaemun Design Plaza

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), is a major urban development
landmark in Seoul, South Korea designed by Zaha Hadid and Samoo,
dubbed the 'Metonymic Landscape' with a distinctively neo-futuristic
design characterized by the curvaceous structure with a silvery facade.
The landmark is the centrepiece of South Korea's design hub.

Seoul · South Korea | 2017
10 Aug 2017


Circular Footbridge

The circular pedestrian footbridge in Causeway Bay, made iconic
as the battleground in the finale of the recent futuristic
Hollywood blockbuster 'Ghost in the Shell', where Scarlett
Johansson duels with the villian, based on the Japanese
manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow.

The footbridge connects both sides of Yee Wo Street and to the
tram station. It is the only circular pedestrian overpass
in Hong Kong and a rather popular shooting location for
films and television dramas.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2017
9 Aug 2017


Mahnoor at Jamia Mosque

13 year-old Mahnoor, a second generation Pakistani born in
Hong Kong, frequents the Jamia Mosque, the oldest mosque
in the city. The neighbouring Mosque Street and Mosque
Junction are named after this mosque.

While many of the ethnic minorities are born and educated
locally, the existence of a language barrier, discriminatory
practices and social bias mean they are disadvantaged vs
their Chinese counterparts.

Despite being fluent in spoken Cantonese, most ethnic minorities
in Hong Kong face hurdles in entering college and the civil
service as they are unable to write in Chinese.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
8 Aug 2017


Comfort Women Memorial

Eunjoo Hwang from Changwon, South Korea, walks past the
Comfort Women Memorial at the access walkway (dubbed
Comfort Women Plaza) to the Japanese consulate in Hong
Kong, after paying respect to it with her parents.

Japanese officials have asked the Hong Kong government to
remove two life-size statues put up by the Action Committee
for Defending the Diaoyu Islands group who plan to retain
the statue there till December 13 – the anniversary of the
start of the 1937 Nanjing massacre.

The Memorial is a symbol of thousands of Asian women who were
used as sex slaves, euphemistically called 'comfort women',
by Japan's army during World War II from 1930s until 1945. An
estimated 360,000 to 410,000 in China and thousands in Taiwan,
Burma, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Korea, East Timor and other Japanese-occupied territories are
waiting for apology and compensation.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
7 Aug 2017


Director Ji Dan

Ji Dan - a documentary filmmaker from Heilongjiang, China -
debuts her latest film 'Doomsday', a documentary on the
plight of human right lawyers in China being illegally
shutdowned by the authority, at the festival of 'Chinese
Independent Documentary films after 1997' at ACO.

Ji has worked extensively in both China and Japan. Her past
works include Spirit Home (2006), Dream of the Empty City (2007),
Spiral Staircase of Harbin (2008), which won awards at Yamagata
International Documentary Film Festival and China Documentary
Film Festival and When The Bough Breaks (2011), which won awards
at film festivals in Brussel, Rotterdam, New York and Seoul.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2017
6 Aug 2017


Bubbles Bubbles Everywhere

Millions of bubbles floated across Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on
Friday, generated by the public art exhibition of Japanese artist
Shinji Ohmaki, at Harbour city from August 2 – 20, 2017.

The 'Bubble Up' project uses 50 bubble-producing units to spew out
10,000 bubbles every minute. The show runs for 20-30 minutes at
3 pm and 7 pm, Fridays to Sundays.

Tsimshatsui · Hong Kong | 2017
5 Aug 2017


Historic Blue House

The Blue House is a four-storey Lingnan-style Chinese tenement house
(Tong Lau) with balcony built in the 1920s and is listed as a Grade I
historic building. It is named after the brilliant blue colour
painted on its external walls.

In the 1950s and 1960s, kung fu master Wong Fei-hung’s student Lam
Sai-wing and his nephew launched their kung fu studio here. There
are still residents occupying the structure, despite a lack of
modern conveniences such as flush toilets.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2017
4 Aug 2017


Pitch of Tension

'The Pitch of Tension', an exhibition at Comix Home Base, showcases
Hong Kong action comics in numerous forms of representation of
force including martial art fighting. The show features works
of nine Hong Kong comics artists through 7 August.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2017
3 Aug 2017


Hong Kong Skyline

The skyline of Hong Kong island seen from the top (29th) floor
of Number 1, Peking Road in Kowloon. Tsimshatsui waterfront
including Cultural Centre and the historic Clocktower is
in the foreground.

Tsimshatsui · Hong Kong | 2017
2 Aug 2017


Soprano Etta Fung

Up and coming coloratura soprano Etta Fung, from Hong Kong,
sings the role of Aninna with More Than Musical. She won
the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions and the Vocal
Division of the Naftzger Competition.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
1 Aug 2017

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