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Deserted House with Jetski

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted house.

The house is located near the sea by the port, very suitable for water sports.
It is surprising that a jetski is left deserted. There are some interesting tiles.
The house is in a dilapidated state and has been deserted for a while.

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

Japan | 2024
22 Feb 2024


Real Manga Lover

A Japanese man is glued reading the collection of manga (Japanese comics)
books available while having dinner at a local restaurant in Naha, Okinawa.
He has reserved the next 2 editions of the series, kept next to his seat,
to ensure that he will enjoy the story without interruption.

Naha. Okinawa . Japan | 2024
21 Feb 2024


Tree Nymph Butterfly

The tree nymph, one of the largest butterflies in Japan, flits and floats
gracefully in the air with its wings spread wide. It is native to
rainforests and coastal areas of Southeast Asia.

Reminiscent of stained glass, its white wings are almost translucent, and
the pupae are a bright gold.

Miyakojima . Okinawa . Japan | 2024
20 Feb 2024


Miyakojima Sunset

Sunset at Irabu, a small island in the Miyako Island group. It is a beach-lover's
paradise of immaculate white sandy beaches, great for snorkeling and diving.

Miyakojima . Okinawa . Japan | 2024
19 Feb 2024


Miyakojima

Miyako Island, Miyakojima, is a beach-lover’s paradise of immaculate white
sandy beaches. Only around 50 minutes by air from Naha, it is a charming
place to let your cares slip away while gazing out at the endless blue sea.
The colour is so special, they call it "Miyako Blue".

Miyakojima . Okinawa . Japan | 2024
18 Feb 2024


Sacred Hyakuna Beach

Hykuna Beach, viewed from the window of Hamabe no Chaya Cafe.
The beach in southern Okinawa, sandwiched between rocky promontories,
is a sacred place where, according to legend, the creator goddess
Amamikiyo came ashore from Kudaka Island; this tranquil beach is
still revered by local people today.

Okinawa . Japan | 2024
17 Feb 2024


Deserted Haunted Seaview Hotel

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted hotel.

Built in the 1970s during the hotel boom, halfway up a mountain overlooking
a gorgeous bay, the hotel offered some stunning views. Nowadays it’s
completely vandalised and gutted, bare except for the impressive
amount of graffiti.

It is known as one of the most haunted spots in this prefecture. Rumour has
it that a figure can be seen jumping from the window. It is believed that a
couple committed suicide by jumping at this hotel. The spirit of a young
girl is said to appear in the pool on the ground floor.

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

Japan | 2024
16 Feb 2024


Nishibama Beach on Aka Island

Nishibama Beach on the northeast coast of Aka Island (Akajima), Okinawa is
a postcard-perfect 1 km stretch of white sand. With a population of merely
340 people, Aka Island is a sleepy yet friendly village island. There is no public
transport but hitch-hiking is possible. Aka is 1.5 hour by ferry or an hour by
high speed ferry from Naha.

Akajima . Okinawa . Japan | 2024
15 Feb 2024


Dragon Tales - Innerglow 2024

Hong Kong's unique visual identity as expressed through its intangible cultural
heritage, like the Tai Hang Fire Dragon — will find its way into the aesthetic
looks of InnerGlow 2024 at Tai Kwun's performance Dragon Tales.

Creative and Technical production by The Electric Canvas — the brilliant minds
behind so many of the architectural projection mapped spectacular that pulled
the world’s focus onto Vivid Sydney.

Showtime: 26.1– 14.2.2024 (Except 10-11.2.2024)
Parade Ground 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm; Prison Yard 6:45pm – 9:15pm

SOHO . Hong Kong | 2024
14 Feb 2024


Deserted Villa from 1960s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted villa.

Built in in 1961, the 2-storey detached house has a site area of 15,000 sq ft,
with saleable area of 3,198 sq ft. There is a fireplace in the living room.
It has been deserted for a while. Furniture and personal items have been cleared.

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

Hong Kong | 2024
13 Feb 2024


Anti-riot Armoured Vehicle at Heart of Hong Kong

An anti-riot, bullet-and-explosion-proof armoured vehicle, dubbed 'Saber-toothed tiger'
with flashing red-and-blue light is parked outside Sogo Department Store at the
heart of Hong Kong's shopping district on Chinese New Year for at least 2 days.
It attracted many people, including curious tourists, to take pictures.

This is not the first time. Similar arrangement were made on October 1, China's
national day; July 1, anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong
from UK to China; and June 4, anniversary of the Tiananmen Incident of 1989.

Is there an elevated threat of terrorist attack or an imminent riot? As the
government claims repeatedly that Hong Kong has already moved 'from chaos to rule',
is it necessary to have such disproportionate show of force? Will it scare off
tourists who might think that Hong Kong is a very dangerous place? Is it
spreading the image of a 'Good Hong Kong'?

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2024
12 Feb 2024


Dragon Dance for the Lunar New Year

Dragon dance rings in the new Year of the Dragon.

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2024
11 Feb 2024


Plum Blossoms for Lunar New Year

Plum blossoms at International Finance Centre (IFC) rings in spring
and the Year of the Dragon.

Central . Hong Kong | 2024
10 Feb 2024


Hang Mua Peak

The view from Hang Mua Peak is one of the most spectacular sights in Ninh Binh,
if not all of Vietnam. The iconic view includes towering mountains, green rice fields,
snaking rivers, picturesque limestone cliffs, a pagoda (temple) and a dragon
statue at the top. You can enjoy all this after climbing 500 steps.

Ninh Binh . Vietnam | 2024
9 Feb 2024


Sunset over Hoan Kiem Lake

Stunning light streams over the most well-known lake in Hanoi's Old Quarter as
the sun sets. Legend claims that, in the mid-15th century, heaven sent Emperor
Le Loi a magical sword, which he used to drive the Chinese from Vietnam. After
the war a giant golden turtle grabbed the sword and disappeared into the
depths of this lake to restore the sword to its divine owners, inspiring
the name Hoan Kiem (Lake of the Restored Sword).

Hanoi . Vietnam | 2024
8 Feb 2024


Sidewalk Cafe - Hanoi Style

Cafes on the streets in Hanoi's Old Quarter are very small so the sidewalks
are fully used. Tables and chairs are just plastic ones which are easily
moved whenever the police come. The small shops here are always crowded,
especially in the afternoon, evening and on weekends.

Serving mainly young people, the prices for drinks at these shops are cheap.
With only VND15,000 (US$0.52 or HK$4.8) , you can taste a cup of coffee or
tea here while people watching or chatting with friends at the heart of
the bustling neighbourhood.

Hanoi . Vietnam | 2024
7 Feb 2024


Deserted Unfinished Buildings

An avid urban explorer ventures into deserted unfinished buildings in Vietnam.

Many unfinished buildings were found near a pier for cruise boats. Construction
was halted due to a drastic downturn of tourism and the economy
during COVID-19. The bare-bone buildings lie derelict despite tourism
is returning to normal now.

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

Vietnam | 2024
6 Feb 2024


Deserted Ferris Wheel

An avid urban explorer ventures onto a deserted Ferris Wheel in Vietnam.

The Ferris Wheel is located inside a park in the city. It used to provide
joy to many children was demolished in 2023. Only a few of its coloured
carriages remain on the ground with rubble of the former steel structures.
Windows are smashed and the steel rusted after a decade of monsoon rains.
I can only find a photo in 2018 from the Web before it was demolished.

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

Vietnam | 2024
5 Feb 2024


Deserted Club/Disco

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted club/disco in Vietnam.

The small club is located on a lake near a park in the city. It has been deserted
for a while. Furniture and fixture are scattered throughout.

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

Vietnam | 2024
4 Feb 2024


Hoa Lu - Ancient Capital of Vietnam

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, located near Ninh Binh - 90 km south of Hanoi, is
the capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Viet in the
10th century. This small Kingdom covered an area of only 300 hectares,
and reigned from the 10th century, during the Dinh and Le Dynasties, to the
11th century, during the Ly Dynasty. The Kingdom was enclosed by a citadel.

In 968 AD, King Dinh Bo Linh of Dai Co Viet (the old name of Vietnam)
constructed his capital in Hoa Lu and ruled until the year 980. The
Royal Court was built in an area of 150 hectares. It is one of the
4 cores forming the UNESCO World Heritage of Trang An Complex.

Hoa Lu . Vietnam | 2024
3 Feb 2024


Tam Coc

Tam Coc is known for its breathtaking limestone karsts, mysterious caves,
and emerald river. Located in Ninh Binh province, Tam Coc has become the
go-to destination for travelers in Vietnam seeking adventure, culture,
and beauty. Bike riding through the lush paddy fields is a fabulous
way to visit the countryside.

Tam Coc . Vietnam | 2024
2 Feb 2024


Trang An

Trang An comprises 600 different flora and 200 different fauna which
makes it one of the most biodiverse locations in Vietnam.

There are 47 grottos and caves, 31 valleys and the hallowed cultural area of
Bai Dinh Pagoda (Temple) inside the Trang An scenic landscape complex,
a UNESCO World Heritage since 2014.

Trang An . Vietnam | 2024
1 Feb 2024

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