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Flight Over Milan Cathedral

Doves soar above Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano), with 135 spires
and 3,200 statues, is a frenzy of flying butresses. The Gothic
cathedral is the largest church in Italy and the fifth largest in
the world. It was commissioned in 1386 and took nearly six centuries
to complete with a capacity for 40,000 (Milan's population at the time).

Milan · Italy | 2017
31 Jan 2017

Florence's Ponte Vacchio

The Ponte Vecchio ('Old Bridge') is a medieval stone closed-
spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in
Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along
it, as was once common.

Florence · Italy | 2017
30 Jan 2017

Bubbles at Duomo

An artist creates giant bubbles in front of the iconic Cathedral
of Florence (Il Duomo di Firenze), Italy, as the setting sun
paints its intricate Gothic facade in a glowing orange hue.

Florence · Italy | 2017
29 Jan 2017

Pistoia Cathedral

Pistoia Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Zeno), most probably
built in the 10th century with a façade in Pisan-Romanesque
style, is the main church of Pistoia, Tuscany,
central Italy.

Pistoia · Italy | 2017
28 Jan 2017

Colourful Vernazza

Colourful houses huddle around a picturesque harbour-piazza
in the quaint fishing village of Vernazza, in Cinque Terre
(Five Lands) of Northern Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage
since 1997.

Vernazza · Italy | 2017
27 Jan 2017

Church of San Giovanni Battista

The striped Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista (Church of St
John the Baptist) was built between 1244 and 1307 in
Ligurian Gothic style in Monterosso al Mare, Italy.
The beautiful facade is decorated with white and
green marble and embellished with a rose window.

Monterosso is one of the five fishing villages known as
Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage since 1997.

Monterosso · Italy | 2017
26 Jan 2017

Sunset Over Manarola

Sunset over Manarola, which may be the oldest of the towns
in Cinque Terre (Five Lands) of Northern Italy, with the
cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating from 1338.

Set amid stunning coastal scenery, these five fishing villages
offer colourful houses with narrow winding alleys plus
dramatic cliffside hiking trails. A UNESCO World Heritage
site since 1997.

Manarola · Italy | 2017
25 Jan 2017

Piazza de Ferrari

Situated in the heart of Genoa, Italy between the historical
and the modern centre, Piazza de Ferrari is renowned for its
fountain, which was restored in recent years along with a
major restyling of the square. At the end of the 19th century
Genoa was the main financial centre of Italy along with Milan.

Genoa · Italy | 2017
24 Jan 2017

Dawn at Milan

Daybreak at Milan, a fast-paced metropolis with new world
qualities, is Italy's city of the future. As the capital
of the Roman Empire, its monumental buildings also
reflect the glorious history.

Milan · Italy | 2017
23 Jan 2017

Rainbow Zebra Art

Rainbow-coloured zebra street art hidden in a back alley of
Causeway Bay, a renowned shopping ad dining area in Hong Kong.
The rent in this shopping area is ranked as the world's most
expensive for the second year in a row, after overtaking
New York's Fifth Avenue in 2012.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2017
22 Jan 2017

Fading Old Letter Boxes

Old traditional letter boxes, made with 'white iron' - local
term for galvanized zinc sheets that are rust-resistent and
highly durable, are common in old Tong Lau (Chinese tenement
houses) but are fast disappearing.

Sham Shui Po · Hong Kong | 2017
21 Jan 2017

Knitted Lions at IFC

Super-sized hand-knitted lions, tangerines, peach blossom,
red packets and gold ingots installation at IFC Mall for
Chinese New Year.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
20 Jan 2017

Cantonese Opera Treasured

Cantonese Opera - a cultural treasure passed down through the
ages - is being held at Times Square to mark Chinese New Year.
The exhibition traces its development from the 1920s, to its hey
day in the 1940s and 1950s when it was considered the pop
music of its day, to becoming a more artistic performance.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2017
19 Jan 2017

Mural at Fashion Walk

Colourful street art mural at Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay
brightens up the back alleys.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2017
18 Jan 2017

The World of Tim Burton

The Blue Boy sits outside 'The World of Tim Burton' touring
exhibition, which showcases mostly drawings and sketches,
at Artistree in Quarry Bay, through 23 January.

The show has visited Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo and Toronto and
drawn criticism, mostly for its superficiality.

Quarry Bay · Hong Kong | 2017
17 Jan 2017

Cuban Art by Nelson Caban

Cuban visual artist Nelson Caban from Havana showcases
his colourful art work including painting, sculpture
and design in his studio at Room 30, 16th Floor, Wah
Lok Industrial Building, Block B, Fo Tan, during the
Fotanian Open Studios. Open 14, 15, 21, 22 January.

Dozens of vibrant artists in Fo Tan welcome you to view a
wide array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, mixed media,
printmaking, installations, photographic and video works.

Fo Tan · Hong Kong | 2017
16 Jan 2017

Cornelia Erdmann at Fotanian Open Studios

German visual artist Cornelia Erdmann from Frankfurt showcases
her art installations in her studio at Room 18, 16th Floor,
Wah Luen Industrial Building, Block B, Fo Tan, during the
Fotanian Open Studios. Open 14, 15, 21, 22 January.

The annual event throws open the doors of the vibrant artist
community in Fo Tan which encompass a wide array of media,
including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, mixed media,
printmaking, installations, photographic and video works.

Fo Tan · Hong Kong | 2017
15 Jan 2017

Vanishing Corner Tong Lau

Part of the Hong Kong heritage is on the brink of extinction.
One of the five remaining pre-war, verandah style corner Tong
Lau (Chinese tenement house), located at 6 Stewart Road in
Wanchai, will be demolished soon instead of being preserved.

As the 87 year-old historical tong lau falls, a touch of the
classical elegance of old Hong Kong goes with it. This tong lau
had been recommended to be rated as a Grade Three historical
buildig in 2009 by the Antiquities and Monuments Office but
Hong Kong government fails to act on it.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2017
14 Jan 2017

Capital Cafe

Capital Cafe (Wah Sing Bing Sutt or Chinese Stars Ice Room)
is a very popular traditional cafe in Hong Kong since the
1950s. Joint owned by the founders of a Canto-pop record
label, the walls are adorned with signed record sleeves
and posters of idols like Leslie Cheung and Joey Yung.

The retro cafe chain with uniformed waiters isn't gimmicky
or overpriced, and the food is tasty. The delicious
Headmaster's Toast (designed by pop singer 'headmaster'
Alan Tam) with black truffle and cheese is a popular choice.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2017
13 Jan 2017

Waterfront Ferris Wheel

The 60-metre-high Hong Kong Observation Wheel, operated by
Swiss AEX, on the Central waterfront started on 5 Dec 2014
with 42 gondolas each holding 8-10 passengers who pays
HK$100 for the grand view of the Victoria harbour.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
12 Jan 2017

Tanks Back to Tiananmen at Palace Museum Ad

Protesters carrying images of tanks to recreate scenes of the
June 4 crackdown at the controversial Palace Museum advertisement
at the MTR Central station, to protest the Beijing Tiananmen
massacre in 1989.

About 100 activists staged the protest carrying photos of the
bloody crackdown and statues of Goddess of Democracy during
the evening rush hours drawing the attention of thousands of
MTR riders.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
11 Jan 2017

Palace Museum Ad Evokes June 4 Crackdown

Protesters reenacted scenes of the June 4 crackdown at the $1.58
million Palace Museum advertisement between the MTR Central and
Hong Kong stations, as it reminds them of the Beijing Tiananmen
massacre in 1989.

Activists staged a sit-in wears head-band with 'Never forget June 4'
and carry photos of the bloody crackdown and statues of Goddess
of Democracy, which was erected by the students in Tiananmen
Square in 1989 as a symbol of their movement, drawing attention
of thousands of MTR riders passig through.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
10 Jan 2017

Toxic Mainland Smog Arrives

Hong Kong is consumed by appalling toxic level of smog from Mainland
China. As Duk Ling, a traditional Chinese junk, sails from Central,
one can hardly see Wanchai or Tsimshatsui in the background.

Heavy pollution shrouds 21 cities in northeast China as dangerous
particles reach highest levels at nearly 50 times World Health
Organisation (WHO) safe limits. Levels of PM2.5, the tiny airborne
particles considered most harmful to health, reached 1,157 micrograms
per cubic metre in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on Sunday. Over 300
micrograms is consdiered dangerous and 500 is off the chart.

China's toxic smog poses very high health risk to Hong Kong, reads
the headline on South China Morning Post front page and similarly
on Apple Daily. Air Quality Health Index readings reached 10 (very
high health risk) in Tung Chung (PM2.5 at 141.3 micrograms per cubic
metre) and Tuen Mun; 9 in Central, Causeway Bay, Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
9 Jan 2017

Protesting Controversial Palace Museum

A red handprint is splashed on the controversial Palace Museum
advertisment costig $1.58 million between the MTR Central and
Hong Kong stations to protest its decision by Chief Secretary
Carrie Lam, who is poised to run for chief Executive, against
established procedures and lacking public consultation
and trasparency.

Other protestesters use thumbs-down, 'Don't forget June 4' and
other signs to voice their displeasure.

Central · Hong Kong | 2017
8 Jan 2017

Urban Landscape

Among the most densely packed industrial buildings in Kwun Tong,
the popular Camel Paint Building has turned into a retail outlet
paradise for shoppers with the latest fashions and cosmetics,
wholesale food and even an urban farm.

Kwun Tong · Hong Kong | 2017
7 Jan 2017

Cafe Match Box

The decor, music, staff uniform, the food and the minibus-
themed booth seats of Cafe Match Box (Double Happiess Bing
Sutt) all capture the retro vibe of the 1960s Hong Kong
ice room (local café). As is the ping pong table out front.

The menu is in the form of a primary school exercise book.
The chicken pie in green pea soup (in Chinese: Chicken pie
floating platform, reflecting a vivid visual of the dish)
alone is worth a trip: the soup is soft and creamy which
works well against the tasty savory pie.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2017
6 Jan 2017

Old Master Q Cartoonist Wong RIP

Iconic cartooist Alfonso Wong (pseudonym: Wong Chak) of
Old Master Q fame passed away on 1 Jan at the age of 93.
His art and humour reflected in his comic strip to poke fun
at everything Hong Kong have already been passed to his son.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2017
5 Jan 2017

Man Fong Cafe

With over 50 years of history, the illustrious Man Fong Bing
Sutt (Ten-Thousand Flowers Ice Room) has successfully extended
its business to Taiwan.

Enjoy the retro murals on the wall from movie like Gone with
the Wind, spaghetti western star Clint Eastwood and British
actress Audrey Hepburn while wolfing down scrambled eggs,
baked curry and macaroni soup from the traditional menu.

Yuen Long · Hong Kong | 2017
4 Jan 2017

Lone Ranger Duels with Red Indian

Visual artist Kacey Wong, dressed as Lone Ranger - an enduring
icon of the American old west, duels with artist Suitman Young
Kim, dressed as a native American (Red Indian) at a western-
themed costume party for the new year.

Ap Lei Chau · Hong Kong | 2017
3 Jan 2017

Red Leaves of Tai Tong

The leaves of Sweet Gum turns yellow and red in Tai Tong Hills in
Tai Lam Chung Country Park of Yuen Long when the weather turns
cooler in autumn and winter. This gift of nature draws flocks
of hikers and photographers.

Yuen Long · Hong Kong | 2017
2 Jan 2017

Thousands Launch 2017 by Protesting Ouster of Elected Lawmakers

Thousands join the annual New Year’s Day march against government's
push for judicial review to disqualify four Hong Kong legislators -
Nathan Law Kwun-chung, Dr Edward Yiu Chung-yim, Lau Siu-lai and
'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung.

Over 9,000 marched, according to organisers Civil Human Rights Front
who seek to raise HK$5 million for the Justice Defence Fund to pay
for the legislators' legal costs.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2017
1 Jan 2017

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