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Sun Salutation

Zadar's awesome 'Sun Salutation', designed by local architect
Nikola Basic, is a 22m-wide circle set into the ground at the
waterfront filled with 300 multilayer glass plates that
collect solar energy during the day.

It produces a trippy colourful light show at night and is packed
with tourists, locals and excited children every night.

Zadar · Croatia | 2016
31 May 2016

Plitvice Lakes

A turquoise ribbon of crystal-clear water and gushing waterfalls in
the forested heart of Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park is an
awesome sight. Boardwalks allow visitors to get close to the
exqusite water world.

Plitvice Lakes was named a UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

Plitvice Lakes · Croatia | 2016
30 May 2016

Zagreb Time Machine

Ancient characters that made Zagreb famous – singers of old parlour
ballads, bohemians or peasant women from the village of Šestine –
congregate at St Mark's Church in Upper Town of Zagreb, Croatia.

This is part of 'Zagreb Time Machine', a tourist program to add
a sense of culture and history for the visitors.

Zagreb · Croatia | 2016
29 May 2016

Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) is the 17th-century Baroque Roman Catholic
cathedral in the city of Salzburg, Austria, dedicated to Saint
Rupert who founded the church in 774 and Saint Vergilius. The
cathedral was rebuilt in 1181 and in the 17th century after a
fire. It still contains the baptismal font in which composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized.

Salzburg · Austria | 2016
28 May 2016

Salzburg at Dusk

Standing next to the fast-flowing Salzach River, Salzburg's altstadt (old
town) glows at dusk. The Austrian city with graceful domes and spires
and the formidable clifftop fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) was home
to Mozart, the musical boy-wonder, prolific and influential composer
of the Classical era.

Salzburg · Austria | 2016
27 May 2016

The Power of Candlelight

135,000 citizens participate at the first post-Occupy vigil at Victoria Park
in memory of the 26th anniversary of June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre
last year. The massive turnout is impressive as the city was deeply divided
ahead of the political reform proposal.

This year, the Hong Kong Federation of Students will not attend the
biggest rally in the world commemorating the crackdown in Victoria
Park for the first time because of the growing localist attitude.

Victoria Park · Hong Kong | 2015
26 May 2016

Paris Extended

Renowned French photographer Jean-Philippe Lebee presents moments of
Parisian life in diptychs in his 'Paris Extended' exhibition, telling
tales of the authentic, magical and iconic city that is Paris.

The show is part of French May at City Hall Exhibition Hall
through 28 May.

Central · Hong Kong | 2016
25 May 2016

Hwaseong Palace

Changing of the Guard at Hwaseong Haenggung (Palace) in Suwon, 48 km
south of Seoul, Korea. In 1794, King Jeongjo, the 22nd Joseon
dynasty ruler moved the capital here. The impressive fortification
and the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage.

Suwon · Korea | 2016
24 May 2016

Anyang Art Park

'Linear Building Up in the Trees' by American architect and designer
Vito Acconci at Anyang Art Park, an open-air sculpture park set
among the trees of a wooded valley and along the rocky river
bank, with 52 quirky pieces by Korean and international artists.

Anyang · Korea | 2016
23 May 2016

Bongeun-sa at Dusk

A giant statue of Buddha overlooks downtown Seoul's skyline at Bongeun-sa,
a buddhist temple in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu. It was founded in 794 AD
during the reign of King Wonseong by the monk Yeon-hoe, then the
highest ranking monk of Silla.

Seoul · Korea | 2016
22 May 2016

'Comfort Woman' Memorial

A haunting bronze sculpture of a young woman in honbok (traditional Korean
dress) sits in a chair and stares impassively near the Japanese embassy
in Seoul. She is a symbol of thousands of Korean women who were used as
sex slaves, euphemistically called 'comfort women', by Japan's army
during World War II from 1930s until 1945.

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe expressed 'sincere apologies and remorse
to all the estimated 200,000 [Korean] women who underwent immeasurable
and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological
wounds as comfort women.' and offered US$8.3 million in compensation.

An estimated 360,000 to 410,000 in China and thousands in Taiwan, Burma,
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor and
other Japanese-occupied territories are still waiting for similar
apology and compensation.

Seoul · Korea | 2016
21 May 2016

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is a historical Korean traditional village between
Gyeongbok Palace and Changdeok Palace. The village has lots of interesting
alleys, hanok (Korean traditional houses) and is preserved to show a
600-year-old urban environment, allowing visitors to experience the
atmosphere of the Joseon Dynasty.

Seoul · Korea | 2016
20 May 2016

Guarding Gyeongbok Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the
Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in Seoul, South Korea. The
largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, it
served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty.

Seoul · Korea | 2006
19 May 2016

Protesters to Beijing Leader: Get Lost

Protesters were outnumbered by the police as they marched towards Hong Kong
Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai, where the visiting National
People’s Congress Chairman was giving a keynote address, chanting 'No
interference in Hong Kong affairs, Zhang Dejiang get lost!'.

8,000 police officers were deployed to protect Zhang with 5,000 in Wanchai.
Protesters burned the petition letter to Zhang after only a junior officer
from the adminstration was dispatched to receive it.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2016
18 May 2016

My news report and more photos on the Front Page
of Award-winning International Newswire

Lockdown Ahead of First Post-Occupy Beijing Visit

Hong Kong is on the highest security lockdown ever ahead of the three-day visit
by National People’s Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang, the first top leader to
visit since the 79 days occupy by Umbrella Movement.

About 6,000 police officers and 200 2-metre-high barricades are deployed in Wanchai
North, where Zhang will be staying at Grand Hyatt Hotel and attending the 'Belt and
Road Summit' at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

A giant yellow banner (10 x 3.2 metres) reading "We Want Genuine Universal Suffrage"
(in Chinese) was placed by protesters from the League of Social Democrats (LSD)
on Beacon Hill, next to Lion Rock this morning, despite tens of police camping
out at the top of Lion Rock.

Another giant black banner reading "End the Rule by Chinese Communists" was
hoisted by LSD at Tung Chung near the airport just as the motorcade of
Zhang was passing through.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2016
17 May 2016

My news report and more photos on the Front Page
of Award-winning International Newswire

Cultural Revolution 50 Years On

A plague reading 'Long Live Mao Zedong Thought' hangs silently on top of the
entrance to an old run-down building on Gulang Yu, an island off Xiamen on
Southern China. It is a reminder of Chairman Mao's Great Proletarian
Cultural Revolution – a decade of frenzied political and social
turmoil that began exactly 50 years ago.

Xiamen · Fujian · China | 2014
16 May 2016

Affordable Art Fair

The fourth annual Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2016 offers the best in
affordable art from over 110 local and international galleries. It runs
from May 13-15 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2016
15 May 2016

Tam Kung's Birthday Parade

Tam Kung, born during the Yuan dynasty (1206–1368) and said to be capable of
forecasting the weather and healing the ill when he was a child, is revered
amongst fishermen and coastal communities. His birthday is celebrated by a
massive parade with numerous dragons and lions dancing in Shaukeiwan, a
former fishing community, from 9 am to after 2 pm on Saturday, the
eighth day of the fourth lunar month.

Shaukeiwan · Hong Kong | 2016
14 May 2016

One Less by Glen Clarke

Glen Clarke, renowned artist from Australia at the 2015 Venice Biennale, shares
his work 'One Less' at TEDx Hong Kong - Artful, about a large installation of a huge
bomb made with 12,000 shirts of origami folded RMB bank notes representing
the impact of war on landscapes and people.

The installation, on display at Affordable Art Fair, will be dismantled throughout
the fair with visitors able to buy each origami shirt with profits going to
anti-landmines charities 'Project Renew' of Vietnam, Mine Advisory Group (MAG)
and Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) of Laos.

Wanchai · Hong Kong | 2016
13 May 2016

Peeta @ Golden Computer Arcade

Venice-based artist Peeta merges his passions for graffiti writing, sculpture
and design in his large-scale spray murals that look like a swirling 3-D
object that float just above the giant facade of the Golden Computer
Arcade in Shamshuipo.

Shamshuipo · Hong Kong | 2016
12 May 2016


Colourful rolls of threads in a roadside shop in North Point.

North Point · Hong Kong | 2016
11 May 2016

Street Art in Shamshuipo

HKwalls brings street art and murals to the streets, alleys, security
gates, and walls of Sham Shui Po, a gritty working class
neighborhood in Kowloon.

Shamshuipo · Hong Kong | 2016
10 May 2016


Vegetal artist Duy Anh Nhan Duc has collaborated with photographer
Isabelle Chapuis for the poetical series 'Dandelion' - presented
dandelions as a soft, whimsical, and most importantly, beautiful.
Coupled with female portraits, which are subtle but artful, the
series offers a new perspective on the delicate plant.

This is part of 'Renaissance' exhibition at La Galerie through
5 June.

SOHO · Hong Kong | 2016
9 May 2016

Sunset Over Tai O

As the sun sets, two Tanka women in their traditional bamboo hat at Tai O,
home to a community of fisher folk who’ve built their houses on stilts
above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations, draw water from
the public water tap getting ready to cook dinner.

Some of the stilt houses do not have direct piping of water into
the home.

Tai O · Hong Kong | 2016
8 May 2016

Old Woman

An old woman in a traditional bamboo hat for Tangka fisher-folks at
Tai O, a bucolic, laid-back fishing village on Lantau Island that
remains one of the few enclaves in Hong Kong that has not been
completely engulfed by the city’s frenzy in development.

Government has recently released a proposal to turned Lantau into
the next new commercial hub with major tourism and recreation
attractions and a population of 1 million. 27 green groups
oppose the developemnt plan for environmental, ecological
and heritage concerns.

Tai O · Hong Kong | 2016
7 May 2016


Adam Bricusse explores symbolism connected to scarabs in 'Sacred' exhibition
at the Cat Street Gallery until 18 June. Scarabs hold great meaning and
significance, opening one up to an entirely different atmosphere, to the
elements and mysteries of the cosmos. It has truly proved something
scared – 'the eternal renewal of life'.

Sheung Wan · Hong Kong | 2016
6 May 2016

Philippe Baudelocque's Multiple

French contemporary artist, Philippe Baudelocque, opens 'Multiple' - his second
solo exhibition in Hong Kong with photographs, original drawings as well as
numbered and signed prints at agnčs b.’s LIBRAIRIE GALERIE. Visitors will
enjoy his favorite themes: symbols, geometry and archetypes.

The exhibition, through 27 August, is one of the associated projects of
Le French May 2016.

Sheung Wan · Hong Kong | 2016
5 May 2016

Cramped Living Space

Even children cannot stand up in the model of a attic unit, measuring 36
sq ft (10 sq m) with 4 ft (1.2 m) vertical space, which is not uncommon
in grassroot districts like Shamshuipo. This is part of 'Units Undivisa',
an exhibition of incredible segmented units at Jockey Club Creative
Art Centre (JCCAC) through 15 May.

There are 86,400 residential units in subdivided flats across Hong Kong,
according to a survey by the Census and Statistics Department (CSD) in
2015, home to 85,500 households (or 195,500 individuals).

Shek Kip Mei · Hong Kong | 2016
4 May 2016


North Point · Hong Kong | 2016
3 May 2016

Hundreds Protest Firing of Ming Pao Editor

Over 400 journalists, activists and politicians including 6 legislators rally
outside Ming Pao Industrial Centre in Chaiwan on Monday afternoon to protest
over the summary firing of a top editor of Ming Pao, a popular Chinese-
language daily.

It is a sign of deteriorating press freedom in Hong Kong as Beijing continues
its attempt to reign-in the special enclave that is supposed to have a high
degree of autonomy. Organised by 8 journalist groups, protesters carried
pieces of ginger to symbolise their support for the sacked executive
editor, Keung Kwok-yuen, whose surname in Chinese rhythms with ginger.

Chaiwan · Hong Kong | 2016
2 May 2016

My news report and more photos on the Front Page of
Award-winning International Newswire

My photo on the Front Page of
Hong Kong Free Press

Bao X Miguel

Bao and Miguel, talented street artists, work on a live show at Le French May
Opening, to illustrate the 2016 theme in an urban style, a Festive French
Weekend at PMQ, which is turned into a typical French-styled village with
French culture, food, drinks, music, visual arts and more.

SOHO · Hong Kong | 2016
1 May 2016

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