Category Archives : Urban Exploring


Video: Hong Kong’s maddening density explored by drone

In Wěndìng Fánróng, Mariana Bisti explores Hong Kong’s maddening density by drone. The 8-minute video was shot by the by London-based Greek photographer and architect during a ten week residency at the Academy of Visual Arts at Baptist University.

Mariana Bisti drone

Photo: Mariana Bisti screenshot.


Video: A mosque, temple, church and synagogue – Hong Kong’s places of worship in 360°

Producer Timo Chui has created four videos with 360-degree views of Hong Kong’s places of worship, as part of a series called “Sanctuary.”

Uploaded by 360 Asia, the videos feature the Ohel Leah synagogue, the Kowloon Masjid, Khalsa Diwan, and St. John’s Cathedral. They represent Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Anglican Christian places of worship respectively.

“Hong Kong is home to China’s most vibrant and diverse collection of major religions which have flourished in the city for more than a century,” 360 Asia says.

The Ohel Leah Synagogue is located in Mid-Levels. The first in the series, the video was created with the help of Rabbi Asher Oser and Howard Elias.


Video: Russian climbers cheat death once more, tackling Shenzhen’s 384m Shun Hing Tower

Russian daredevils Madkhorov and Raskalov from On The Roofs have released footage of their climb to the top of Shenzhen’s Shun Hing Tower. The 384 metre, 69-floor skyscraper, nicknamed the “Diwang Building”, is the 10th tallest building in China.


HKFP History: Sea Ranch – A 1970s ‘Post-Apocalyptic Discovery Bay’

In an accessible area of south-west Lantau lies a 200-unit 1970s luxury resort called Sea Ranch. The eerie residential development was once described by Time Out as feeling “like visiting Discovery Bay after a direct hit from a neutron bomb”.

Sea Ranch.

Sea Ranch.

The resort was completed in 1979, but accrued massive debt and was the subject of years of legal wrangling. Despite its notoriety, the self-contained enclave in Chi Ma Wan has quite idyllic surroundings and is visible to passengers on the Hong Kong-Macau ferry routes.

There is now renewed interest, with several units undergoing refurbishment and more residents moving there, attracted by the secluded setting.