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Between 1906 and 1976, Ma On Shan was home to a booming iron ore mine…
An expert team from HK URBEX explored the underground network last month…
Raw iron ore was once transported to a processing plant 200 metres from the coast on what was the city’s first electric tram.
Diana Jou and Lara Day of the Wall Street Journal have produced a new 15-minute documentary about the Kowloon Walled City. Once the densest place on Earth, the colourful, maze-like hotbed of of ‘crime, grime, commerce and hope’ was torn down 20 years ago…
The duo are planning an expanded, follow-up edition…
Yung Shue Au 榕樹凹, translated as ‘Banyan Pass’, is located just outside of Starling Islet within Plover Cove Country Park.
As with many villages in the area, the population dwindled during the 50s, 60s and 70s as the residents left for the city and for Europe, leaving the buildings to be slowly digested by nature.
A half-submerged Vietnamese freighter is currently sat glumly off the coast of Cheung Chau after running aground last month.
A HK URBEX team explored the stricken Sunrise Orient last week…
It was shot with a GoPro HERO 3+ (head), HERO 1 (selfie stick) and a HERO 2 mounted on the DJI Phantom 2…
Deep within Plover Cove country park in the north-eastern fringe of Hong Kong lies the semi-abandoned Hakka Walled Village of Lai Chi Wo 荔枝窩.
It is surrounded by forests, mangroves and remains home to many plants, trees and insects which are unique to the protected ‘GeoPark’ region.
Over 100 years ago, Lai Chi Wo remained a poor village. A Feng Shui expert recommended that a wall be built around the village to retain wealth and ward off bad luck.
Click here for part 1 (photos) of the blog’s coverage of Tai She Wan’s ( 大蛇灣) abandoned holiday resort. Below is a video from the derelict site…
Exploring forgotten corners of HK where nature is winning…
- Abandoned TV studios near Sai Kung.
- Abandoned Villages in HK’s ‘Wild West’ (Fan Lau).
- Central’s Abandoned Prison and Police Station.
- Fung Hang Semi-Abandoned Village.
- HK’s Abandoned ‘Ghost Island’, Yim Tin Tsai.
- Kuk Po, Part 1: Photos from HK’s Borderzone Ghost Town.
- Kuk Po, Part 2: More Shots from the Abandoned Village Outpost.
In 2006, a Wanchai bar owner leased a plot of land in the isolated, abandoned village of Tai She Wan 大蛇灣 (Snake Bay).
Inaccessible by road, it was hoped the secluded ‘Club Captain Bear’ would be a magnet for water sports fans…
The experiment failed and the newly refurbished buildings and swimming pool were left to decay.
Environmental activists, such as Paul Zimmerman, have been campaigning against the construction waste and state of the site.
Hong Wrong teamed up with HK URBEX over the weekend to explore the village…
The Peninsula celebrates its 85 year anniversary this year, which is commemorated with a light show this weekend…
The hotel opened in 1928 and aimed to be “the finest hotel east of Suez“…
The building itself was completed a year earlier but was used temporarily by British military authorities.
It offered unobstructed views of Nathan Road and Lion Rock at the rear…
…and overlooked Kowloon Railway Station and Victoria Harbour at the front.
Mark Kauffman was an award winning photographer for Life Magazine. At 17, he was the youngest person to ever shoot a cover for the publication, where he remained as a staff photographer for 30 years. He died in 1994.
The crystal-clear shots below were taken by Kauffman in 1947, two years after the Japanese occupation of HK ended. They depict busy streets, the cricket club, the statue of Queen Victoria awaiting re-installation after retrieval from Japan and some more recognisable scenes such as trams and bamboo scaffolding.
Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park was opened by businessman Cheung Kwan in 1949.
It was located on the west shore of Lai Chi Kok Bay near Sham Shui Po, covered 1.6 million sq ft, and was said to be the first modern large-scale theme park in southern China.
In 1961, management was transferred to Chiu Tak Kan Deacon, who added many attractions such as Song City and a zoo.
A monorail, which cost HK$13, took visitors around the entire park.
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