Hiking, travel and adventures around Hong Kong and Asia.

HKFP Guide to Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden – a green haven for Hong Kong’s native plants and animals

Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden (KFBG) was initially founded by Sir Horace Kadoorie in 1956 to offer agricultural advice to farmers and enable them to live more independently. It provides local farms with vital skills, agricultural supplies and cheap, or interest-free, loans. The experimental agricultural project grew over the years, with themed gardens designed and […]

HKFP Lens: HKURBEX team explores a long-abandoned Hong Kong cinema

During the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, HKURBEX explored an abandoned cinema on one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands. Their photos capture the lingering magic of the movies from almost a century ago. With cinemas across the world shuttered due to the pandemic, the group sought out one they could still visit. What they found […]

HKFP Venture: Kat O, Hong Kong’s forgotten island – once its international gateway

Off the shore of Hong Kong’s north-easternmost corner lies Kat O, an island of fishing villages with a little-known history. Deserted under a decree during the Ming dynasty, it was re-inhabited by Hakka settlers in the 1660’s. Historically, the island served as an important resting stop for boats travelling between Hong Kong and the mainland. […]

HKFP Venture: Ma Wan’s abandoned village frozen in time as final residents evicted

Once a thriving fishing village with stilt houses, restaurants and a school, Ma Wan village now lies abandoned, slowly crumbling beneath the imposing Park Island residential complex and Tsing Ma bridge. In the 1980s, the town had a population of several thousand, though by 2000, it was home to around 800. Fish farming was the main […]

HKFP Venture: The magnificent mosques, mausoleums and minarets of Uzbekistan

Rich in history and home to some of the world’s most kaleidoscopic and intricate Islamic architecture, Uzbekistan is finally opening up to tourism. At the heart of the old Silk Road, the landlocked, ex-Soviet country has the largest population among the Central Asian “stans.” It is slowly undergoing reforms following the death of authoritarian leader […]

HKFP Venture: Uzbekistan’s stunningly ornate metro stations revealed after photography ban lifted

For decades, a photography ban was enforced across the Uzbek capital’s metro network. Central Asia’s oldest subway system fulfilled a secondary role as a nuclear fallout shelter, meaning the authorities considered it a military installation. See also: The magnificent mosques, mausoleums and minarets of Uzbekistan But on June 1, the ban was lifted revealing 29 uniquely […]

HKFP Venture: Abandoned dreams – Hong Kong’s derelict Sea Ranch luxury club house, now and then

In an accessible area of south-west Lantau Island 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.” The complex was completed in 1979, but accrued massive debt and was the subject of years of […]

In Pictures: Mother Nature runs wild on China’s emerald island of Shengshan

China’s rampant development has sent nature into full retreat, but in one village the countryside has crept back to reclaim lost ground. Houtouwan was once a thriving fishing community of sturdy brick homes clinging to the steep hills of the island of Shengshan. But it’s now abandoned, with entire houses completely overgrown as if shrink-wrapped in […]

Video: Hong Kong urbexers explore Wan Chai’s historic Nam Koo Terrace mansion

HKURBEX explores Wan Chai’s Nam Koo Terrace mansion, one of the best known Grade 1 Historical Buildings in Hong Kong. 「南固臺」Nam Koo Terrace exploration 灣仔南固臺相信好多人都會認識。大宅有超過一百年歷史,係屬於第一級歷史建築物。今年業主合和實業向城市規劃委員會呈交改劃申請,有望活化成證婚場所。 // Wan Chai’s Nam Koo Terrace mansion is one of the best known Grade 1 Historical Buildings in Hong Kong and also one with much notoriety. During World War 2 it […]


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