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Getting Inked – Photos from the Hong Kong Tattoo Convention
August 26th 2014:This past weekend, the second International Hong Kong Tattoo Convention was held at InnoCentre Hong Kong, gathering together renowned tattoo artists from around the world, along with the best of Hong Kong’s tattooed population.
Hot in Here: A Different Kind of Pool Party
August 15th 2014: It seems that nowhere is safe from the click-clack of mahjong pieces - not even chilling poolside. We have to give these players in Guangzhou points though for not letting a little water stop their game time. But we have to ask, what's up with the goggles?
All Hail the Taxis of Hong Kong's Past
August 12th 2014: If you close your eyes and imagine a taxi you'll most likely see a bright red, boxy number. Of course, we also have our green and blue taxis for the New Territories and Lantau respectively - but the red island cabs will always be closest to our hearts. Most Hong Kongers are familiar with the current Toyota Crown Comfort model.
Only In Japan - Kowloon Walled City Lives On
August 11th 2014: Many Hong Kongers have a love/hate relationship with the Kowloon Walled City, but there's no denying its huge role in our city's history. Many people feel a strong sense of nostalgia for the winding alleys that so many called home. Even those unfamiliar with it first hand are intrigued by the story of the lawless labyrinth.
Full Sails - A Look at the Traditional Junks from Hong Kong's Past
August 8th 2014: Summer rolls on and junk parties are a plenty - but how many of you can say you've spent a day out on a traditional Hong Kong junk? Sadly, the number of these boats still afloat is dwindling, barely seen passing through our harbour anymore. When one is spotted on the horizon, it's hard not to imagine loading one up for a beautiful day out.
Trashy Summer: Aren’t You Glad Hong Kong’s Beaches Don’t Look Like This?
August 8th 2014: Hong Kong has its share of polluted beaches, from washed up bottles and bags to Styrofoam coolers but our community always seems to organize a harbour-side clean up before it gets too bad.
Optimistic Thinking for the Unemployed
July 30th 2014: Been down in the dumps lately because you're unemployed? Try a little bit of optimistic thinking, courtesy of this t-shirt worn by a (possibly oblivious) MTR rider. Lovely, isn't it? Who wants to bet that she has absolutely no clue what her shirt means?
Parks and Recreation: Take a Look at the Concept Designs for the West Kowloon Cultural District Park!
July 28th 2014: We've been pretty impressed by the work of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) so far. Most recently, the in-the-throws development has released the concept designs for their snazzy future park!
Postage with the Mostage - Take a Look at These Vintage Hong Kong Stamps
July 18th 2014: This is one for all the avid philatelists out there! With snail mail amost entirely overshadowed by email nowadays, we thought it;s time to show some love for the beautiful stamps of yesteryear. Courtesy of extensive online library oldhkphoto.com, here are a few of our favourite stamptastic creations!
Sculpting Magic - The Jawdropping Sculpture Work of Artist Johnson Tsang
July 18th 2014: Prepare to feast your eyes on some of the most unique and mind bending sculpture work you'll ever see. Amazingly talented, self taught, award-winning artist Johnson Tsang creates imaginative surrealist sculptures that will make your mind boggle over their beauty.
When the People Come Together - Photographs from the July 1st Protest
July 2nd 2014: As citizens took to the streets for the annual July 1st Protest to show solidarity over a range of issues, including universal suffrage, human rights and general opposition to mainland China, Hong Kong’s netizens armed themselves with their iPhones and shared the experience with the world.
Street Smarts - Photographer Captures Stunning Photographs of Local Hong Kong Street Scenes
June 27th 2014: Like a cold beer on a hot day therefore, we found the work of French photographer Emmanuelle Delattre, whose main focus is the everyday street scenes and local people of Hong Kong, truly refreshing.
The Art of Football - Hong Kong Artists Present World Cup Inspired Series
June 26th 2014: As the ever-so-absorbing World Cup rolls on, Hong Kong artist group Mad Stylus present a homage to the beautiful game that goes a little beyond jerseys and foam fingers. 'Soccer Kings', a series made up of work by up-and-coming local artists Man-Tsun, Harvey Chan and Chow Lee, aims to use football to inspire the imagination of its fans.
Hot in Here: A Different Kind of Pool Party
June 25th 2014: Here are some photographs from a pool party... that may be a little less hot and sultry than you imagined. In a creative way to cool off and have fun in the summer heat, Guangzhou Citizens play mahjong in a swimming pool. It's clear that man kept his goggles on in case he had to dive for pieces.
The Most Active Pandas in the World: See All the Stops on the 1,600 Pandas Tour of Hong Kong!
June 25th 2014: In an impressive artistic feat that saw French artist Paulo Grangeon's little legion travel through six countries to get here, the bears with the notoriously lazy predisposition enjoyed a burst of energy, making their way around 16 major landmarks!
It Must Be the Age of Extinction - Transformers Go By a Different Name in the Fragrant Harbour
June 19th 2014: Want a great spoiler for the upcoming Transformers installment? Hong Kong toy manufacturers have leaked the plot of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' with their creative packaging for their Optimus Prime action figure.
From Concrete to Skyscraper - Hong Kong's Iconic Buildings from Construction to Completion
June 16th 2014: Taking our cue from fellow Hong Kong lovin' website Hong Wrong's recent post, How HK Was Made: Iconic Buildings Under Construction, we've been inspired to hunt around the internet to find pictures of iconic HK buildings in their infancy.
Brain Boggler: Can You Solve This Ridiculous Hong Kong Elementary School Admissions Test Question?
June 16th 2014: It’s not altogether foreign to hear allegations that standards expected from children in Hong Kong have gotten ridiculously high, and are arguably nearing unachievable. We came across this brain teaser that sure proves that theory! Think you can solve it?
Picture Perfect: 10 Picturesque Photographs of Hong Kong in the 50s and 60s
June 11th 2014: We've been on quite a vintage binge as of late, but we doubt any true Hong Kongers are complaining! We've just stumbled across the work of award-winning photographer and filmmaker Fan Ho, whose photographs manage to capture an almost unreal and dreamy side of old Hong Kong.
In The Shadows: Pictures of Shadows that Aren't What They Seem
June 10th 2014: Just like in the story of Peter Pan, shadows can be remarkably sneaky. We found 10 hilariously random photographs when shadows tell a completely different story. Click through to see them all!
Insert Doodle Here: Artist Marty Cooper Livens Up Day-to-Day Life with Cartoons on Transparency Sheets
June 3rd 2014: Illustrators always seem to have the most fun with life. Storyboard artist Marty Cooper livens up everyday scenes by drawing kooky creatures onto transparent sheets and inserting them into otherwise boring situations.
They're Just Like Us! 10 Animals That Might As Well Be Human
June 3rd 2014: With household pets by spending more and more time with us, and captive animals knowing humans better than their own kind, its obvious that with time, they'd pick up our habits and behaviours. Is there anything more delightful than seeing this in action? Here are 10 hilarious photographs of animals acting just like humans.
Vintage Beauties: Old Photographs of People in Hong Kong
May 30th 2014: Whether you're new to our city or a genuine old timer, vintage photographs can't fail to stir up a wonderful sense of nostalgia. There's just something about seeing an uber-modern metropolis in its infancy that reminds you to appreciate the charms of both the past and the present.
Snake Date: Slippery Couple Spotted in Mid Levels!
May 28th 2014: Just a week after we posted an article about three Hong Kong snake attacks this month (one of which left a pet dog dead), Localiiz fan Gina Agresti sent us these unbelievable images. The slippery pair were apparently snapped on Hornsey Road in Mid Levels yesterday afternoon.
Beneath the Wealth: Photographer Depicts the Reality of HK Homelessness
May 27th 2014: ew who have spent a decent amount of time in Hong Kong will have failed to notice that behind the Rolls Royces and sea view mansions lies a desperate homeless population. With his Homeless in Hong Kong series, British photographer Charlie Eady hopes to expose a side of the city that is too often ignored.
The MTR's Newest Feature for Long Commutes
May 21st 2014: Are you one of the less fortunate Hong Kong commuters that has to travel for more than an hour to get from home to work and vise-versa? Well don't fret, as it looks like one local has found a solution to your woes! On Monday night, this man decided to string a hammock across a compartment, taking his comfort into his own hands.
From Station to Station: Couple Take Adorable Photographs at Every MTR Stop
May 21st 2014: Hong Kongers sure love the MTR! Last year, Tim Littlechild and Chantal Shafie of RTHK's Something For the Weekend broke a Guinness World Record during their epic one-day MTR Challenge, visiting all 83 stations in eight hours and 18 minutes. Just today, we came across a whole new MTR marathon...
Star Gazing – Photographer Brings Out the Little-Seen Beauty of Hong Kong’s Night Sky
May 21st 2014: We’re lucky to have an abundance of talented photographers in Hong Kong, but for reasons of light pollution and the ever-present smog, not many train their lenses any higher than the top of the ICC.
Hong Kongllywood - Great Films that Use Our City as their Backdrop
May 16th 2014: Hong Kong's film industry is one of the most lucrative and well-respected in the world. Home to the so-called "Batman Building" and having inspired the awesomely dystopic look of Blade Runner, it's safe to say our city is big on the Big Screen.
Train to the Past: See Five Photographs of the MTR In its Infancy
May 15th 2014: Thanks to the avid snappers/geeks who have documented our beloved transport system since its birth in 1979, we're able to take a trip down memory lane and coo at the innocence of the young MTR - before it got all corrupted by Octopus Cards, moving walkways and Candy Crush.
A Look at SCMP Cartoonist Harry Harrison's Best Hong Kong Satires
May 14th 2014: South China Morning Post (SCMP) cartoonist Harry Harrison is nothing short of a household name in Hong Kong. His column Harry's View allows us to take a break from the corruption scandals and government failures and encourages us to laugh along with his more light-hearted view of the city's news.
Hong Kong Then And Now
May 14th 2014: Want to see what Hong Kong looked like more than 50 years ago? Thanks to flickr user HK Man's thorough Old HK photo stream, we're able to see side-by-side comparisons of the city now and then. Cheers for putting in the leg work so we don't have to Mr Man! Get ready for an epic Hong Kong throwback.
Human Nature - Michael Wolf is Back at it Again with 'Hong Kong Flora'
May 13th 2014: When we last checked in with prolific Hong Kong photographer Michael Wolf, we dove straight into exploring his project Hong Kong Trilogy, the first of his intended series of nine books on the city's vernacular culture. To coincide with the launch of this month's Chai Wan Mei Festival, Wolf has released the latest offering, Hong Kong Flora.
Hong Kong Illustrated - Little Someone Commemorates Hong Kong with Adorable Doodles
May 12th 2014: Local Hong Kong artist Syrus Kwan has created an adorable and unique way to treasure the lives of him and his friends in Hong Kong with a delightful illustration series.
Lighting Up The Dark Side – Art Basel to Bathe Kowloon in Neon
May 12th 2014: It’s time for Hong Kong’s ‘Dark Side’ to have its moment as the brightest star of Victoria Harbour. Art Basel will be making its mark on our city from May 15th - 18th, and clearly isn’t shunning the oft-ignored Kowloon. The show will see two of Kowloon’s most iconic buildings graced with large-scale light installations!
One Umbrella To Rule Them All!
May 12th 2014: Think you've got an awesome umbrella? Nope! Associate Foreign Press Photojournalist Alex Ogle snapped a photo of the dude with the best umbrella, ever! Perhaps not his finest photojournalism effort... but he is reporting news all the same!
Forget First World Problems - Take a Look at Hong Kong's Illegal Microapartments
May 9th 2014: Our densely populated city is well known for its ridiculously high rents and its tiny homes. But do you really know how tiny they get? Stop saying that you don't have closet space! To open your eyes, the Society for Community Organization (SoCO) have produced these photographs highlighting life in HK's microapartments.
Employee of Every Year – Thanks to Those Wonderful People Who Do the World’s Hardest 24/7 Job for Free!
May 9th 2014: Would you apply for the world's toughest job? To your surprise, there are many people in the world who currently fill this position. Do you think you can guess who they are? Watch the video to find out!
Weirdly Brilliant - The Ten Strangest and Funniest Photographs Ever
May 9th 2014: Prepare to be confused. You're about to see some of the strangest, and yet brilliant, photographs out there. Just what on earth is going on? Think you can offer an explanation? Click through the pictures to see all our favourite incomprehensible moments!
Do You Smell The Irony? - The Ten Most Ironic Moments Captured In Photo
May 5th 2014: In our self absorbed digital generation, a camera phone is our worst enemy. With internet trolls on the prowl looking for good chuckles, you've always got to be on point! These pictures however, prove that sometimes people let their guard down. Perhaps they're just going about trolling themselves!
Proof That Hong Kongers Win The Vanity Plate Game
May 5th 2014: The competition of having the best vanity plate on the road is something that rich people all over the world have dabbled with for many, many years. From a city where wealth is in abundance, and where license plates are of a much larger font size, it's clear that Hong Kongers have a significant advantage.
Panoramic City: Photographer Creates Interactive 360° Experience of Hong Kong
May 2nd 2014: With the panoramic function being a staple on iPhones and Androids alike, almost anyone can now take panoramic pictures. But not everyone can do it quite as well as self-taught Hong Kong photography enthusiast Wong Chi Chuen, who we stumbled across on 360 Cities, a website that acts like a fancy high-def Google Street View.
Give Them Something To Remember - The Most Creative Business Card Designs
April 30th 2014: For those involved in the savvy business world of Hong Kong, you no doubt have received and given out a countless number of business cards whilst networking. Want to give someone a less than cookie-cutter business card that'll make someone remember your name and who you are in an instant? Here are some ideas.
Blasts From The Past: Vintage Hong Kong Tourism Posters
April 29th 2014: Hong Kong's streets are always flooded with tourists. And who blames them for coming? Our city is a great one that leaves visitors with unforgettable memories. But how different was Hong Kong for a tourist in the 1950s, compared to the city that we know now?
The Best Hong Kong Memes
April 24th 2014: With the huge influx of websites doing their own 'Best of Hong Kong' lists, it's clearly time for Localiiz to jump on the bandwagon and give you one of our own. Inspired by Buzzfeed's awesome post 39 Things Only People Who Live in Hong Kong Will Understand, we present to you... The Best Hong Kong Memes!
Foodie Facts: A Visual Gourmet Guide to Food in Hong Kong
April 24th 2014: Calling all HK foodies! I highly doubt you need more proof to persuade you that Hong Kong is foodie heaven (your belly is proof enough), but who doesn't love a good infographic? Graphic designer Darren Kingman created a wonderful visual gourmet guide highlighting the best facts about our city's gourmet scene.
Cloudy With A Chance Of...Illustrations?
April 22nd 2014: Ever laid out watching the sky, trying to spot shapes in the clouds? Well French artist Thomas Lamadieu has taken the idea of one step further with his SkyArt series. Adding adorable and imaginative doodles into the clear skies of aerial photographs, Lamadieu turns open and otherwise ignored space into works of art.
Etch-A-Sketch: Kong Kai Ming’s Realistic Sketches of Hong Kong
April 15th 2014: Local 82-year-old artist and Bronze Bauhinia Star winner Kong Kai Ming has gained fame in his lifetime for being one of the few famous local artists who was born and educated in Hong Kong. Gaining recognition for his sketches of the city, his work is now being showcased at Cawah Arts Gallery till April 20th.
Bad Grandpa: Hong Kong Edition
April 11th 2014: Think you had a long week? Clearly not as long as this guy! Don't worry dude, it happens to the best of us!
The Best Seat in the House: Spectacular Photographs Taken From Airplanes
April 11th 2014: Is Sure, there are perks to sitting in the aisle seat, but none better than the perk of the view from a window seat. Here are some jaw-dropping views, all taken from the cushiony comfort of an airplane window seat!
The Derp Brigade - Brighten Your Day with these Hilarious Animal Faces!
April 11th 2014: Is Hong Kong just too hot to bear? Did you get smushed up against a stinky guy on the MTR? Don't worry, we've got just the thing to make your day a little bit brighter. There's nothing better than a silly looking animal to bring a smile to your face, so here are some pictures of the derpiest fluffers around to turn that frown upside down!
Weather Treasure - Breathtaking Photographs of Hong Kong's Weather
April 8th 2014: As seen from the epic storms on March 31st, Hong Kong's weather can be unpredictable and amazing, all at the same time. Local Hong Kong photographer Hudson Ng (aka Photo by GOD) has managed to capture some brilliantly breathtaking weather wonders that fully showcase the power and beauty of Mother Nature.
Hey Doll - Artists use Barbies to Present Women's Immortality
April 3rd 2014: Artistic sibling duo Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté have come together to bring Hong Kong the wonderfully original 'Kill Biie, Doll Never Dies' exhibition. Using the iconic Barbie, the pair, known as Akashi-Notté, push limits with their art by placing the dolls in dramatically 'unladylike' scenarios in a bid to present them as "superwomen".
The Other Side of Hong Kong - Jeffrey Poon's Hong Kong Naturescapes
April 2nd 2014: Local and self-taught photographer Jeffrey Poon has gained attention in the Hong Kong community with his unconventional pictures of our city. Instead of focusing only on photographing only the typical city landscape and skyline, Jeffrey ventures out around our vast but small home and captures the beauty of Hong Kong's nature.
Oodles of Doodles - Literal Scribbes to Brighten Your Day
April 1st 2014: The talented Lizzy Nicholls, creator of 'Literal Scribbles' has blessed the internet with her wonderful and very pun-tastic doodles. Her drawings are a delightful take on common day-to-day phrases and everyday situations, presented in a different light.
Kai Tak Heyday - Photographs of Hong Kong's Old Airport
March 31st 2014: If there was one thing that added to the allure of flying to and from Hong Kong between 1928 to 1988, it was landing and taking off from Kai Tak Airport. It was an experience unlike any other for both pilot and passengers, as huge commercial planes dipped below the cloud line to find themselves completely surrounded by high rises.
Deeper Underground - HK URBEX Explores The MTR Tunnels
March 31st 2014: Localiiz's favourite brave adventurers, HK URBEX, have dived deep underground in the first installment of their subterranean series. Exploring the underground construction site of the MTR South Island Line, they bring us all a first hand insight into life below street level in our city.
Freaky Weekend Weather!
March 31st 2014: Did you catch our coverage of last nights insane weather storm? Don't fret if you've missed it - Here is a compilation of photographs from yesterday storm. We've also decided to include some photoshop-ed jems into the mix - for all those jokers out there!
Pranksters Paradise - April Fools Tricks For The Office
March 28th 2014: April Fools is just around the corner and it's time to think of some great ways to pull the perfect pranks on your fellow colleagues. Need some prankster inspiration? Take a look at these brilliant office pranks sure to bring out the devious side of you!
Hilarious Examples of Clever Vandalism
March 27th 2014: Ever see a sign when you're out and about that's just asking to be drawn on? Well these gutsy fellows decided to take the creative leap to add a little spice to some common street signs! Humour yourself with these hilarious vandalism's are sure to make you chuckle!
Photobombing Glory - The Art of Stealing The Show!
March 26th 2014: If there's one glorified trend to come out of the current generation - it's photobombing! We do it, celebrities do it, and it always guarantees a good laugh.We reckon it now requires some actual talent to successfully photobomb a photo.
Surreal Photographs of Hong Kong's Cityscapes
March 24th 2014: Yet another talented photographer has chosen to photograph our magnificent city - and this time, German photographer Jens Fersterra captures Hong Kong in a way that makes it look positively unreal in his series "Hong Kong Cityscapes."
Stick It To The Man - The Ultimate Rule Breakers!
March 21st 2014: Never one to follow the rules? These people definitely could give you a run for your money! Based off Bored Panda's hilarious list - we bring you some hilarious pictures of some sassy rule breakers, who aren't afraid to show you who's boss!
The Funniest DIY Costume Ideas
March 18th 2014: Creative and hilarious Anucha Saengchart from Thailand has thought up some brilliant DIY costume ideas, all made from cheap household objects. His Facebook Page Low Cost Cosplay has received a ton of attention with over 100,000 likes, featuring submissions from other costume creatives out there.
Tramarama! - Hong Kong's Tram Evolution
March 10th 2014: Hong Kong's Tram system is one of the oldest and most iconic transportation systems within our cities history. Thus, it is expected that our trams have gone through a couple of face-lifts over time. Thanks to a wonderful post on Gwulo.com, we're able to take a look at just how much trams have evolved over time.
The Perfect Solution For Albert Ho
March 7th 2014: Hey, Albert Ho! Want a solution to your iPad woes in your next meeting?Avoid the judging eyes of the media with this simple solution!
What's My Age Again? - A Fun Photography Project Closing The Generation Gap
March 5th 2014: Ageism is a common form of discrimination in society. You're either too young, too old, or having a mid-life crisis. Thankfully, a project by a creative photographer who goes by the name of Qozop helps you to forget that ageism even exists!
A Hilariously Accurate Depiction of Admiralty Station at Rush Hour
March 5th 2014: Are you one of the many unlucky souls whose work commute involves the Admiralty MTR station? The popular Facebook page Hong Kong Memes posted this great graphic on their page, credited to Tyler Faust.
Smog City: Beijing Offers Newlyweds Something Far From A Fairytale Wedding Setting
March 3rd 2014: A Beijing based newlywed couple has clearly found the ultimate silver lining in taking their wedding photos in the heavy polluted streets of their city.
Do You Know Your Cantonese Proverbs?
March 3rd 2014: Creative minds always find the most unique ways to represent an idea. Graphic Designer 阿塗(Ah To) has illustrated a beautiful piece of work titled 'The Great Canton and Hong Kong Proverbs' depicting 81 cantonese proverbs.
The Beauty in Hong Kong's Urban Architecture
March 3rd 2014: Hong Kong has proven to be the perfect muse for photographers around the world. We've stumbled across the work of Gabor Erdelyi from Hungary, and his photographic project titled 'Urban Lines.' His project features the architecture of our very own Hong Kong from his visit to the fragrant harbour in 2010.
The Selfie Generation - Animated Video Warning About Self Obsession
February 28th 2014: Everyone takes selfies nowadays. Mobile Phone companies have developed front facing cameras just for selfie purposes. Turn to the person next to you at a restaurant and they're probably taking a selfie. Take a look on instagram? Selfie central. We live in the selfie generation and no ones ashamed to admit it! Until now.
Office Life - The Imaginative World of Small People and Office Stationary
February 28th 2014: Every wondered what happens at the office after the last person leaves? German artist Bettina Güber shows us exactly what via her imaginative 'Office Life - Small People' series, featuring miniature toy figures and office stationary.
The Two Russian Climbers Living Life On The Edge in Asia
February 21st 2014: There is only a handful of people in the world that you could classify as truly fearless, but rouge Russian climbers Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov are definitely two of them.
3D Tattoos - Taking Body Art to The Next Level
February 21st 2014: Take a look at these amazingly realistic 3D tattoos that are sure to have you doing a double take. They must have taken a seriously long time, but no pain, no gain right? How long before these catch on in Hong Kong do you think?
Lost In Translation: Hilarious Chinese to English Translation Mistakes
February 20th 2014: Is there anything better than spotting a hilarious translation fail? We've found ten belly laughter inducing Chinese to English translation mistakes that'll definitely help to brighten your day!
Where In The World Has The Most Public Holidays?
February 19th 2014: Hong Kong wins with the most public holidays! And well deserved considering the average Hong Konger works about 49 hours a week. We sure are feeling sorry for Singapore though. Four public holidays in a year? Must be rough!
Lean Back: Comfort While Driving Is Key
February 17th 2014: Talk about bringing a whole new meaning to low-riding!
Brrr! Can You Imagine A Snowy Hong Kong?
February 11th 2014: Hong Kong has definitely been feeling the chill these past few days. Although it's nowhere near as cold as Japan and Canada, we're still complaining bitterly. Can you imagine how us Hong Kongers would cope if our city looked like this?
Sochi's So Confused - Hong Kong Colonial British Flag Used At Sochi Olympics
February 10th 2014: The popular red and white bauhinia Hong Kong flag has become an iconic image in identifying our beautiful city. Sochi however, doesn't seem to be aware of the association.
Horsing Around Hong Kong - Hilarious Video Marks Year of The Horse
February 10th 2014: A tad belated, but never too late to celebrate the Year of the Horse with a hilarious Hong Kong video!
Blohk Party Recap
February 10th 2014: Just released. For all those who dragged themselves out the weekend after Clockenflap, here’s a reminder of the awesomeness that was Blohk Party...
How Not to be an A**hole on the MTR!
February 8th 2014: We hope any Hong Kong newbies are taking notes of how not to be a "Si Fat Guai" on the MTR!