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What makes Michael Wolf stand above other photographers is his knack for capturing things that appear mundane and inconsequential within the chaos of the urban environment, and turning them into thought-provoking discoveries… Wolf makes us look at and appreciate the surprising multitude of delightful urban phenomena that we tend to overlook or under appreciate. By this means, he challenges the assumptions we have about the city we think we know. 吳爾夫 (Michael Wolf) 在攝影界中傲視同儕,是他能以卓越的攝影技巧,把煩囂都市生活中捕捉到平平無奇的小事,換化成令人細味的影像。我們自以為很了解這個城市,吳爾夫卻利用攝影,讓我們體會到這些被我們忽略了的有趣景象。 In Hong Kong Corner Houses, the internationally renowned German photographer Michael Wolf continues with his visual quest for the overlooked and underappreciated urban phenomena that give a city its special character. This time, he draws our attention to Hong Kong’s urban corners and buildings that are often inconspicuous amid the high-rise, high-density urban clutter of Hong Kong. These ordinary residential-commercial buildings of 1950s and 1960s vintage represent the expression of local Chinese pragmatism and expediency in the economic austerity of early postwar decades. The photographic presentation captures the inherent paradoxes of their architectural character: the quiet prominence, attractive banality, and tectonic chaos that give urban Hong Kong its endearing quality. Complementing the superb photographs of Michael Wolf, Hong Kong Corner Houses features an essay and extended captions by two of Hong Kong’s best-known academics in the field of architectural conservation, Drs. Lynne DiStefano and Lee Ho Yin. 在《街頭街尾》一書裏,國際聞名的德國攝影師 Michael Wolf再次運用敏銳的觀察力,尋覓一些常被忽略和忽視的香港城市現象,令讀者重新發現,隱藏在高樓林立的市區中別具風格的「街頭街尾」建築。 《街頭街尾》內所載的建築物,皆是五、六十年代的商住大廈。它們的出現,反映了香港華人在戰後的艱難條件下,如何運用務實的設計,應付迅速增長的屋宇需求。在這些其貌不揚、平平無奇和看似雜亂無章的建築物當中,Michael Wolf以卓越的攝影技巧,捕捉了它們生氣勃勃的一面,換化成令人細味的影像。這些充滿矛盾的特點正是香港引人入勝之處。 本書有幸邀請了香港大學著名的建築文物保護學者李浩然博士(Lee Ho Yin)和狄麗玲博士(Lynne DiStefano),為《街頭街尾》撰寫緒言及補充圖片說明。
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Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this book provides ready access to legislation and practice concerning the environment in Hong Kong. A general introduction covers geographic considerations, political, social and cultural aspects of environmental study, the sources and principles of environmental law, environmental legislation, and the role of public authorities. The main body of the book deals first with laws aimed directly at protecting the environment from pollution in specific areas such as air, water, waste, soil, noise, and radiation. Then, a section on nature and conservation management covers protection of natural and cultural resources such as monuments, landscapes, parks and reserves, wildlife, agriculture, forests, fish, subsoil, and minerals. Further treatment includes the application of zoning and land-use planning, rules on liability, and administrative and judicial remedies to environmental issues. There is also an analysis of the impact of international and regional legislation and treaties on environmental regulation. Its succinct yet scholarly nature, as well as the practical quality of the information it provides, make this book a valuable resource for environmental lawyers handling cases affecting Hong Kong. Academics and researchers, as well as business investors and the various international organizations in the field, will welcome this very useful guide, and will appreciate its value in the study of comparative environmental law and policy.
The Pocket Guide to Hong Kong and Macau celebrates the sheer energy of these two former European colonies, sitting just 60km apart on the south China coast. It includes the lowdown on the incredible shopping opportunities and cutting-edge architecture of Hong Kong's downtown, its parks and harbourside cityscapes, all existing alongside more traditional temples and street markets. Further afield are the under-appreciated beaches, rural landscapes and old walled villages of the New Territories, easy to reach in even a short visit, but often overlooked. Across the Pearl River and close enough for day-trips, Macau's eighteenth-century churches and lanes incongruously rub shoulders with ludicrously ostentatious casinos. This full-colour guide features inspirational photography and detailed, reliable maps that show you the best of the city. There are up-to-the-minute reviews of the region's incredible dining and entertainment opportunities too, from indigenous Macanese cuisine and the best places to greet the day with a traditional dim sum breakfast, to Lan Kwai Fong's bars and old colonial hotels where you can have afternoon tea. The Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong and Macau is the perfect companion for a city break. Now available in ePub format.
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After the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) critical December 2005 Hong Kong ministerial meeting, negotiations to implement the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) broke down completely in the summer of 2006. This book offers a detailed and critical evaluation of how and why the negotiations arrived at this point and what the future holds for the WTO. It brings together leading scholars in the field of trade from across the social sciences who address the key issues at stake, the principal players in the negotiations, the role of fairness and legitimacy in the Doha Round, and the prospects for the DDA’s conclusion. The WTO after Hong Kong is the most comprehensive account of the current state of the World Trade Organization and will be of enormous interest to students of trade politics, international organizations, development and international political economy.
With cutting-edge architecture, chic restaurants, and hotels alongside ancient temples, outdoor markets, and hole-in-the-wall dim sum establishments, Hong Kong is an intoxicating destination. Whether travelers are stopping over on the way to a farther destination or spending a week in the city, this full-color guide will inspire them to experience all that Hong Kong has to offer. EXPANDED COVERAGE: New hotel and restaurant recommendations have been added througout this new edition to keep up with Hong Kong's constantly evolving offerings. Coverage of Macau is even more user-friendly and accessible than ever. INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Features on Top Attractions, free experiences, and what to do with kids make it easy to plan a trip. Best bets charts for restaurants and hotels; easy-to-read color regional maps; and tips on how to make the most of your time make it easy to enjoy the best Hong Kong has to offer. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Hong Kong ebook edition offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ON-THE-GO MAP: A handy take-along companion map of Hong Kong gives travelers essential information about top attractions, walking tours, and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

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