“A requirement forcing all air passengers arriving at Hong Kong to be tested for the coronavirus will remain in place going forward, a leading city health official said, with experts predicting the practice will become standard at airports around the world as the aviation industry adapts to a new normal once the pandemic recedes.”
From the South China Morning Post. Read the rest here.
Beijing is not only buying Africa, now it’s building its own cities in other countries. Here, in Cambodia,
“Union Development Group (UDG), the Chinese developer behind Koh Kong province’s $3.8 billion tourism project called Dara Sakor, has unveiled plans for yet another project called “Tourism Vacation Town,”
an investment of an additional $1.2 billion dollars, while in Malaysia, a proposed new city of 700,000, the $100 billion Forest City project looks a lot like mainland China’s Shenzen, which is perched on the border with Hong Kong. Forest City would sit just across the Johor Strait from Singapore. It’s running into resistance from the Malaysian leadership, though. 93-year-old leader Mahathir Mohamad said this week
“that no foreigners would be allowed to live there even as crews rushed to complete some residential towers before buyers move in later this year.”
This could be my single favorite HDR. Since the Sydney, Australia area is on Australia’s east coast it catches the sun’s first light each day. Here, waves crash against the rocks across the harbor from downtown, just south of Manly Beach, below the bedroom community of Watson’s Bay. Click it to enlarge.
See 408 more photos in the Australia Gallery and 562 more photos in the HDR Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.
If you’re vaguely aware that polite young people have been on the streets of Hong Kong but it’s kind of hard to keep up with events on the other side of the world (and with a big BOO to the local paper‘s strict paywall), read this one article to bring you up to speed at a potentially defining moment in the protests:
TV Face-Off Dramatizes Gulf Between Hong Kong Protesters and Officials
Here’s a quote:
Nick Lee, 24, a cook living in the blue-collar district of Mong Kok, where some of the worst clashes have taken place, said: “[Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying] thinks he cannot give more power to the people, but I should have the power, not him.”
Xi Jinping and his mandarins in Zhongnanhai know all too well that Nick Lee has exactly such power. They must lie awake at night conjuring ever newer ways to keep that precise knowledge from their greater mainland public.
Don’t know photo credit. Via @samuel_wade