Dongguan: Tomorrowland

Disneyland for adults: What kind of imagery does that conjure up? A while ago Dongguan was officially busted for its sex dens and the poor women (whether they chose to work in the sex industry or not) humiliated before the media. So does the city deserve its reputation as nothing more than a seedy halfway […]

Shenzhen: The Gentrification of OCT

Before now I have spoken of my concerns for the future of Shenzhen and in particular my favourite haunt, the OCT and its older rustic apartments (where the local Chinese communities reside). On my most recent visit it seems this process has indeed begun albeit with the pavements. Does this mean that the days of […]

Shekou: The New Monaco?

‘I’ve seen the future and it will be, I’ve seen the future and it will be…’ Prince In China ‘boomtown’ is most definitely a byword for Shenzhen. Whenever I return my time is habitually spent re-visiting places of interest. Trying to fit everything in is sometimes a logistical non-starter and usually something is omitted (this […]

After Zaha

  When the infamous row over her Cardiff Bay Opera House project was raging, I’d never heard of Zaha Hadid. Admittedly I wasn’t too enthralled with her design either. It was 1995 and Hadid’s prize winning work was poorly received and eventually shelved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Bay_Opera_House It seemed insular of Wales to choose one of its own […]

Shenzhen: Pictures from the Nanhai Hilton

My thanks to Hilton Hotels for allowing me to shoot their fantastic new property. If you like my images and want me to cover your hotel please contact me here. So far I’ve covered properties mainly in South-East Asia (China/Hong Kong/Taiwan), Thailand, Malaysia, Wales and Belgium. Please check my HOTELS PORTFOLIO over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvinhayesofficial/sets/72157636205390496 Hilton Shenzhen Shekou […]

Shenzhen: Swiftly Surging Skyward

Two years after a change in visa rules forced my departure, I return for a 24 hour look at China’s fourth city and my favourite so far. At the risk of sounding pompous, if it is possible to have a love affair with a city other than Paris and my own capital Cardiff, Shenzhen is […]

Cardiff’s own Futurology

       In the wake of the Manic Street Preachers recent release Futurology I decided to add my comments on the upcoming plans for ‘our’ Cardiff (if you don’t know – the capital city of Wales). Sometimes known locally as Kairdiff or the ‘diff, it’s a love affair that smoulders via my extended absence. In […]