OUR PICK FROM THE YEAR THAT WAS

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HK FOCUS - ED­MOND TANG, ROY LIU, PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY

1. All cam­era lenses are trained on sep­a­ratist law­mak­ers-elect Yau Wai-ching and Six­tus Le­ung Chung-hang af­ter they storm into the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil on Oct 26. The pair were dis­qual­i­fied in Novem­ber, as High Court found they had de­clined to take the oaths of of­fice as re­quired by law. 2. A Noc­tiluca scin­til­lans al­gal bloom glows in the wa­ters next to Shek O beach in Hong Kong. April 8. 3. A stray cow seems in­tent on push­ing an in­ert ex­ca­va­tor at Mui Wo beach, Lan­tau Is­land, to life. July 19. 4. Rub­bish float­ing on the wa­ters in Pui O, Lan­tau Is­land. July 20. 5. Rid­ers com­pet­ing in Men’s Om­nium Elim­i­na­tion Race dur­ing the 2015-16 UCI Track Cy­cling World Cup at the Hong Kong Velodrome on Jan 16. 6. Fire­fight­ers strug­gle to douse the flames at Amoy­can In­dus­trial Cen­tre in Kowloon Bay on June 22. 7. A few in­trepid peo­ple are out en­joy­ing the lash­ings of typhoon Haima on the shores of Sai Wan, on Oct 21. 8. The su­per­moon on Nov 14 — the clos­est a full moon was sighted from Earth since 1948 — is set off against ob­ser­va­tion wheel in Cen­tral, the clos­est a full moon has been to Earth since 1948. 9. Smoke rises as ri­ot­ers start a fire on a street in Mong Kok on Feb 9. 10. A ri­oter is sub­dued by the po­lice on a street in Mong Kok on Feb 9. 11. A stu­dent has fun cross­ing a flooded street in Tai Po on Oct 19. 12. A player from South Africa tack­les a New Zealan­der dur­ing a fi­nal-day match at the Hong Kong Sev­ens rugby tour­na­ment. April 9. 13. Rugby fans wear iden­ti­cal rub­ber masks with funny faces on the fi­nal day of Hong Kong Rugby Sev­ens tour­na­ment at Hong Kong Sta­dium. April 10. 14. High-rise res­i­den­tial blocks in Tai Po are dwarfed by a bolt of light­ning in July. 15. Ath­letes troop down a street in Mong Kok, dur­ing the Hong Kong Marathon on Jan 17. 16. Poke­mon Go play­ers gather at Tin Shui Wai Tin Sau Road Park to cap­ture crea­tures from the game on July 26. 17. Restau­rant hands catch up on lost sleep on a stair­case land­ing in Cause­way Bay. June 18. 18. A staff mem­ber of Regis­tra­tion and Elec­toral Of­fice catches a breather at the Cen­tral Count­ing Sta­tion at the Asia-World-Expo, Lan­tau, on Sept 5. 19. Prayer at Vic­to­ria Park in Cause­way Bay to mark the end of the month-long fast ob­served by Mus­lims dur­ing Ra­madan on July 6. 20. A ju­bi­lant Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong and his son leave the court of fi­nal ap­peal in Cen­tral as he is granted bail on July 12. 21. Pedes­tri­ans in Cen­tral. Jan 26. 22. Res­cuers search for pos­si­ble ca­su­al­ties af­ter the 900-square-me­ter grass-cov­ered roof of an in­door hall at a City Univer­sity of Hong Kong sports cen­ter col­lapsed on May 20. 23. Stu­dents from the Chi­nese main­land mak­ing the daily com­mute to Hong Kong exit from the Fu­tian bor­der es­corted by par­ents on April 14. 24. Ven­dors in a wet mar­ket in Sham Shui Po find a place to rest their tired heads on the roof of the stalls they do busi­ness from.

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