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Last December, a 31-year-old artist from London visited Hong Kong and amazed everyone by his drawings of out own home town. The artists name is Stephen Wiltshire and his story is very special.

Stephen Wiltshire: 'Hong Kong is very beautiful and easy to draw.'

When Stephen was three years old, he was unable to speak. He screamed a lot and appeared to live in his own world. Doctors said he has autism. He went to a special school when he was five and his teachers noticed he enjoyed drawing. By the time he was eight, he was drawing cities he had seen in books and everyone realised that he had an incredible talent. Stephen was able to look at a building then draw it in minute detail just a few minutes or even months later. At 13, he was destined as 'the best child artist in Britain.'

Stephen was invited to visit Hong Kong last December by shopping centres owned by the MTR Corporation. Whilst he was here, he took a 20-minute helicopter ride over Victoria Harbour. He later drew the buildings along the Hong Kong waterfront.

He described Hong Kong as being very beautiful and easy to draw! His favourite buildings was the IFC2 tower. He spent four days drawing from memory what he had seen, producing an incredibly accurate sketch measuring 10 metres by one metre.

Today, some of Stephen's drawings sell for around HK$600,000. A lot of this money goes to charities that look after other people who have autism, just like him.


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