HIROJI Kubota shot more than 3,500 rolls of film and travelled more than 800,000 kms by plane and car over 700 days to provide a Portrait of America, From Sea to Shining Sea, which is showing at the Pao Galleries of the Arts Centre in Wan Chai. Kubota's photographs are richly colourful and graphic. As one critic said: 'They are the truth, no more, no less. There is no artifice in them and no exaggeration.' The show continues until December 27. Photographer Pierre Verger, 92, captured scenes of everyday life in Beijing and Shanghai between 1934 and 1937. These atmospheric views of a bygone world can be seen at the Hanart TZ Gallery, 5/F Old Bank of China Building, Central, until Christmas, together with the present-day images of China's landscape by Lois Conner and prints by modern Chinese artists such as Hong Hao, Chung Tai and Wang Huaxiang. Continuing to the end of the week is Men and Women, the first Hong Kong exhibition by Shanghai artist Shi Dawei. He specialises in traditional Chinese figure painting, exuding humour and charm in his modern approach to classical themes. On display at Mandarin Oriental Arts, the Mandarin Oriental in Central. Wattis Fine Art is providing a Window to 1995: A Group Show until Friday (and then continuing from January 10-26). The show, at 20 Hollywood Road, features among others, works by Karen McKeon, Andrew Morrison and Nicholas Hely Hutchinson (whose latest exhibition of Hong Kong views went down such a storm). The Fung Ping Shan Museum at the University of Hong Kong is the venue for the 21st Annual Exhibition of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Society, a joint show with the Meeting Point Artists' Association of Canada, which continues until January 14. From today until Thursday more than 300 paintings will be on show in An Exhibition of Acclaimed Chinese Artists at the Exhibition Gallery, 7/F City Hall, Central, featuring Chen Yun Lok, Feng Chiang Jiang and Ju Ran. In January at the Convention and Exhibition Centre's Gallery Cafe, the monthly Tea and Art show enters cartoon land with the World of American Animation Art. All the favourites will be there in still life: from Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin to Bugs Bunny and The Flintstones. The show, held in association with Animation Cel-Art, runs from January 3 to February 3. The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is holding an exhibition, Ancient Chinese Tea Wares, which features more than 100 items of precious items dating from the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) from the collection of the National Museum of Chinese History. It continues at the museum in Hong Kong Park until March 14.