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Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Hong Kong-Macau-PRC

All photos taken on May 5, 1982.

Today was the tour we were most looking forward to on the Hong Kong portion of our trip. We were headed to Macau by hydrofoil and once there, we would board a bus for a short tour into the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

After transferring from our hotel to the Hong Kong Ferry Terminal by bus, we settled in for the one hour ride on the Flying Ibis. It was a grey, overcast day with choppy seas, so not much to see, as we made our way to Macau.

After clearing Immigration at the Macau end of the cruise, we were soon loaded onto a PRC tour bus complete with local guide and were soon drove across the border.

Our first stop was to be at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial School, about 45 minutes away in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province. We rolled through the largely agrarian countryside, taking in views of local residents doing the morning wash, a duck farm, a farmer tending his water buffalo and lots of fields planted with a variety of crops.

Former mansion of wealthy landowner near Macau

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Secondary School was established in memory of Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China and the Premier of the Kuomintang in 1934. The school is located in Cuiheng Village, Zhongshan, Guangdong, China. Cuiheng Village is Sun Yat-sen’s hometown. It is next to the former residence of Sun Yat-sen. There are 120 home classes in the full boarding school with more than 7000 students.

School site construction was completed in 1934 and began to enroll students from all over the country. In 1953, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Secondary School was designated as one of the first 7 key secondary schools, and in 1994 one of the first Top Level schools in Guangdong Province. In 2006 and 2007, this school passed both the primary assessment and re-evaluation as Experimental and Leading Secondary School of State Level with the highest scores.

(Source: Wikipedia)

We alighted from our bus for a slow walking tour of the grounds, while our tour guide explained what the students learned at the school. There were not many tourist facilities here in 1982, but finding myself in need of a washroom, I set out in search of one. All I can say is don’t ask me about the state of the washroom that I found.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s home
Allan posing on grounds of Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial School
Roz & Patty at market at Huengchao
rice planting

We stopped in Zhuhai on the way back to Macau, to take in the views from a city park and get a sense for city life.

Zhuhai, also known as Chuhai is a prefecture-level city located on the west bank of Pearl River estuary on the central coast of southern Guangdong province, People’s Republic of China, on the southeastern edge of Pearl River Delta. Its name literally means “pearl sea”, which originates from the city’s location at the mouth of the Pearl River meeting the South China Sea. Zhuhai borders Jiangmen to the west, Zhongshan to the north and Macau to the southeast, and shares maritime boundaries with Shenzhen and Hong Kong to the northeast across the estuary.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Then it was back on the bus to head for lunch. On the way, we passed a group of workers breaking rocks down into smaller rocks for road work. Our tour guide explained that this process could be automated, but with so many people needing to work, they had not yet done so.

Our lunch stop at Rocky View Resort Hotel – our buffet lunch included corn and egg drop soup, fried rice, bamboo shoots, curried vegetables, baked fish, sweet and sour pork, broccoli all washed down with Peking beer

After lunch, we all climbed back on the bus for the return to Macau, a short ride away. We stopped at the border, where the guards checked our papers and our time in the PRC was over. Not sure I was wise to take these clandestine photos.

However, our tour of Macau was only just starting.

Macau officially the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China  (MSAR), is a city and special administrative region of China in the western Pearl River Delta  by the South China Sea. With a population of about 680,000 and an area of 32.9 km2  (12.7 sq mi), it is the most densely populated region in the world.

Formerly a Portuguese colony, the territory of Portuguese Macau was first leased to Portugal  as a trading post by the Ming dynasty in 1557. Portugal paid an annual rent and administered the territory under Chinese sovereignty up until 1887. Portugal later gained perpetual colonial rights in the Sino-Portuguese Treaty of Peking. The colony remained under Portuguese rule until 1999, when it was transferred to China. Macau is a special administrative region of China, which maintains separate governing and economic systems from those of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”. The unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese architecture in the city’s historic center led to its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.

Originally a sparsely populated collection of coastal islands, Macau, often referred to as the “Las Vegas of the East”, has become a major resort city and a top destination for gambling  tourism, with a gambling industry seven times larger than that of Las Vegas. The city has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, and its GDP per capita by purchasing power parity is one of the highest in the world. It has a very high Human Development Index, as calculated by the Macau government, and the fourth-highest life expectancy in the world. The territory is highly urbanized; two-thirds of the total land area is built on land reclaimed from the sea.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Macau was a much sleepier place when we visited. Our first stop was at the façade of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The Ruins of Saint Paul’s are the ruins of a 17th-century Catholic religious complex in Santo António, Macau, China. They include what was originally St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul  also known as “Mater Dei”, a 17th-century Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. Today, the ruins are one of Macau’s best known landmarks and one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World. In 2005, they were officially listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

(Source: Wikipedia)

looking out to see a Chinese junk on the Pearl River between Macau and PRC

We also stopped to tour the Hotel Lisboa and casino. Patty suggested I take some photos of the interior of the casino, but I thought better of it, after all, there may be people here who did not want others to know of their gambling habits.

bridge from Macau to the outlying islands as seen from Hotel Lisboa
Colonial Equestrian monument in front of Hotel Lisboa

Our tour now over, it was back on the ferry and we were soon bouncing over the waves back to the Hong Kong Ferry Terminal, where we took the Star Ferry back to our hotel.

After our busy day, we were very happy settling into the Bauhania Room for a supper of Pork Wellington, broccoli, potato croquettes and Holland cake.


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

10 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Hong Kong-Macau-PRC

    1. There was something exciting about having to take the hydrofoil to get there. The less Las Vegas like atmosphere also made it more interesting. I am sure many from China and Hong Kong could become invisible in Macau in those days and gamble with impunity. Thanks for reading and your comment Marion. Allan

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    1. We would have liked more time to see China in those years, but there were so many other places to see and once the kids came along, we were a while getting back to adventurous travel. Thanks for reading Linda. Happy weekend. Allan

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