Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Hong Kong

All photos taken on May 7, 1982.

This was to be our last day in Hong Kong and it would be another day full of adventure and cultural experiences. All except, the Western style buffet breakfast, which was once again in the Bauhania Room at our hotel.

After breakfast, we loaded into the bus for the drive to Sung Dynasty Village. This would be the Hong Kong version of our Fort Edmonton.

A period village interpretive center showcasing the culture from the Sung (Song) Dynasty. The village was built in 1979 and demolished in 1997 and replaced with the Wah Lai Estate (completed 2001), a public housing development in Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong.

The Sung or Song dynasty  960–1279) was an imperial dynasty of China that began in 960 and lasted until 1279. The dynasty was founded by Emperor Taizu of Song following his usurpation of the throne of the Later Zhou, ending the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. The Song often came into conflict with the contemporaneous Liao, Western Xia  and  Jin dynasties in northern China. After decades of armed resistance defending southern China, it was eventually conquered by the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty.

Source: Wikipedia

The village housed period buildings and provided costumed character reenactments of scenes from that era.

The monkey show

Sung Dynasty Village with resettlement Estate towers behind
traditional Chinese musicians
incense maker

a wedding procession approaches

Garden and house of a rich man from the Sung Dynasty

Cultural show including acrobats, dancers, Chinese Opera

restaurant ceiling details – we had a lunch of meat dumplings, steamed bun, bean curd dumpling, sweet and sour pork, chicken, vegetables and vegetable soup with meat
wax replica of Confuscious
wax replica of Genghis Kahn
antique rosewood, teak and ivory furniture
Patty by the river
temple interior
Allan by the gateway to a rich man’s house
almond cookie maker
Patty on bridge over river at Sung Dynasty Village
wood carver

After our tour was over, the bus took us back to the hotel. We then took a Star Ferry ride to Hong Kong Island and did a walking tour of the area by the Governor’s mansion and botanical/zoological gardens.

Governor’s Mansion (now Government House)
tram car on Hong Kong Island
52 story Connaught Center

Continuing with the cultural theme, tonight we were off to dinner and a show at a night club in Ocean Center.

Dinner included Chinese cold cuts (duck, tongue and jelly fish frond), walnut chicken, pepper steak, fried rice, sweet and sour pork, deep fried milk, fried fish and bean curd for dessert. It was all topped off with green tea and snake and dragon wine. Some stories here….1) Pat tried the jelly fish frond first, thinking it was a piece of onion. She bit it and encountered some jellyfish toxin that remained. She asked what it was and the waiter said “jelly fish – you don’t like it?” Our doctor later explained that she had likely had an allergic reaction to the toxin residue. Nobody else tried it. 2) the chicken was under cooked, so that was off the table. 3) Nobody could explain what the snake and dragon wine was made from. It was not wine as we know it, but as the show went on and I sipped a few more glasses, it seemed pretty good to me. But, hey what know I do…er. know do I what….er…

The stage show included ribbon dancers, feather dancers, Chinese Opera and a lion dance. All in all, it was a great evening.

We walked back to our hotel, knowing we would miss Hong Kong, when we left tomorrow.

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12 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Hong Kong

  1. I wish the village was still there. It looks like a fantastic example of traditional Chinese life. The Star Ferry is the best $.35 ride (last time I was there) in the world. I always try to be on the ferry for the laser light show. Your tour was packed with incredible activities and experiences. Have a great weekend Allan! John

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    1. The village was a true snapshot back into history and gave a great view into the culture. The Star Ferry was amazing any time, even during the rush hour commute. I wish the laser light show had been around when we were there. Thanks for reading John. Have a great weekend. Allan

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    1. Patty was the brave one at the table, before anyone knew what it was. Luckily it was just a minor reaction. Good think Fugu was not on the menu. The day was a full cultural experience and we were so glad for the village visit. Thanks for reading Lynette. Have a great weekend. Allan

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    1. We had often thought we would go back, but the crackdown on democracy demonstrators, as well as our detainment of Meng Wanzhou (at America’s request), and China’s retaliation by taking the 2 Michaels, makes it unwise. Pity, but perhaps the world will return to a saner approach some day. Hope all is well with you and your family Ann. Allan

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    1. It was a good introduction to Chinese culture, but its run was short. Land in HK is so expensive and in short supply. Perhaps the dining experience explains why we have never been big fans of Chinese cuisine. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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