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.
The village housed period buildings and provided costumed character reenactments of scenes from that era.
The monkey show
a wedding procession approaches
Garden and house of a rich man from the Sung Dynasty
Cultural show including acrobats, dancers, Chinese Opera
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.
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.