Rice Paddies along the road in China
We flew from Bangkok to
Hong Kong's KaiTac airport, which has since thankfully
been replaced by a better airport farther north. The air
approach for KaiTac was the wildest I have ever seen.
You descend toward a large checkerboard pattern on a
mountain and make a sharp right turn to a runway
extending into the ocean just before you land. Hong Kong
was still under British rule at the time, but it was
clear that Chinese was the overwhelming influence
Kowloon & Hong Kong viewed from Victoria Peak
After checking in to the Regal Meridian
on Kowloon we took the famous Star Ferry downtown for some
electronics shopping (first picture above) and then to
Victoria Peak to catch the views (large picture above). On our
second day, we took a tour of the floating village of Aberdeen
(second and third pictures above) and went across to the beach
at Repulse Bay (large picture below). We finished the day
booking our trip to Macao and China (map - fourth picture
Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Our third day was for the China tour. We
took the JetFoil from Hong Kong to Macao, a small Portuguese
colony whose claim to fame is gambling. All China tours at the
time were tightly controlled for Americans so we were escorted
across the border crossing at Gongbei (first picture below)
then bussed and taken everywhere by a Chinese tour guide. We
visited a private duck farm, the Memorial School of Dr. Sun
Yat-sen (second and third pictures below), a traditional
fishing village and the Zhuhai resort (fourth picture below).
It seemed that we were on the bus driving over bumpy roads
most of the day.
At the end of the day we returned to
Macao and stopped in a casino for a few minutes while waiting
for the JetFoil back to Hong Kong. Mary Lou won about $15 in a
slot machine. We got back to Hong Kong late and packed for our
trip the next day to Tokyo.
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