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    A Trip Through Hong Kong, Macau & Manila~ 1981

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    Post by Joy on Sun 05 Sep 2010, 5:31 pm

    Must get round to doing the Hong Kong/Macau/Manila section of the tour. Haven't a great deal of photos from these places. Must have run out of film. :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Sun 21 Nov 2010, 4:01 pm

    In 1981 what was then known as Communist China was a completely closed off country, rather similar to North Korea is today. This was to try & stop its people from fleeing to the British colony of Hong Kong or Macau which was then a Portuguese colony. Right beside the large jade-windowed mansion where the woman who owned Tiger Balm, the famous all-purpose ointment, lived with her two small dogs, was one of the many squatter shanty camps. These were occupied by those who had fled China. There are images of the almost No Man's Land which buffered Mainland China from Hong Kong's New Territories. This can be seen as a flat valley with some housing, a river & ponds. There is also a wide section of fresh turned earth set with steel pole in concrete bases. This was the actual border. In Macau there was a gunboat moored in the middle of the Pearl River which was part of its border. There was also a yellow border station & armed soldiers, hiding under trees along the desolate looking beach.

    At a beach at Repulse Bay, HK, can be seen two enormous concrete mansions built by a wealthy herb doctor at the behest of his fortune teller. These actions were meant to ensure his continued health & good fortune & were never lived in after completion. Land at Repulse Bay would cost a fortune, too. The fortune teller must, also, have had shares in a concrete company.

    Even in 1981, terrorism was a real threat & the hotel we stayed at, in Manila had its very busy foyer with its restaurants & bars, bombed by terrorists, nine months before. Security was very tight for that era & everyone seeking entry to the foyer was searched. The pool area was, also, very discretely patrolled by guards carrying submachine guns. Most of the photos taken in Manila are of the ruined Fort Santiago, its fearless beggars, a monument & grave of 600 Manila Filipinos murdered in a mass drowning, by Japanese forces during WWII. Also, the American WWII War Cemetery with its 17,500 graves & 36,000 names of those US soldiers MIA, engraved on the walls of an enormous horseshoe shaped monument.

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    Post by Glad E Olah on Tue 23 Nov 2010, 5:57 am

    I enjoyed the video Joy.
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    Post by Joy on Tue 23 Nov 2010, 8:32 am

    Thanks Glad. It was a great trip which I shall never forget.

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