Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hong Kong Postcard Day 19 Lok Ma Chao Lookout

Hello Thursday! We continue with our China trip in Hong Kong where friends Peter and Vonny took us to Lok Ma Chao Lookout for an easy start of the day. There were some changes in traffic so it took some driving around before we found the sign pictured below.
You may be wondering why we chose to visit this site. This was our third visit to Hong Kong, our second was in 1993, and the late 1980's was our first. The Lok Ma Chao Lookout overlooks Shenzhen, China, over the past few years there were visible signs of industrial development, below the scene in 2007.
David and I gazed upon the same landscape in 1993, Peter's mom took us there for some quiet time, an escape from the city. Buildings were present but they were not as monstrous.
When David first visited the Lookout in 1989, he remembered it was mostly farmlands, the distant mountains were still visible as pictured below. From Hong Kong China was only a short drive away, but his hopes of a visit were dashed as protests soon led to the massacre at Tiananmen Square, it was another 18 years before he toured China.
A comparison snapshot of the 3 years, it's amazing how time flies, it seems we were just there in just the blink of an eye.
New at the Lok Ma Chao Lookout, a sign that pinpointed where we were and what we were looking at, click on the picture for a bigger view.
Another part of the same sign that briefed us on the history of Lok Ma Chao, which also stated the river was to remain a restricted border regulated on both China and Hong Kong sides to control immigration and the flow of goods.
Under the hazy sky, the distant development became a blur, I could not help but wonder about the people in China.
While researching for our trip we immersed ourselves with documentaries on China, hoping to catch a glimpse or experience the country's culture visually. Some contained negative environmental messages, others reported human rights violations, we reminded ourselves this visit would be a leisure one.
After traveling the country for 19 days, we found a personal connection with the place and its people, the memories we gathered would last a lifetime. We wondered if industrial development and economic growth at the loss of cultural identity and the cost of people's well-being is a price worth paying for modern China.
Most people we met were excited about the opportunity to move the country forward, many felt welcoming the new China represented increased income and higher standards of living.
I also thought if China had not opened her doors to the world, we would not have been able to travel the country so freely and luxuriously as we had done.
A closer observation of the view led us to notice the wooden huts by the water.
A close up of the huts revealed its dilapidated conditions, seemingly they were what was left of the houses that resided next to the farmlands in the late 1980s. This served as a reminder of China's past and how fast she had progressed in the last 20 years.
One last look at Shenzhen before we headed off to lunch. We were glad to have a relaxing stopover at the Lookout, the 18 days of intense travel had taken a toil on us, some days there was only 4 hours of sleep plus plenty of walking, needless to say we felt somewhat tired. We chose Hong Kong as our last destination to unwind before returning to Canada, more on Day 19 next week!

2 comments:

  1. It is an interesting comparison of the changes over the years. I like the huts on the waters edge.

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