Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hong Kong Diary Day 20 Tung Chung Fort Part 2 of 2

Last week was complete chaos, there was no energy for words, a haphazard China post would not suffice so I skipped a post, many apologies for this. Excuses aside, let's continue with our tour of Tung Chung Fort, the flight of stairs led us to the row of cannons pictured below. We counted a few of them but were they an effective defense? History mentioned pirates occupying the fort, imagine men scrambling back and forth with gunpowder as surrounding armed forces closed in.Bordering the fort were residential low rise of similar height, I was glad for this, one could still enjoy the distant mountains at this level.
Hammering noises drew us to a corner, construction on a Sunday afternoon at the neighboring site. The lone worker pounded away, everything looked very clean and organized, would this be the case on a weekday?
What were they building, another low-rise we hope, the hi-rise on the fringe presented an uncomfortable possibility.
An older neighboring low-rise, the corner unit had a tiny wrap around garden, numerous pots cramped with plants, another reminder that space is still a prime commodity in less populated areas of Hong Kong.
Past the cannons and residential structures a stone paved trail led us into the forest, a change of scenery, the trees were much easier on the eyes, the air felt clean and moist.
Crickets chirped from the thick grove, the rugged texture of the stone bricks was very intriguing, where would this path take us?
Step by step I was pulled away from David and Peter, the pavement became more uneven and unstable. As I ventured deeper into the bush I kept hoping I would find a forgotten piece of treasure from the pirates loot.
It just screamed with so much possibility until the boys pointed out the path further ahead may be unsafe.
So this ended my mini adventure at Tung Chung Fort, we turned around and faced the looming hi-rise as we headed back to the car, returning to modern reality.
One last look at the basketball court at the school yard, a calm present compared to its interesting past. The government declared the fort a monument in 1979, I hope they continue to keep their promise.
The fort was small so our visit was short, but we found it interesting, it transported us back in time.
I would have loved to stay longer, peruse the articles on the museum's walls, absorbed all there was to know about the fort.
Reluctantly I followed the boys back to the car, they were watchful to ensure I was close behind.
The same corridor that was the main entrance to the fort led us back into the real world.
A closed restaurant we passed by before had opened for business, hefty wooden furniture its interiors looked fascinating, would the food be good we wondered.
A few steps later we were back at the car driving off to Tai O, more next week as our China adventure continues!

3 comments:

  1. I look forward to the next adventure. The high rises truly to have a presence.

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  2. Dear Novi on the go:
    Thank you for showing Tung Chung Fort and sharing your experience with us. I was once living in one of the buildings in the pictures (the red top building close to the tung chung fort) that you took. Thank you for bringing back my sweet memories. I left a story there! :)

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    1. Dear Anonymous:
      We're really glad to find Tung Chung Fort as part of our Hong Kong adventure. It must be interesting living near such a historical place. Thank you so much for your lovely comments of my post, I'm glad it brought back good memories for you. It has been a pleasure sharing our good memories as well about our journey, glad you liked it! :)

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