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2016年11月13日 星期日

Tung Chung Battery & Market (東涌炮台及懷舊街市)

The clouds are white, the sky blue.


I heard there's are two historic sites in Tung Chung


 I walked past some flowers along the seafront on my way there



and was welcomed by some small red crackers


and some creepers


This tree seems to say, "Autumn is come"


But others seem oblivious


This pair of young lovers definitely want not to waste time.


I think I know why.


it's not often you get such lights



The sea was silver.


But this leaf knows that its time is come


But there are always late comers


My first destination>


 An ancient shell lime kiln producing lime ashes to be used for coating house walls at affordable prices for the locals


This is what remains of the famous battery at Fu Tei Wan, built by the Viceroy of Guangdong and Guangxi for fighting the British and other pirates in 1817.


It guards the entrance to Tung Chung


They may well have been there for more than a hundred years


Tiny flowers growing from the crevices of the stones forming the base of the Battery


The sea is calm: one sees nothing except cable cars.


A fern at the mouth of every drain


solar power works lamps


Still a few fishermen at the bay



a listless fisher at the end of the pier there


a break in the clouds


  lighting up the leaves in one of the makeshift gardens of the locals



without scant regard for the new and the old



whether they are creepers



are grown in pots


nets are too good to be wasted


some cactus flowers


and a cluster of glorybowers



and some huge beaumontia grandiflora (inverted bells) or Easter Lily vine flower or Trumpet flower


a local boy cleaning his boat


getting on to another boat


starting the engine


moving away


to the other boats moored there


reflections of the buildings nearby


waves work their magic


It's late afternoon


that doesn't stop the sun's luminosity at all


But it does create shadows


Time to for stocking up food for the week


 or an afternoon snack


A rickshaw outside the old-timer's market


old prices: make one really nostalgic!



No cheating of children or old folks


Efforts are made to replicate the feel of the market in the 1950s or early 1960s

 
One of my favourite snacks on Sunday mornings: white sugar rice cake


salt fried peanuts


Malaysian pomegrantes


a rice pudding with red beans sweetened in brown sugar, popularly known as "bowl pudding", a snack which has nearly completely disappeared. I used to buy them from  an old Hakka lady making her round of our street when I was 5 or 6.


old street posters for a traditional Chinese herbalist pill


old electric light switches



The name of a street close to where I used to live as a kid


Another famous clock maker shop in those days


shell fish


sluice gate raised hairy crabs


offerings to be burnt for ancestors


apples, persimons and mangos


 
finger grapes from Australia: seedless and really sweet


meatball galore


An exit to the toilet


Japanese style barber


A Chinese bone setter shop. This market in Tung Chung is the only old-timer markets in the whole of Hong Kong, well worth a visit.