In 1982 when living in Tuen Mun at what was called ‘Area 20’, I took the elements of this panorama from the balcony of my apartment.
Left to Right
Tuen Mun Highway-construction not yet completed. Only one carriageway is seen in use for two-way traffic. This proved to be a very dangerous road to travel on for many years.
Lok On Pai government de-salting plant chimneys
Beaulieu Peninsula gated residential housing estate
Pearl Island access causeway
Pearl Island Hotel plus mainly holiday apartments only used at weekends
North side of Lantau Island-two islands-The Brothers- East Brother & West Brother. Between them is a CY Tung owned twin-funnel liner Constitution/Oriental Empress laid up waiting its ultimate fate. During Typhoon Ellen in September 1983, this ship broke loose at the height of the storm and drifted right across the estuary and grounded, wedged behind Castle Peak Power Station’s coal unloading jetty. The power station is out of shot on the extreme right.
Further right from The Brothers is Chek Lap Kok Island, now the site of Hong Kong International Airport.
On the far horizon are Chinese islands
Further round on the horizon, Macau’s buildings can just be made out. At night these could be seen clearly sparkling in the distance.
Foreground on the left are military lands either side of Castle Peak Road. On the sea side are the military’s Gordon Hard beside the public Cafeteria Beach.
On the middle foreground is the newly constructed typhoon shelter’s protective walls and beyond the Butterfly Estates under construction. High-voltage electricity pylons line the hills feeding electricity from Castle Peak Power Station into Kowloon.
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