Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour 2017

In March 2017 Sophie Couchman and I hosted our first Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour to Guangdong and Hong Kong. Before the tour, I spent a couple of days in Zhuhai.

  1. They didn't bother to ask for my name in Starbucks in Xiangzhou... https://t.co/3vcOcGNBmz
    They didn't bother to ask for my name in Starbucks in Xiangzhou... pic.twitter.com/3vcOcGNBmz
  2. Enjoying the wonders of the Zhuhai Museum on a very rainy Sunday. https://t.co/XJP9CD4M6T
    Enjoying the wonders of the Zhuhai Museum on a very rainy Sunday. pic.twitter.com/XJP9CD4M6T
  3. My Chinese isn't good enough to quite make sense of the Zhuhai Secrecy Education Exhibition. https://t.co/gWhzoGM8wi
    My Chinese isn't good enough to quite make sense of the Zhuhai Secrecy Education Exhibition. pic.twitter.com/gWhzoGM8wi
  4. Waisha School, which we'll be visiting on our tour, spotted at the Zhuhai Museum! https://t.co/FUWSFdpG75
    Waisha School, which we'll be visiting on our tour, spotted at the Zhuhai Museum! pic.twitter.com/FUWSFdpG75
  5. @baibi You are on the ball, with sharp eyes to spot this exhibit.  Here's a pic of the school in 1960s https://t.co/4CnazIiYyU
    @baibi You are on the ball, with sharp eyes to spot this exhibit. Here's a pic of the school in 1960s pic.twitter.com/4CnazIiYyU
  6. Stumbled upon a new museum about Zhuhai's fishing history. Opened May 2016. Not allowed photos inside. https://t.co/ixA5NISVNg
    Stumbled upon a new museum about Zhuhai's fishing history. Opened May 2016. Not allowed photos inside. pic.twitter.com/ixA5NISVNg
  7. They're building a whopping great bridge between Zhuhai and Hong Kong. I kinda like the ferry though. https://t.co/3UsIFizva1
    They're building a whopping great bridge between Zhuhai and Hong Kong. I kinda like the ferry though. pic.twitter.com/3UsIFizva1
  8. A bowl of jaja and tofu pudding 喳喳豆腐花 to end a happy day wandering in HK. https://t.co/34mxlskayR
    A bowl of jaja and tofu pudding 喳喳豆腐花 to end a happy day wandering in HK. pic.twitter.com/34mxlskayR
  9. Grave of NSW-born Otto Kong Sing in the HK Cemetery at Happy Valley. https://t.co/tB56kYnptc
    Grave of NSW-born Otto Kong Sing in the HK Cemetery at Happy Valley. pic.twitter.com/tB56kYnptc
  10. Nostalgia tripping at the HK Museum of History's toy exhibition. https://t.co/SifMtKZLH7
    Nostalgia tripping at the HK Museum of History's toy exhibition. pic.twitter.com/SifMtKZLH7
  11. Exhibit on Punti wedding customs in Hong Kong at HK Museum of History. https://t.co/CMeFS5Xlsx
    Exhibit on Punti wedding customs in Hong Kong at HK Museum of History. pic.twitter.com/CMeFS5Xlsx
  12. 'Great Scenery Along the Way' exhibition about 1970s HK Island bus stop photographs, at HK PRO. https://t.co/0GWMmSxS7v
    'Great Scenery Along the Way' exhibition about 1970s HK Island bus stop photographs, at HK PRO. pic.twitter.com/0GWMmSxS7v

  13. And we're off! The Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour begins.
  14. Starting off with a walking tour of Pokfulum with local writer Jason Wordie. #cahht17 https://t.co/O77klYrPKN
    Starting off with a walking tour of Pokfulum with local writer Jason Wordie. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/O77klYrPKN
  15. At the Tung Wah Coffin Home, which was central in repatriation of bones from overseas Chinese communities. #cahht17 https://t.co/ZmwJhdja8u
    At the Tung Wah Coffin Home, which was central in repatriation of bones from overseas Chinese communities. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/ZmwJhdja8u
  16. Finished off Day 1 with local HK cuisine and a great talk by Catherine Ladds about Eurasians on the China Coast. #cahht17
  17. Day 2 and off to China we go! About to catch the ferry to Jiangmen (江门) . #cahht17 https://t.co/Sx5ObvtPHY
    Day 2 and off to China we go! About to catch the ferry to Jiangmen (江门) . #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/Sx5ObvtPHY
  18. One of a handful of Australian exhibits in the Wuyi Overseas Chinese Museum. #cahht17 https://t.co/FUeDYsUUqQ
    One of a handful of Australian exhibits in the Wuyi Overseas Chinese Museum. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/FUeDYsUUqQ
  19. Famous Australians spotted in display at Wuyi Uni Overseas Chinese Culture Research Centre! #cahht17 ping @SophieLoyWilson @sophiecouchman https://t.co/6TUudt3Vop
    Famous Australians spotted in display at Wuyi Uni Overseas Chinese Culture Research Centre! #cahht17 ping @SophieLoyWilson @sophiecouchman pic.twitter.com/6TUudt3Vop
  20. On Day 3 we're visiting the Candong heritage project in Kaiping with Selia Tan. #cahht17 https://t.co/MP0dwttbjb
    On Day 3 we're visiting the Candong heritage project in Kaiping with Selia Tan. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/MP0dwttbjb
  21. Ancestral shrine in Candong village, Kaiping. Was destroyed but rebuilt based on villagers' memories. #cahht17 https://t.co/meroUSdmzk
    Ancestral shrine in Candong village, Kaiping. Was destroyed but rebuilt based on villagers' memories. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/meroUSdmzk
  22. Eating beautiful 'bat jai gou' (little dish cake) and 'ngai chee' (sticky rice cake) for afternoon tea in Candong. #cahht17 https://t.co/5OgCqgKEHU
    Eating beautiful 'bat jai gou' (little dish cake) and 'ngai chee' (sticky rice cake) for afternoon tea in Candong. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/5OgCqgKEHU
  23. Treasures from Candong village – tiles, embroidery, abacus, crockery, books... #cahht17 https://t.co/obWcAC2e6b
    Treasures from Candong village – tiles, embroidery, abacus, crockery, books... #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/obWcAC2e6b
  24. It seems the further into the countryside we get, the bigger the hotel beds are! #cahht17 https://t.co/xLCtf3Cyz4
    It seems the further into the countryside we get, the bigger the hotel beds are! #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/xLCtf3Cyz4
  25. Booming tourist trade at Chikan. Big change since I last visited in 2009. #cahht17 https://t.co/VCxMEWPhRO
    Booming tourist trade at Chikan. Big change since I last visited in 2009. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/VCxMEWPhRO
  26. After exploring some Australian Poon family villages, we had afternoon tea in Yueshan. We bought out their daan taat supply! #cahht17 https://t.co/08JYg7eW6D
    After exploring some Australian Poon family villages, we had afternoon tea in Yueshan. We bought out their daan taat supply! #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/08JYg7eW6D
  27. Sunrise over the Tan River, Kaiping city. It's Day 5 and we're off to Taishan. #cahht17 https://t.co/fUUmzFgAyq
    Sunrise over the Tan River, Kaiping city. It's Day 5 and we're off to Taishan. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/fUUmzFgAyq
  28. House built by Sydney's Quong Tart for his parents in the 1890s. So sad to see the condition it is in today. #cahht17 https://t.co/mDgpyCqrYT
    House built by Sydney's Quong Tart for his parents in the 1890s. So sad to see the condition it is in today. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/mDgpyCqrYT
  29. @baibi So much deterioration of the house in the 15 years since I was last there. Will anything be left in 15 more? #cahht17
  30. @baibi Quong Tart's house is in Longtengli, Duanfen, Taishan. #cahht17
  31. First dormitory building at Taishan No. 1 Middle School, built in 1936 from overseas funds. #cahht17 https://t.co/Ucw6rh5C3Z
    First dormitory building at Taishan No. 1 Middle School, built in 1936 from overseas funds. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/Ucw6rh5C3Z
  32. Vegetarian lunch at Yutai temple on the top of Mt Guifeng in Xinhui. 10 dishes! #cahht17 https://t.co/2SuKVJucwE
    Vegetarian lunch at Yutai temple on the top of Mt Guifeng in Xinhui. 10 dishes! #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/2SuKVJucwE
  33. @baibi in action telling us about James Minahan & how she has tracked him thru records & on ground in China #cahht17 https://t.co/MfepASCLN1
    @baibi in action telling us about James Minahan & how she has tracked him thru records & on ground in China #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/MfepASCLN1
  34. This afternoon I took the #cahht17 to 'my' village in Xinhui – Shiquli in Luokeng. Too busy chatting to tweet!
  35. Another beautiful river view, this time from our hotel in Zhongshan. Tomorrow we explore the old town (Shekki / Shiqi) #cahht17 https://t.co/syQOvn1XN4
    Another beautiful river view, this time from our hotel in Zhongshan. Tomorrow we explore the old town (Shekki / Shiqi) #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/syQOvn1XN4
  36. Obligatory chicken's feet at yum cha at the Wing Kwong Palace Restaurant in Zhongshan. #cahht17 https://t.co/ud9zokdUpA
    Obligatory chicken's feet at yum cha at the Wing Kwong Palace Restaurant in Zhongshan. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/ud9zokdUpA
  37. Exploring the Xiangshan Commercial Culture Museum in Zhongshan. Top floor devoted to 'Big 4' Australian stores in Shanghai & HK. #cahht17 https://t.co/1j1u6Ky4pA
    Exploring the Xiangshan Commercial Culture Museum in Zhongshan. Top floor devoted to 'Big 4' Australian stores in Shanghai & HK. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/1j1u6Ky4pA
  38. Listening to 'Ye Shanghai' in the 1920s/30s room of the China Radio Museum of Zhongshan. #cahht17 https://t.co/i6oOWoLwQJ
    Listening to 'Ye Shanghai' in the 1920s/30s room of the China Radio Museum of Zhongshan. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/i6oOWoLwQJ
  39. Sun Wen Xi Lu, the pedestrian street in Zhongshan. Was main street of old Shekki / Shiqi town. #cahht17 https://t.co/4W70ys6htH
    Sun Wen Xi Lu, the pedestrian street in Zhongshan. Was main street of old Shekki / Shiqi town. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/4W70ys6htH
  40. Last full day of #cahht17 today. We're off to Zhuhai, to ancestral homes of Sun Yat-sen, his first wife Lu Muzhen, & Choys of Dah Sun Co.
  41. Sun family home in Cuiheng, Zhuhai, built with money SYS's brother Sun Mei sent back from Hawaii. #cahht17 https://t.co/DX971NcRIs
    Sun family home in Cuiheng, Zhuhai, built with money SYS's brother Sun Mei sent back from Hawaii. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/DX971NcRIs
  42. A beaming Howard visiting Choy Hing's ancestral village of Waisha in Zhuhai. #cahht17 https://t.co/tI2yt6R6zb
    A beaming Howard visiting Choy Hing's ancestral village of Waisha in Zhuhai. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/tI2yt6R6zb
  43. Finishing our #cahht17 with a seafood dinner at De Yue Restaurant on Yeli Island in Zhuhai. https://t.co/Z5teYh5OLr
    Finishing our #cahht17 with a seafood dinner at De Yue Restaurant on Yeli Island in Zhuhai. pic.twitter.com/Z5teYh5OLr
  44. The new Opera House and a light that looks like a dolphin holding a pearl. #cahht17 https://t.co/fCyJqEngjE
    The new Opera House and a light that looks like a dolphin holding a pearl. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/fCyJqEngjE
  45. Zhuhai is enveloped by sea mist this morning. Looking towards Macau from Qinglu Nan Lu (Lovers Road) in Gongbei. #cahht17 https://t.co/JvIrG6BCFD
    Zhuhai is enveloped by sea mist this morning. Looking towards Macau from Qinglu Nan Lu (Lovers Road) in Gongbei. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/JvIrG6BCFD
  46. A wet, wet trip back to Hong Kong from Zhuhai. We've been so lucky with the weather! #cahht17 https://t.co/0rgdfH9xqj
    A wet, wet trip back to Hong Kong from Zhuhai. We've been so lucky with the weather! #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/0rgdfH9xqj
  47. Feeling all the feels as I get ready to head home to Canberra today from HK. It's been a pretty amazing two weeks. #cahht17
  48. I first had the idea for #cahht17 fifteen years ago, but have been planning in earnest for last two years.
  49. It's been a joy and a privilege to share this place and this history, which I love so much, with such a great group of people. #cahht17 https://t.co/oJjIawFJgb
    It's been a joy and a privilege to share this place and this history, which I love so much, with such a great group of people. #cahht17 pic.twitter.com/oJjIawFJgb