Just back from 24 hours in Zhuhai. I plan to pad this out with an edit later.
For now, a brief synopsis:
Want to see a replica of Taiwan in that acute phase as martial law lifted, dancing became legal and everyone was into something dodgy?
Zhuhai sits abut Macau. You can take a taxi there from the HK/Macau ferry for around NT$80.
Zhuhai is where almost all of Taiwan’s missing one million re-enter/leave their homes in China.
It is the major Taiwanese R&R city for all of Guangdong.
It was also very popular with the Japanese:
[quote]Japanese orgy in Zhuhai hotel sparks Chinese fury
A hotel orgy involving nearly 400 Japanese male tourists and 500 Chinese prostitutes has sparked outrage on the mainland. [/quote]
Aside from the difficulty in finding a “proper” massage from the usually reliable jiangkang an mo zhongxin there are more than 150 freelance hookers prowling the “bar” and walking street" at any one time. They are almost all from China’s hinterland, younger than 21 and high on ice.
They openly sell Viagra, sex toys and ice pipes in most corner stores.
You can buy binlang everywhere.
The local service industry workers all understand simple Taiwanese.
If Chen Ching-hsing were alive and on the run today, without a doubt, he would be living in Zhuhai. In fact, I met his doppelganger today at a street cafe where he handed the woman behind the bar a plastic bag containing a handgun and a shitload of ammunition to keep safe until he came back.
In a way, it’s fantastic.