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Hong Kong Sights

Updated 06/17/2013

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This incense-filled site is dedicated to Taoist sea goddess Tin Hau, queen of heaven and protector of seafarers. The crowds here testify to her being one of Hong Kong's favorite deities—indeed, this is one of around 40 temples dedicated to her. Like all Tin Hau temples, this one once stood on the shore. Kowloon reclamation started in the late 19th century, and now the site is more than 3 km (2 mi) from the harbor. The main altar is hung with gold-embroidered red cloth

and usually piled high with offerings. There are also two smaller shrines inside the temple honoring earth god Tou Tei and city god Shing Wong. Both the temple and stalls in the eponymous market outside are fortune-telling hot spots: you may well be encouraged to have a try with the chim. Each stick is numbered, and you shake them in a cardboard tube until one falls out. A fortune-teller asks you your date of birth and makes predictions from the stick based on numerology. Alternatively, you could have a mystically minded bird pick out some fortune cards for you. It's a good idea to agree on prices first; bargaining with fortune-tellers is common.

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Sight Information

Address:

Market St. between Temple St. and Nathan Rd., Hong Kong, Hong Kong–China

Sight Details:

  • Daily 7–5:30

Updated 06/17/2013

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