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Holy Week in Hong Kong

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An April 2007 trip to Hong Kong by writeonthespot

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Quote: Holy Week is a time of reflection for Christians but I spent it in Buddhist Hong Kong. Still, it was serene trip.

Holy Week in Hong Kong

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With the scorching heat in tropical Southeast Asia, many people, especially Filipinos, spend their Holy Week break in cooler Hong Kong. Apart from the weather and the sights and shopping, Hong Kong seems to be the destination of choice of Christians because of its freedom of religion. In fact there are about 90 Catholic churches in the diocese of Hong Kong. Around 7% of Hong Kong's population are Christians. With the influx of Filipino workers, the number is growing. But the increase of the Catholic population can be traced back to the Boxer Rebellion when the British army included Indian battalions in their troop. Many of the servicemen were Catholics. Usually on Easter Sunday, new Catholics are bapt...Read More

Rosary Church

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Attraction

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Rosary Church is in the heart of Kowloon. This classic Gothic style church is considered as the oldest Catholic Church in Kowloon. Its original floor plan was drawn from a Roman Basilica model. History showed that the Rosary Church was built when a Portuguese Catholic, Dr. Anthony Gomes, made a donation in 1903 for a church building in loving memory of his parents and brother. The Pro-Vicar Apostolic at that time, Fr. De Maria, laid the foundation stone on December 10, 1904. A year after the church was completed and it was consecrated to Our Lady of Pompeii who is the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. Many British troops attended service there but the Catholics drew in number even during when the Brit...Read More

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Rosary Church
125 Chatham Road South
Hong Kong
2368-0980

Wong Tai Sin Temple

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Attraction | "Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple"

Wong Tai Sin Temple Photo, Hong Kong, China
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I’ve never been to all the temples in Hong Kong bur so far, among the ones I’ve visited, this is probably the grandest temple I have visited. From the entrance, there is a walkway that slopes upward. There’s a water fountain in one of the gardens. A few steps going up lead to the colorful main temple with an open square where devotees pray and worship. The temple sits in an 18,00 square-meter lot that is located in a serene setting within the metropolis. What makes Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple a popular place is that it allows three major religions in China, which are Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, to be practiced in this temple. Believers say that if you pray earnestly to the gods, your r...Read More

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Wong Tai Sin Temple
Southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon
Hong Kong
+852 2320 2883

Tin Hau Kung

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Attraction | "Tin Hau Temple"

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There are a number of Tin Hau Temples in Hong Kong but the most visited, I would say, is the one along Nathan Road because of its accessibility and because it is known as one of the oldest temples in Kowloon. Anyone who wants to visit Tin Hau Temple can take the MTR, get off at the Yau Ma Tei station through exit C, and just a mere couple of blocks down Nathan Road is the temple. Named after the goddess of the sea, Tin Hau Temple is where believers come to pray. They usually pay HK$130 for one spiral incense which burns for 10 days as an offering for their loved ones who have passed away. In front of the temple is a small square where people hang out and some theater groups rehearse for th...Read More

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Tin Hau Kung
Lo Wai
Hong Kong
+852 2508 1234

Wisdom Path

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Attraction

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Amidst the fog, we traversed the trail through the woods to get to the Wisdom Path. The Wisdom Path sat beautifully on a grassy hill where 38 wooden pillars were erected and arranged to form an infinity figure ∞. Each pillar, save for one, has an inscription of Chinese characters. The calligraphy spoke about the Heart Sutra or the Prajna-paramita Heart Sutra wherein Prajna-paramita was derived from Sanskrit which means "perfection of wisdom". It is called "Heart" because it includes the very essence of the perfection of wisdom of Buddha. Overall, the Sutra teaches the doctrine of "emptiness", which explains the relativity of all views and thereby realizing that everything is constantly changing. Wi...Read More

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Wisdom Path
Lantau Island
Hong Kong

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha

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Attraction | "Tian Tan Buddha (aka Giant Buddha)"

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha Photo, Lantau Island, China
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Visiting the Giant Buddha was the most exciting thing that I and my sister looked forward to. For my part, I have failed to visit this landmark during my first trip to Hong Kong and for my sister’s part, she just has that deep interest in Buddhism and Chinese all because of her love of Jet Li and his Once Upon a Time in China movie series. Getting there was not easy. We ran out of Hong Kong dollars and were short of budget so we had to wait for the money changer in Tung Chung to open up. We took the bus (Bus 23), which was the long way to get to the Giant Buddha, yet the more interesting one, I guess, because of the beautiful views we passed by. When we got there, all we could see was fog which mad...Read More

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Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha
Near Po Lin Monastery
Ngong Ping, Lantau Island