Tin Hau Temple, Shek O, Hong Kong - roof detail by David Clarke
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The Tin Hau temple in Shek O, on the south-eastern corner of Hong Kong Island, was renovated in 2011, with a dedication ceremony on 31 December. It is one of over 70 Tin Hau temples in Hong Kong, not very old, but certainly beautiful. Tin Hau is the Goddess of the Sea and a particularly popular deity for all on the coast of China. There is an annual festival in her honour, held on the day 23 of the third moon in the Chinese calendar – mid April to mid May.
The HK Tourist Board site has the following additional information:
‘All those who owe their livelihood to the sea praise Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea.
Tin Hau’s birthday is celebrated to bring safety, security, fine weather and full nets during the coming year. There are celebrations at Tin Hau temples all over Hong Kong. Seafarers adorn boats with colourful ribbons praising the goddess for past protection and praying for future luck. Boats are loaded with symbols of devotion and offerings to the goddess.
The festival in her honour culminates in a procession and is characterised by floral paper offerings known as fa pau. Every year Joss House Bay, in Sai Kung, hosts a vivid celebration, where traditional rites are observed at the temple. In Yuen Long, in the New Territories, a parade takes place with lion dances.’

The image shows detail of the roof of the temple and is one of four shots I am uploading to RB. The one below is joss sticks burning outside the temple door

Canon 1D MkII with Canon 70-200mm f4 lens at 200mm; ISO250 f10 1/640
Image cropped. Taken 31 December 2011

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Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at www.dgcphoto.com.

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Comments

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 3 years ago

    nice shot

  • Many thanks, Sylvia :))

    – David Clarke

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Great detail in this David … perhaps we may come across it in a couple of months time ….

  • Thanks very much, Trish. Are you visiting HK? If you have time, Shek O is very different from the frenetic city. Take a taxi (bit expensive – ~HK$180 from Central) or go local: MTR to Shau Kei Wan then No.9 bus to Shek O. From the very retro bus station in Shek O walk along to the roundabout (50m) , turn left, go down to the corner, turn left and the temple is there. Good beach at Shek O too, but avoid weekends – very busy!

    – David Clarke

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Thanks for the directions David ! We are staying on Lantau Island 26 and 27 April en route to Europe (hope to visit the Big Buddha) and in Kowloon on the way home late May.

  • You’re welcome, Trish. The Big Buddha is worth a visit – it’s pretty big! Your tight schedule will put Shek O in the too hard category; perhaps next time. Have a good trip.

    – David Clarke

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Thanks for your good wishes David … next time then … hope the cable car is back in service by the time we get there !


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