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After the Wong Tai Sin Temple, the Che Kung Temple is probably the second most popular temple in Hong Kong. The Che Kung Festival, held on the third day of the Chinese New Year, sees thousands of worshipers gathering here to pray for good fortune. People line up to light their ceremonial tributes and turn a bronze prayer-wheel in a clockwise direction to avert bad luck and hope for a "good-turn" of fortune in the coming year. Colorful paper spinning wheels, which will bring good luck to your home, are available at the many stalls outside the temple.
Only a few years ago it would take a whole day to travel to this once rural area. Today, Shatin is a new town, easily reached by public transport. Shop-a-holics can head straight for the Shatin New Town Plaza, one of the biggest shopping malls in Hong Kong, which is directly connected to the railway station—how convenient! Shatin is also well known for its cultural heritage and horse racing activities. The Ten Thousand Buddha Temple, Che Kung Temple, Tsang Tai Uk and the Wong Uk Old House are some of the interesting historical sights that should not be missed.
Situated to the north of Hong Kong, Diamond Hill is located in Kowloon. While mainly considered a residential neighborhood, the area is renowned for two historic attractions within its vicinity. These are theChi Lin Nunnery and the Nan Lian Garden. The two attractions are easily accessible from the Diamond Hill MTR station. Plaza Hollywood, a huge shopping center, is also located here.
The beautiful Chi Lin Nunnery is a part of a 33,445-square-meter (360,000 square feet) temple complex in Wong Tai Sin District of Hong Kong. Created in 1934, the nunnery is built as per traditional Chinese-style of architecture that is highlighted by an excessive use of wood. The nunnery includes numerous temple halls that incorporate stellar oriental artworks. The complex also features zen-inducing lotus ponds, while the peaceful Nan Lian Garden also lies just a few steps away - all in all, Chi Lin Nunnery makes for an interesting visit.
The Nan Lian Garden is a beautiful oasis characterized by trees, hills and shrubs. This classic Chinese garden features carefully composed landscapes, creating breath-taking scenes. Offering a welcoming breath of fresh air, the garden has attractive wooden structures, rock carvings and oriental sculptures modeled after the Tang Dynasty style. Take a leisurely stroll amidst the greens!
Surrounded by high-rise housing estates, this 150-year-old walled village built by the Tsang clan is still going strong. High walls with formidable corner towers enclose a warren of small passages, family dwellings and the ancestral hall. Although not all areas are open to the public, a walk around the outside and through the massive entrance gates to the ancestral hall still gives the impression that not much has changed in the lifetime of the village. For a great day out, visit the nearby Che Kung and Ku Au Tseng Yuen temples and the Man Fat Monastery.
A red pagoda marks the Ten Thousand Buddhas Temple, making it clearly visible from nearby Shatin KCR station. There are 12,800 Buddhas housed in the temple, each in a slightly different pose. The statues have all been donated by worshipers and were handmade by 12 craftsmen from Shanghai, who took ten years to complete this project. There are more than 400 steps leading up to the temple, so a pair of comfortable shoes and some water is essential. The climb up to the temple leads past a modern Buddhist temple, often mistaken for the Ten Thousand Buddhas Temple.
Kwun Tong, also known as "Satelite City" is an eclectic neighborhood in Hong Kong. Originally a manufacturing and industrial hub, the area has undergone a transformation since the 1990s, when most of the manufacturing business moved overseas. The then virtually abandoned neighborhood slowly saw an influx of people in creative fields. Today the area is diverse and features everything from some of the best restaurants, galleries, boutique stores, art spaces to upscale commercial complexes. Spend a few hours exploring this many-sided "city within a city."