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Fascination Hong Kong (Part 3) - Tradition in the urban jungle

After Part 1 of my Hong Kong series of preliminary planning and first steps on unfamiliar soil was about preparing your Hong Kong trip and in Part 2 On the Road in the City at the Fragrant Harbor, I told you how to get from the airport to the center and what options the locomotion there is, I'll take you in part 3 on an exciting and sometimes bizarre one Travel to a world full of superstition, mighty gods and beautiful temple. Have fun while reading.

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  1. Man Mo Temple - Huge incense sticks and offerings
  2. Fung Ying Sin Koon Temple - Grandmaster IP Man's final resting place
  3. Che Kung Temple in the New Territories
  4. Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery
  5. Chi Lin Nunnery at Nan Lian Garden
  6. Po Lin monastery on Lantau
  7. Tin Hau Temple
  8. My final thoughts

Man Mo Temple - Huge incense sticks and offerings

The Man Mo temple in the Hollywood Road on Hong Kong Island was the first temple that we visited and for me also the first temple that I have ever seen from the inside. The Man Mo Temple is a Taoist temple, the same two deities, the the Literature (man) and that of the War (Mon) is dedicated.

It's not very big, but as soon as you step over the threshold you are in another world. Candles everywhere, coils of incense hanging from the ceiling and lots of smoke. I immediately noticed the little red notes hanging in the middle of every incense spiral. Later I found out that these are the prayers of the believers, which are to be carried with the smoke to the gods.

We were standing here in the midst of believing people who all probably have a normal job, have cell phones, computers or cars and watched them at the altar Offerings in the form of flowers, fruit, even opened drinks and fully prepared meals set out. The souls of the dead are to be nourished with the gifts and the gods are to be appeased. At the latest here another world begins, which you may not always understand, but which will also fascinate you at the same time.

Coils of incense hanging from the ceiling
Flowers and offerings

Altar with offerings in the form of flowers, fruit, even opened drinks and fully prepared meals

The whole temple is filled with smoke
A young woman who pays homage to the gods

There are candles and bowls with incense sticks everywhere

Prayers of the faithful to be carried with the smoke to the gods

You can find the temple nestled in the middle of the skyscrapers on the Hollywood Road on Hong Kong Island (Closest MTR station: Sheung Wan). He is Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs no entry.

The Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Fung Ying Sin Koon Temple - Grandmaster Ip Man's final resting places

The Daoist is right across from the MTR station in Fanling Fung Ying Sin Koon Temple, Location of many films and final resting place of Grandmaster IP Man, the famous teacher of Bruce Lee. Although we did not find his tomb, the Fung Yin Sin Koon Temple is one of the most magnificent in Hong Kong. As soon as you step out of the MTR station, you can see its bright red roof. Then you just have to go to the other side of the street and stand in front of the small hill on which the temple was built by the dragon sect.

If you still believed in the Man Mo Temple that it couldn't get crazier, you will learn better here. As in many other temples, it is one for the locals Place of prophecies and prophecies. They come here to let fortune tellers predict the future and even the lottery numbers, make their offerings and burn sacks of paper in a huge furnace that can be found in almost every temple complex.

On the so-called Joss Paper, also called hell money, all kinds of objects such as houses, cars, televisions, clothes or money are shown. Like the prayers in the Man Mo Temple, these should reach the afterlife through the smoke that is created when the paper is burned, in order to meet the wishes and needs of the dead. For us a crazy superstition, but a shop in Hong Kong, because the paper can be bought in bundles in shops or from the numerous dealers in front of the temple complexes.

The Daoist Fung Ying Sin Koon Temple in Fanling

Many Chinese people light their incense sticks in front of the temple

The incense sticks were introduced centuries ago by Buddhist monks
The smoke from the incense sticks is also said to have a cleansing effect

Ancestral hall next to the temple

Flowers and offerings in the ancestral hall next to the temple

Adjacent courtyard with further pedigree

In the small niches you will find the urns with the ashes of the deceased.

A sea of ​​many individual stories

Another little tip: In the MTR station there is the on the right-hand side just before the exit Sushi take-out with a great selection of makis and nigiris. Before we looked at the temple complex, we made ourselves comfortable on a bench outside the premises and had lunch first.

Short lunch break before visiting the temple: Sushi from the sushi take-out in the MTR Fanling station (Shop 3)

Che Kung Temple in the New Territories

The Che Kung Temple is dedicated to General Che. He put down a revolt against the then emperor during the Song Dynasty and is still strongly revered for his courage in southern China. There is an impressive golden statue of him in the large prayer hall.

Che Kung Temple in in the New Territories

Preparations for the Chinese New Year celebrations

Impressive golden statue of General Che in the prayer hall

Separate area in the prayer hall

We completed the tour of the temple with a visit to the Heritage Museums in the New Territories joined us and the exhibition “Bruce Lee: Kung Fu. Art. Life ”in honor of the 40th anniversary of his death. From the MTR station Che Kung Tempel it is only a 5-minute walk from Exit A over the pedestrian bridge to the museum. The exhibition will until July 20, 2018 shown.

Bridge in front of the Heritage Museum with skyscrapers in the background

Exhibition “Bruce Lee: Kung Fu. Art. Life ”at the Heritage Museum in the New Territories

Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery

The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery lies on a small hill in Shatin in the New Territories just a few meters from the MTR station of the same name. The way to the monastery is signposted and easy to find. The ascent to the monastery, on the other hand, is strenuous, as it is sometimes very steep up. If you need a breather, you have the opportunity to rest on a bench every few meters and you can just do it the countless Buddha imagesthat line the entire way to the top.

Entrance sign to the Monastery of the Ten Thousand Buddha

Different Buddha figures line the way to the monastery

Difficult climb to the monastery
One of the many seating areas on the way to the monastery

There are standing and sitting Buddhas, laughing Buddha, praying Buddha, lean and fat Buddha figures, Buddhas who meditate, read or teach something, Buddhas with long robes or in war armor. Buddhas with something in their hands and Buddhas with long beards. Sometimes bizarre, but also very amusing.

Wandering Buddha
Sitting Buddha

Buddha in war armor
Thoughtful Buddha

Thoughtful Buddha with a long beard