Hung Shing temple

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The Hung Shing temple is dwarfed by the tower blocks behind it. According to the Chinese Temple Committee’s website, it was probably built in 1773 for the worship of Hung Shing, the deity for protecting fishermen and sea traders. The ornamentation inside this small temple is very fine and it is well worth a visit.

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Inside the temple was a small wooden boat, so I asked the guy in the photo below about this boat. He looked at the writing on the boat stand, found a huge fat book, then worked out that it was made in 1903. This is the boat that worshippers will take out to sea for the Hung Shing festival on the 13th day of the second lunar month.

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The temple was richly perfumed with incense coils, who’s ashes are collected in these silver plates which hang below the burning coils. I blieve that one’s names are added to the red stickers and labels seen below.

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There were several deities in this temple, but I do not know their names.

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Not all Chinese temples are so well made as the Hung Shing temple (below left). As I walked back to the station, I noticed this small shack at the side of the path which also seemed to have religious artifacts (below right).

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