Adventuring Abroad: Temples and more from Hong Kong

Last time around I showed you some of the many shots I took around Hong Kong. The first thing you’ll notice right away is that there are skyscrapers….tons and tons of skyscrapers. There are 7 million people in Hong Kong after all, which means they’ve had to built up – way up. On street level it can be a bit dizzying, but take a trip to The Peak and it turns into a spectacular view. Here are a few shots in between – from the heart of the business district:

Sunrise

Densely packed buildings

Of course, I’d be remiss to mention Hong Kong and not mention shopping. In many ways it was like one big mall connected to other big malls, especially on Hong Kong Island. Louis Vuitton, Gucci, crazy expensive shops I’d never heard of before – they were all there and in great numbers. I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest shopaholic in the world, which means that if you want to get an idea of the treasures found in those shops, just go here for a good example. I was a bit more interested in shrines and temples around the city, so once we got some compulsory shopping out of our system (hey, we’d be remiss to not buy anything, right?) we headed out to see some sights.

In my last post I included a picture of a small street shrine. It didn’t take long for Alex and I to start noticing these once we hit the streets. They all vary in size and detail, but you can find these little guys just about everywhere. These shrines are to the local Gods and Goddesses of the earth, and can be found on the streets all over the city.

A few of the shrines found around the streets of Hong Kong

After our street shrine hunting, Alex and I headed over to Sheung Wan to visit one of the largest temples in the city: the Man Mo temple. Built between 1847 and 1862, this temple was built for the worship of Man Cheong (the God of Literature) and Mo Tai (the God of Marital Arts). As you walk into the temple, you can buy incense which, as you’ll see, plays a huge role inside the temple itself. Its one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most atmospheric temples, so here’s a look inside:

The Man Mo Temple, Sheung Wan

Inside the temple

A worshipper makes an offering of insense

Incense coils hang from the ceiling. The smoke from the incense is meant to carry prayers to heaven.

So much incense!

Next time well visit the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon, which is as spectacular as Man Mo, but in a much different way. In the meantime, please enjoy more pictures of the Man Mo Temple and Hong Kong over at my Flickr page.

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