Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Around Town

As Shayne's visit neared its end, we spent a little time just enjoying some of our must see spots. Even though it was relatively cold, there were a few hearty souls about.

And some families were getting ready for chicken dinner.

We spent an afternoon in Stanley where we visited the Tin Hau Temple. Tin Hau was born in Fukien Province around 960 and died at the age of 27 after a life of holiness and miracles. Tin Hau means "Empress of Heaven." She is revered for rescuing people in danger. This temple was built by 1767 and has an interesting history. There is a tiger skin hanging inside that frightens off evil spirits. This tiger stalked the grounds in the 1940's. During the Japanese invasion in 1942, local residents took shelter inside the temple. It was hit by two bombs which did not explode and everyone inside remained safe. 

There is a beautiful walkway from the water to the temple. It is built on a particularly good feng shue site.

Inside the temple sits a statue of Tin Hau surrounded by many other deities.

It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed a lunch on the waterfront at The Boathouse.

On their last night in town we took the ferry across the harbor to see the lights. 

And the ICC, the tallest building in Hong Kong, was a beautiful sight - even when my aim was not so steady.

Sadly we had to say goodbye to our guests. But we all have wonderful memories to keep us connected.