Wonderful Hong Kong

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(by Tsem Rinpoche and Stella Cheang)

Hong Kong. The name conjures up images of gleaming skyscrapers, long stretches of heavenly street food, endless shopping options and a vibrant nightlife. In short, carefree indulgence. It is not wrong to indulge and temper the journey of life with light-hearted experiences. Such experiences, especially when shared with family, friends, and even strangers with whom our paths cross, contribute to the completeness of the human existence.

However, why not combine pleasure with merit by adding to your itinerary some of the holy sites for which Hong Kong is also renowned? The only real difference between an ordinary holiday and a pilgrimage is the motivation for the journey in our minds.

While on a trip to visit holy places, we must remember to leave behind the mental garbage that we tend to accumulate, and focus on developing a good motivation to activate our innate spiritual dispositions. In this manner, we can activate the blessings of these sacred power places to develop higher qualities in this lifetime.

Stella Cheang

 


 

Location

Hong Kong, the first Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is located off its southeastern coast at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta in the South China Sea. It comprises of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and more than 200 outlying islands.

The name ‘Hong Kong’ means ‘Fragrant Harbour’. Its strategic location combined with a deep but sheltered harbour are the main reasons why Hong Kong has become the gateway between China and the world.

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One of the world’s busiest and most modern metropolitan cities, Hong Kong operates at a pace faster than most. Hence, it will be helpful to familiarise yourself with its geographical layout prior to your visit.

  • Hong Kong Island: This is Hong Kong’s financial, political and economic hub. Besides the spectacular skyline and luxury shopping malls, it is also home to many historical tourist attractions, including the famous Victoria Peak.
  • Kowloon Peninsula: This former industrial area, once known for its low-end accommodation, is now the infamous Kowloon City brimming with international gourmet eateries, museums, markets and the Avenue of Stars.
  • The New Territories: This area north of Kowloon that comprises of outlying islands like Lantau Island and Lamma Island, is home to the world-renowned Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong Disneyland, parks and temples.

About 40% of Hong Kong’s territory consists of protected country parks. A 20-minute drive from just about anywhere in the city will bring you to sublime beaches and lush green mountains.

 

Population

In the mid-19th century, Hong Kong’s population was barely 130,000. Vigorous immigration began taking place in the late 19th century when Hong Kong was still a collection of small fishing villages but showed great economic promise as a harbour, especially after the British colonised the island.

Today, with slightly over 6,300 people per square kilometre, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated modern cities in the world. Residents enjoy a high standard of living, on par with other major metropolises like Tokyo.

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The majority of the population is of Han descent and originates from various regions of Canton in China. However, they proudly identify themselves as Hèung Góng Yàhn 香港人, a term which roughly translates as ‘Hongkongers’ or ‘Hong Kongese’ in English.

More than 95% of Hong Kong’s seven million population is ethnically Chinese and they speak fluent Cantonese and English. The Cantonese dialect is more popular than Mandarin, the official language of China.

 

Climate

Hong Kong’s climate is formally known as an ‘oceanic monsoon climate’. Characteristic of this is its mercurial weather and temperature changes throughout the year. In fact, it is an unspoken rule for Hong Kongers to carry an umbrella all year round as they experience an average of 101 rainy days annually.

Hong Kong has four distinguishable seasons:

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History

Hong Kong’s rich history dates back to the Qin Dynasty circa 220 B.C. Coins and relics from the Han Dynasty circa 200 B.C. were uncovered in Kowloon in the 1950s. There are also historical records of Arabian and Persian sailors who anchored at Hong Kong, and of others who came to acquire porcelain-making skills in the Tang Dynasty period around 618 A.D. to 907 A.D.

During the 17th century reign of Emperor Kangxi, many traders from the West arrived; first the Portuguese and the Dutch, and then the French. To contain the influx of foreign merchants to the mainland, foreign traders were limited to the port of Canton in Hong Kong. This marked the start of Hong Kong’s steady commercial growth and development.

Trade was unfavourably unilateral as the Chinese imported very little while foreigners could not get enough of all things Chinese; tea and silk were the most popular items and greatly sought after. However, all this changed when the British introduced opium.

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As opium consumption among the Chinese grew exponentially from the 1770s, the drug became the “real money” in China’s black market. At its height, there were an estimated one million opium addicts, from poor coolies and middle class traders to rich merchants, soldiers and high-ranking government officials, men and women alike.

By the 1820s, the opium trade had turned into an economic crisis for the Chinese. Two wars were fought against this unwelcomed Western influence, first from 1840 to 1842, and again from 1856 to 1858. Following this series of unsuccessful attempts to oust them, the administration of Hong Kong was transferred to the British, officially marking the start of the period of colonisation.

It was then that Hong Kong began its evolution from a collection of two dozen villages to one of the greatest port cities the world has ever seen. The population swelled as Chinese refugees fled the chaotic mainland for Hong Kong, attracted by the thriving opium trade and unusual financial opportunities. The rapid population expansion persisted until after World War II.

Many of Hong Kong’s monuments, attractions and major corporations were built in this era. Some examples are the Happy Valley Horse Track in 1844, the Man Mo Temple in 1847, St. John’s Cathedral in 1849, the HSBC bank in 1864, and the 1.4 km Peak Tram to Victoria Peak in 1888.

The immigrants from mainland China were not all desperate illiterates trying to secure a living. In fact, some were successful businessmen, bankers, financiers, entrepreneurs and property tycoons in their homeland, Shanghai and Ningbo, who brought with them financial capital and the skills to grow their riches riding on British entrepreneurial policies.

This was a pivotal period for Hong Kong, when it played the role of the world’s gateway to China. It greatly enhanced the local standard of living and defined the modern city that Hong Kong has become today. By the time the British returned Hong Kong to China, it was a critical centre of business, financial trade, tourism, fashion and entertainment.

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Where to Go: Tourist Attractions

Outwardly, Hong Kong is a wild city that never sleeps, but at its core it is quite the opposite. The majority of the population consists of families which have practised Buddhism or Taoism for many generations. Hongkongers are naturally drawn to spirituality and show genuine respect for all religions and places of worship. Furthermore, their temples and outdoor statues are meticulously preserved to cater to the large number of local and foreign pilgrims.

Apart from spiritual sights, there are plenty of other attractions that are uniquely Hong Kong. Here are some top picks by geographical location that can easily be included in your Hong Kong holiday itinerary.

 

Places of Interest: Hong Kong Island

 

Tung Lin Kok Yuen 東蓮覺苑

Tung Lin Kok Yuen is a nunnery, educational institution and historical site which is currently home to about 100 nuns and lay devotees. It was founded in 1935 by Lady Clara Ho-Tung, a faithful Buddhist who dedicated much of her time to charitable activities. She also took on the Bodhisattva Vows.

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Tung Lin Kok Yuen was built with the funds that Lady Clara’s husband gifted her for their 50th wedding anniversary. Its exterior is a union of traditional oriental and classical western elements. The interior houses a large display of ancient and valuable sculptures, plaques, calligraphies and paintings, each with a unique story to tell.

Address:
15 Shan Kwong Rd, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Central station, Exit B.
Take the tram from the station and alight at Happy Valley.

Opening Hours:
9:00am to 5:30pm daily. They break for lunch from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

 

Victoria Peak

One of the most prestigious neighbourhoods since colonial times, Victoria Peak is the highest point of Hong Kong and features stunning views that stretch all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. The tram ride up to the peak is a matchless experience in itself.

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Located at the top of the hill, the Peak Tower is as vogueish as modern Hong Kong architecture gets while the Sky Terrace within boasts a 360-degree vantage point from which patrons can dine with a panoramic backdrop of Hong Kong.

Address:
Mid-Levels, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Central station.
Take Exit J2 to ride the Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus

Opening Hours:
7:00am to midnight

 

Ocean Park

Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine life-themed park featuring more than 80 attractions, thrilling rides and performances. Located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, it occupies an area of roughly 10 million square feet and has been crowned the 13th most visited theme park in the world.

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The two major attractions are the Waterfront and the Summit, which are connected by cable car and the Ocean Express train. The park celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017.

Address:
Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island

Nearest MTR:
Ocean Park station, Exit B

Opening Hours:
10:00am to 6:00pm

Entrance Fees:
HK$480 for one-day general admission, suitable for ages 12 years and over.
Check their official website for special rates: oceanpark.com.hk

 

The Monster Building

The “Monster Building” is the nickname for a complex of five adjacent high-rise buildings that resemble a walled city, namely Oceanic Mansion, Fook Cheong Building, Montane Mansion, Yick Cheong Building and Yick Fat Building.

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The imposing edifice is the best way to get a feel of Hong Kong’s population and accommodation density, especially when seen from the courtyard enclosed by the buildings. It has become a favourite filming location in recent years.

Address:
Montane Mansion, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Quarry Bay station, Exit A.
Walk along King’s Road towards Tai Koo. The entrance to Montane Mansion and Oceanic Mansion is within three minutes’ walk from the junction at Mount Parker.

 

Lan Kwai Fong

Lan Kwai Fong is the hottest nightlife spot in Hong Kong, where patrons can find more than 90 bars and restaurants to satiate their taste buds and quench their thirst. This assembly of popular watering holes is frequented by tourists, expats and white collar workers employed in the vicinity.

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Lan Kwai Fong also hosts its own street carnivals during festivals like Halloween, Christmas and New Year.

Address:
Central, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Central station, Exit D2.
Walk along Theatre Lane and up D’Aguilar Street.

Opening Hours:
3:00pm to 3:00am daily

 

Places of Interest: Kowloon Peninsula

 

Tin Hau Temple Complex 天后古廟

The Tin Hau Temple Complex comprises of five adjacent temple buildings, namely Tin Hau Temple, Shing Wong Temple, Kwun Yum Temple, Shea Tan and Hsu Yuen. It is located in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon with the Yung Shue Tau public square in front and the popular Temple Street night market surrounding the complex.

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These temples are houses of worship to the Goddess of the Sea, Tin Hau; the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin; as well as other deities.

Address:
56-58 Temple St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Yau Ma Tei station, Exit C; or Jordan station, Exit A

Opening Hours:
9:00am to 5:00pm

 

Chi Lin Nunnery 志蓮淨苑

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Chi Lin Nunnery dates back to the 1930s and is famous for its elegant wooden architecture, sacred Buddhist relics, soul-soothing lotus ponds and beautiful statues made from gold, clay, wood and stone.

Address:
5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon

Nearest MTR:
Diamond Hill station, Exit C2

Opening Hours:
9:00am to 4:30pm

 

Nan Lian Garden 南蓮園池

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Situated opposite Chi Lin Nunnery is the 3.5-hectare Nan Lian Garden, built in Tang Dynasty style. The circuit that runs through the grounds is meant to be traversed in a clockwise direction, and it regales the eyes with wonderful views of the Lotus Pond, the Blue Pond, the Pavilion of Absolute Perfection, and the Chinese Timber Architecture Gallery, amongst many other stunning buildings and natural features.

Address:
60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon

Nearest MTR:
Diamond Hill station, Exit C2

Opening Hours:
7:00am to 9:00pm

 

Wong Tai Shin Temple

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This well-known shrine is dedicated to the immortal saint who is known for fulfilling the prayers and wishes of devotees. Every Chinese New Year’s eve, thousands of devotees wait outside the temple and rush in at the stroke of midnight to offer incense sticks at the main altar. They believe that the earlier they offer the incense, the better luck they will have that year.

Address:
2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon

Nearest MTR:
Wong Tai Sin station, Exit B2

Opening Hours:
7:00am to 5:30pm

 

Victoria Harbour

Many people say Victoria Harbour is the must-see sight of Hong Kong and consider any trip incomplete without a visit here. A narrow but deep strait stands between Victoria Harbour promenade and the impressive Hong Kong skyline where the iconic skyscrapers of the Bank of China, HSBC and the IFC Towers soar majestically into the sky.

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At night, “A Symphony of Lights” that includes more than 40 buildings on both sides of the straits lights up the harbour. It was named by the Guinness Book of Records as the “World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show.”

Address:
Admiralty, Harcourt Road

Nearest MTR:
East Tsim Sha Tsui station, Exit L6

A Symphony of Lights:
8:00pm nightly

 

Avenue of Stars

Created in 1982 in collaboration with The Hong Kong Film Awards Association, the Avenue of Stars is styled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Selected superstars of the Hong Kong film industry are given the honour of having their names displayed and handprints memorialised here.

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The Avenue of Stars is currently closed for an upgrade and exhibits have been temporarily moved to the Garden of Stars at Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Address:
Waterfront Podium Garden

Nearest MTR:
East Tsim Sha Tsui station, Exit J

Opening Hours:
Open 24 hours

 

Places of Interest: The New Territories

 

Po Lin Monastery 寶蓮禪寺

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Located on Ngong Ping Plateau in Lantau Island, Po Lin Monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks from Jiangsu Province. The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha, representing his past, present and future lives, as well as many Buddhist scriptures.

Address:
Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island

Nearest MTR:
Tung Chung station.
Take the Ngong Ping Cable Car or buses NLB No.2 or No.23 from outside the station to reach the monastery.

Opening Hours:
8:00am to 6:00pm daily.
The vegetarian kitchen runs from 11:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays, and until 7:00pm on weekends and public holidays.

 

Tian Tan Buddha 天壇大佛

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The giant seated Buddha Shakyamuni statue is not only an extension of the revered Po Lin Monastery, but also a grand attraction in its own right. Completed in 1993, this bronze statue is 34 metres tall, weighs over 250 metric tonnes and is reputed to be visible from as far away as Macau (60 km away) on a clear day.

Surrounding the Buddha are six statues known as ‘The Six Offering Devas‘, which are depicted praising and making offerings to Him. The statue sits atop three floors which house holy relics of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Address:
Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Tung Chung station.
Take the Ngong Ping Cable Car or buses NLB No.2 or No.23 from outside the station to reach the adjoining Po Lin Monastery.

Opening Hours:
10:00am to 5:30pm

 

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery 萬佛寺

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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is an impressive complex nested on a hillside that is accessible by a stairway of more than 400 steps. Modelled after Tang Dynasty architecture, the construction of this monastery was started by the Venerable Yuet Kai (月溪法師) and his followers in 1951 and was completed in 1957.

The monastery’s main attraction is its collection of 13,000 Buddha statues, a nine-storey pagoda and the unique arhat statues that line the stairs leading to the main complex.

Address:
Lots 358-359,IN D 185, Shatin, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Sha Tin station, Exit B

Opening Hours:
9:00am to 5:30pm daily.
The monastery’s vegetarian restaurant is open from 10:30am to 4:00pm.

 

Miu Fat Monastery 妙法寺

One of Hong Kong’s most eccentric Buddhist complexes, the Miu Fat Monastery was constructed in 1950 and is now home to three gold-plated statues of Buddha Shakyamuni. Each is about 5 metres tall and located in the Mahavira Hall.

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The other main attractions are the sculptures of dragons coiled over pillars, huge stone elephants and many other Buddha statues.

Address:
18 Castle Peak Road (Lam Tei), Lam Tei, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Mongkok station.
Take bus 63X from the station.

Opening Hours:
9:00am to 7:00pm

 

Tsz Shan Monastery 慈山寺

Tsz Shan Monastery houses the world’s second-tallest outdoor Guan Yin statue. This bronze statue is 76 metres in height, more than twice the height of the Big Buddha on Lantau Island. Most of the HK$1.5 billion building costs were donated by local business magnate, Li Ka-shing.

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The temple opened its doors to the public in April 2015 but access is only granted through advance online bookings. Try to make your reservation well in advance because places are limited. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive an email with the booking reference number, date of your visit, time of entry and total number of visitors; this confirmation must be presented at the time of entry.

Address:
88 Universal Gate Road, Tai Po, New Territories

Nearest MTR:
Tai Po Market station.
From here, minibus routes 20B and 20C, and bus routes 75K and 275R stop near Universal Gate Road.

Opening Hours:
9:30am to 5:00pm

Bookings:
tszshan.org

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/HKTszShan.mp4

 

Tsing Shan Monastery 青山禪院

Founded by Reverend Pui To, a travelling Indian monk, 1,500 years ago, this historical monastery is believed to be the birthplace of Hong Kong Buddhism. Attracted by the serene setting, Reverend Pui To stopped to meditate at the spot where the monastery currently stands.

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The existing structure was rebuilt in the 1920s and now houses shrines and temples for different deities and Bodhisattvas.

Address:
Tsing Shan Monastery Path, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Tsing Shan Tsuen station.
Take the light-rail line 610, 615 or 615P and alight here.

Opening Hours:
6:00am to 6:00pm

 

The Yuen Yuen Institute 圓玄學院

Established in the 1950s by monks from Sanyuan Gong, this temple in the Tsuen Wan District was built to spread the principles of three religions: Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, as well as to promote the eight virtues and social welfare.

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Its sprawling grounds are dotted with temples, pavilions, monasteries, prayer halls, decorative gardens and ponds. The main attractions are a replica of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, and the Hall of Rocks which features rocks of interesting shapes, including those of the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac.

Address:
Sam Dip Tam, Tsuen Wan, New Territories

Nearest MTR:
Tsuen Wan station, Exit B1.
Alight here and walk five minutes to Shiu Wo Street and take either minibus 81 or a taxi to the Yuen Yuen Institute.

Opening Hours:
9:00am to 5:00pm daily

 

The Western Monastery 西方寺

This Buddhist monastery was built in the 1970s in the style of a Chinese palace. A Bodhisattva statue at the entrance leads to the two-storey main monastery complex where monks chant mantras and Buddhist services take place.

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Among the attractions are a nine-storey pagoda, pavilions, gardens and lotus ponds.

Address:
Lo Wai Village, Tsuen Wan, New Territories

Nearest MTR:
Tsuen Wan station, Exit B1.
Alight here and walk five minutes to Shiu Wo Street and take either minibus 81 or a taxi to Western Monastery. It is located just next to the Yuen Yuen Institute.

Opening Hours:
9:00am to 5:00pm daily

 

Hong Kong Disneyland Park

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Situated on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland is a theme park that lets everyone relive the magic of childhood. It is inspired by fairy-tale dreams divided into seven lands, Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street.

Address:
Disneyland Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Disneyland Resort station

Opening Hours:
9:00am to 6:00pm (Monday to Friday)
9:00am to 5:00pm (Weekends and public holidays)

Entrance Fees:
HK$619 for one-day general admission, suitable for those aged 12 – 64 years of age.
Check their official website for special rates: hongkongdisneyland.com

 

Lamma Island

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A multicultural and free-spirited town that showcases the traditional laid-back life in a fishing village. The shops, boutiques and cafes at Yung Shue Wan Main Street are major tourist attractions, even for local Hongkongers. The island’s hiking, beaches and coastal views are further reasons for its popularity.

Address:
Lamma Island, Hong Kong

Getting There:
Take a ferry from Central Pier 4 to either Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan

 

Tai O Fishing Village

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Tai O Fishing Village gives visitors a glimpse of the traditional life of Hong Kong’s original settlers, the Tanka people. Situated on a river mouth, the houses are built on stilts atop the water with narrow wooden footbridges connecting the entire village.

Address:
Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Tung Chung station.
Take Bus 11 from Tung Chung town centre.

 

Festivals

Hong Kong’s major events are celebrated with spectacular, colourful and energy-packed festivities which make for a distinctive cultural atmosphere. The trademark firework displays are reserved for selected dates of the year.

 

Chinese New Year

Infused with rich tradition and history, Chinese New Year is the most colourful and widely celebrated festival in Hong Kong. It was recently listed by Forbes as one of the world’s 10 best festival extravaganzas along with Germany’s Oktoberfest and Brazil’s Carnival.

Chinese New Year fireworks display in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year fireworks display in Hong Kong

The event’s grandeur lies in the huge International Chinese New Year’s Parade with band performances on the evening of the first day, an impressive fireworks display over Victoria Harbour on the second day, and the Chinese New Year horse races on the third day. Some businesses in the city shut their doors for all three days.

 

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Usually falling in May, this one-of-a-kind festival is celebrated only in Hong Kong. Set against a backdrop of folklore and the enchanting Cheung Chau Island, which is a short ferry ride from Hong Kong city, the highlight of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival occurs at midnight of the last day — the very peculiar “Bun Grabbing Contest”.

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This is when participants scale a 60-foot Bun Tower in an attempt to grab as many lucky buns as possible within three minutes. There are also lion dance performances, martial arts performances, parades and food offerings throughout the five-day celebration.

 

Dragon Boat Festival

Crowned the most exciting festival of the year, the centrepiece of the Dragon Boat Festival is the adrenaline-pumping dragon boat race. The fierce marine battles are held over a period of three days, and are undoubtedly a more spectacular version of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

Dragon Boat race, Hong Kong

Dragon Boat race, Hong Kong

The Dragon Boat Festival usually falls in the months of May or June and attracts huge crowds from around the world. Race tickets must be purchased considerably in advance as they are usually sold out by Chinese New Year.

 

Hungry Ghost Festival

Fanned by popular horror movies, the Hungry Ghost Festival is one of Hong Kong’s most widely-celebrated festivals of the year. It usually falls in August and is somewhat scarier than its western counterpart, Halloween.

The Hungry Ghost Festival is intrinsically linked to the Chinese practice of ancestor worship.

The Hungry Ghost Festival is intrinsically linked to the Chinese practice of ancestor worship.

The Chinese believe that restless spirits and ghosts are given this opportunity to roam freely amongst the living, and some of them return with vengeance on their minds. Therefore, it is common to find believers and non-believers alike burning ‘Hell Notes’ during the festival as a way to appease restless spirits.

 

Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Towards the end of each year, from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, Hong Kong is ablaze with glittering lights and extravagant displays. Most buildings on the harbour front are brightly decorated for the festive period, a breathtaking sight not to be missed.

Christmas in Hong Kong

Christmas in Hong Kong

In recent years, the New Year countdown and fireworks are launched from both skyscrapers on the island and platforms on the harbour. The magical display illuminates the night and is visible from just about anywhere in Hong Kong.

 

Shopping

Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most renowned free port cities, and has been at the crossroads of global trade for at least the last two centuries. Thus, there is no shortage of shopping opportunities and venues here. Hong Kong’s economy is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most brilliant representations of consumerism.

Avid shoppers frequent Hong Kong for local snacks and street food, discounted computers and electronics, fashion and beauty items, jewellery and luxury watches, as well as toys and traditional arts and crafts.

Here are the top ten shopping venues that offer the variety and price range to suit every shopper’s budget.

 

1. Temple Street Night Market, Yau Ma Tei

Fans of popular Hong Kong movies, especially from the 1990s and 2000s, will be quite familiar with Temple Street Night Market as it has been featured as a backdrop in many memorable movies. This rowdy street market is located in Jordan, Yau Ma Tei in central Kowloon. Once the sun begins to set, the traders set out their merchandise while opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge.

Address:
Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Nearest MTR:
Yau Ma Tei station, Exit C or Jordan Station, Exit A

Opening Hours:
Starts at 2:00pm but gets lively only after dusk. Opens till midnight.

 

2. Ladies’ Market, Mongkok

Ladies’ Market gets its moniker from the large number of stalls selling ladies’ apparel and accessories like cheongsams, silk pyjamas, watches and handbags. More than 100 stalls are laid out along a kilometre-long stretch on this street. It is the perfect place for any avid shopper to practise and hone their haggling skills.

Address:
Tung Choi St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Mong Kok station, Exit E2

Opening Hours:
12:00pm to 11:00pm

 

3. Sneakers Street, Mongkok

Adjacent to Ladies’ Market, Sneakers Street is probably the most popular place in all of Hong Kong to find bargain sports shoes and sporting attire. Over 50 shops carry branded sporting apparel at discounted prices.

Address:
Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok

Nearest MTR:
Mong Kok station, Exit E2 or D3

Opening Hours:
11:00am to 10:00pm

 

4. Harbour City, Canton Road

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Situated right in the centre of the giant bazaar district, Tsim Sha Tsui, on the west side of Canton Road, is Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall, Harbour City. It is a popular place to buy luxury items and relax in high end eateries between shopping.

Address:
3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Nearest MTR:
Tsim Sha Tsui station, Exit A1

Opening Hours:
10:00am to 9:00pm

 

5. Cat Street Market, Sheung Wan

This junk market is famous for antiques, rare Ming dynasty furniture, ancient snuff bottles, Mao statues and wooden handicrafts. There is an interesting story behind the name ‘Cat Street’. In the 1920s, this neighbourhood bazaar had evolved into a market for antiques, second-hand items and was a well-known place from which to buy stolen goods. In Cantonese, stolen goods are called ‘rat goods‘ and the people who buy them are called ‘cats’, hence the name ‘Cat Street’.

Address:
Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

Nearest MTR:
Central station, Exit D2.
Follow the sign towards The Centre, then take the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator to exit at Hollywood Road.

Opening Hours:
11:00am to 6:00pm

 

6. International Finance Centre (IFC) Mall

This is a modern business complex that houses offices, the Four Seasons Hotel, Michelin-starred restaurants and more than 200 luxury boutiques. It is connected via covered walkways to several other luxury complexes in Central Hong Kong and to public transit hubs.

Address:
8, Finance Street, Central

Nearest MTR:
Hong Kong station, Exit A or E1

Opening Hours:
10:00am to 10:00pm daily

 

7. Wanchai Computer Centre, Wan Chai

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One of the most popular places to buy computer-related products and electronics in Hong Kong, the Wanchai Computer Centre consists of an assortment of independent stalls within a multi-floor mall. You can find a wide range of consumer gadgets here including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, accessories, screens, parts and cameras. Do haggle.

Address:
130, Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Wan Chai station

Opening Hours:
10:00am to 9:00pm (Monday to Saturday)
12:00pm to 8:00pm (Sunday)

 

8. Stanley Market

Less crowded than Ladies’ Market and the Temple Street Night Market, Stanley Market’s draw is its distance from the city and proximity to the beach. Besides offering an excellent selection of souvenirs, ornaments and fashion, the seafront boulevard of al fresco restaurants offers a wide array of choices for a laid-back lunch.

Address:
Stanley New Street and Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong Island

Nearest MTR:
Causeway Bay station, Exit F1.
Walk to Jardine’s Bazaar and then take minibus 40.

Opening Hours:
10:00am to 7:00pm daily

 

9. Citygate Outlets Mall, Lantau

The Citygate Outlets Mall is the largest outlet mall in Hong Kong with over 90 international brands like Armani, Nike and Esprit offering products at hugely discounted prices all year round. Many tourists make a trip to Citygate their final shopping spree in Hong Kong before heading to the airport. Be sure to keep some spare cash for this last stop.

Address:
20 Tat Tung Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Tung Chung station, Exit C

Opening Hours:
10:00am to 10:00pm daily

 

10. Times Square, Causeway Bay

Times Square is one of the latest additions to the infamous Causeway Bay district, best explored during the night when the spellbinding lights are on. The area is famous for the fact that some of the shops welcome customers even well after midnight.

Address:
1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR:
Causeway Bay station, Exit A

 

Shopping Tips

Shopping in Hong Kong can be a fun experience but it requires some clever bargaining and haggling skills. It is common for Hongkongers to compare prices from different shops before buying something, in line with the Chinese adage ‘Compare three shops before buying‘.

This is especially true of electronics and similar items. Investigate a few different shops and ask about the model, features and warranty terms. Inspect all the accessories before paying for the item.

There is no sales tax imposed on most items, barring alcohol and tobacco. For more information on retail prices, shoppers can call the Consumer Council at +852 2929 2222. For other enquiries or complaints, call the Customs and Excise Department’s 24-hour hotline at +852 2815 7711 (general enquiries) or +852 2545 6182 (information hotline).

 

People and Culture

The hardworking and educated people of this former fishing village turned world-class financial, trading, and business centre have inherited a hybrid culture of both the East and West. After the handover in 1997, the government adopted a bi-literate and trilingual policy where English and Mandarin Chinese are the official languages while Cantonese is the de facto spoken dialect.

Western attire has always been accepted as part of the culture, especially in business and formal settings. Traditional Chinese dresses and long gowns embroidered with unique oriental designs are usually reserved for special occasions and festivals. Hongkongers are fashion- and style-conscious; those who lack basic modesty and cleanliness of attire are frowned upon.

Martial arts is widely accepted as a form of exercise and sport in Hong Kong. Its practice is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and passed down from generation to generation. It is also a constant and recurring theme in a large number of films produced locally for both cinema and television since the 1960s, and remains one of the most passionate pastimes for Hongkongers.

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Hong Kong has a long history of betting on horse racing and playing Mahjong. Dubbed as part of the local “intangible cultural heritage,” Mahjong is often played for relaxation but usually involves an element of gambling. While Mahjong shops and parlours are not as common as they once were, friends and families still regularly get together for games.

Hongkongers are extremely superstitious; the purchase of property or land cannot be done without first consulting a Feng Shui expert about its location, orientation and the most suitable dates to conduct the transaction. The same goes for important events like weddings, product launches and key announcements. The interior layout of an office or residence is usually the product of Feng Shui alignments.

Hongkongers are also very particular about numbers and believe the spoken sound of a number or word must be auspicious. For example, the number eight or the word ‘fish’ have positive connotations in Cantonese and are very highly regarded. On the other hand, most Hong Kong buildings skip the numbers four and thirteen because of the inauspicious sound and bad luck associated with them.

Religious beliefs are undoubtedly an integral part of Hong Kong culture as people pray and make offerings at more than 600 temples, shrines and monasteries across the territory. Most Hongkongers practise an amalgamation of Taoism, Buddhism and ancestor worship. Taoist priests along with Buddhist monks and nuns are held in high regard, and are often invited to officiate at festivals, ceremonies and rituals.

 

Etiquette

A modern city moulded by centuries of British colonisation, Hong Kong has adopted many fundamentals of western etiquette while retaining certain delicate elements of oriental traditions. For example, acquaintances greet each other with a nod or a handshake if they stop to talk. The western notion of “ladies first” is often visible in business settings but reverts to a patriarchal approach in traditional family gatherings.

Hierarchy remains important in social settings; seniors or higher ranking persons are introduced and served first. Similarly, at family gatherings, older people are greeted first. Generally, Hongkongers tend to be uncomfortable with body contact, though women generally exhibit lesser inhibition with other women. Gift giving is important when you visit a home and at an introductory business meeting. Gifts are given wrapped and are not opened in front of the giver.

 

Uniquely Hong Kong

There are some experiences found only in Hong Kong.

 

Public Transport Utopia

Compact Hong Kong is home to one of the world’s most sophisticated (and complicated) public transport networks. Big buses, minibuses, ferries, railways, subways and tramways are all interconnected. Public transportation can take anyone to any part of Hong Kong all year round.

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Convenience Store Overkill

The combination of 7-Elevens, Circle-K stores and other competitors place Hong Kong on the world map for having one of the highest densities of convenience stores, at roughly one in every 3.5 sq. km. These stores are packed with ready-to-eat snacks and operate round the clock, all year round.

 

Cashless Living

Anyone can travel, dine and be entertained in Hong Kong without carrying any cash. With just an ‘Octopus’ card, anyone, including tourists, can do away with using physical currency for everything from public transportation and meals at participating cafés and restaurants to products from vending machines, 7-Eleven stores, Park n’ Shop stores and a growing list of other merchants.

 

Food Paradise

When it comes to indulging your gastronomic avatar, Hong Kong is a foodie haven. According to a report by CNN Travel, there is one restaurant for every 600 people in Hong Kong, making it the highest concentration of eateries in the world. The variety is almost without limit, but this ‘Must-Eat-In-Hong Kong-List‘ is not just about the taste but also the dining experience.

 

Dim Sum

Traditional Hong Kong dim sum meals are boisterous culinary affairs with a madness level second to none. Modern-day dim sum joints are more classy and the intensity of the experience may pale in comparison but they still offer the same top-quality dim sum flavour.

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Recommended options include:

  • Lin Heung Kui

Address: 2-3/F, No.46-50 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan
Opening Hours: 6:00am to 11:00pm

  • Tim Ho Wan

Address: Tim Ho Wan Sham Shui Po, G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 9:30pm

 

Congee

Congee is a thick rice porridge served as a breakfast staple in Hong Kong. A bowl of piping hot silky-smooth congee never fails as a comfort food, and goes well with an assortment of flavours and side dishes.

Recommended options include:

  • Sang Kee Congee Specialist Shop

Address: 7-9 Burd Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 6:30am to 9:00pm, closed on Sundays

  • Mui Kee Congee

Address: 11-12, 4/F Fa Yuen Street Market, Mong Kok
Opening Hours: 7:00am to 3:00pm

 

Roast Goose

Roast goose is a hallmark Cantonese dish in Hong Kong’s culinary tradition. The crispy skin and juicy flesh are the products of the skills of both the chef and the breeder.

Recommended options include:

  • Yung Kee

Address: 32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 11:30pm

  • Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose

Address: 427-427A Reclamation Street, Mong Kok
Opening Hours: 7:00am to midnight

 

Claypot Rice

This is a simple dish of rice steamed with cured meat and an assortment of other ingredients, then stirred together. It is a repository of as much taste and flavour as one can get from a rice dish.

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Recommended options include:

  • Hing Kee Claypot Rice

Address: 15, Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Opening Hours: 6:00pm to 1:00am

  • Four Seasons Claypot Rice

Address: 46 Arthur Street, Yau Ma Tei Kowloon
Opening Hours: 6:00pm to midnight

 

Wanton Mee

Wanton noodles are usually sold in small, unassuming shops with limited menus set along busy streets. The eggy noodles and flavourful broth keeps foodies coming back for more.

Recommended options include:

  • Mak’s Noodle

Address: 77 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 9:00pm

  • Ho Hung Kee

Address: 1204-1205, 12/F Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 11:00pm

 

Visas

Travellers to Hong Kong do not need to obtain a visa for China, but are required to adhere to Hong Kong’s Immigration Policy. Citizens of 170 countries from around the world can travel to Hong Kong visa-free for between 7 and 180 days. Citizens of other countries require a visa.

For more information, please visit the official immigration website: immd.gov.hk

 

Getting There

 

By Plane

You can fly direct to Hong Kong on more than 100 airlines from more than 140 cities around the world. All international flights land at and depart from the acclaimed Hong Kong International Airport.

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The airport is a major transport hub and travellers have plenty of choice when it comes to traveling to and from the facility, including the Airport Express, public buses, taxis and hotel coaches. The Airport Express is the most popular choice as it is fast and comfortable.

From Airport to City:

To Hong Kong city (24 mins ride)

  • First train – 5:54am
  • Last train – 12:48am

From City to Airport:

From Hong Kong (24 minutes ride)

  • First train – 5:50am
  • Last train – 12:48am

From Kowloon (22 minutes ride)

  • First train – 5:53am
  • Last train – 12:52am

From Tsing Yi (14 minutes ride)

  • First train – 6:00am
  • Last train – 12:59am

If you need more flexibility, the best alternative is to take a taxi from or to the airport. Travellers arriving in Hong Kong can hire a cab from the taxi stand by the left-hand ramp outside the Arrival Hall.

Taxis in Hong Kong are colour-coded based on their operating areas and are separated by different rows at the pick-up area:

  • Red indicates Urban taxis that serve all destinations throughout Hong Kong, including the airport but not Tung Chung Road and roads in south Lantau.
  • Green is the colour of New Territories taxis that serve only the New Territories and specific roads in Lantau.
  • Blue Lantau taxis serve the airport and all destinations in Lantau.

Taxi fares in Hong Kong are regulated and charged according to the meter. For example, a ride on a Red taxi from the airport to the main district of Hong Kong Island will cost just under HK$400, and around HK$270 to Jordan or Mongkok.

For indicative fares of more destinations, please refer to the Hong Kong airport official website: hongkongairport.com

 

By Ferry

The raison d’etre of Hong Kong is its harbour, which is well-connected to Macau and selected ports in China by high speed ferries. There are several modernised arrival and/or departure terminals across Hong Kong, and they are accessible from any part of the city. The two main ones are the Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal and the China Ferry Terminal.

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Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal

Address: 168-200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Sheung Wan station, Exit D
Opening Hours: 7:00am to 12:00am

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China Ferry Terminal

Address: 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui station, Exit A1
Opening Hours: 7:00am to 12:00am

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By Train

For travellers who prefer to travel by land, there is always the option of the railroad. From the station located in Hung Hum, Kowloon, you can board a train that plies the Beijing-Kowloon route and travels through Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Foshan and Zhaoqing. It will be joined in the near future by another railway station in West Kowloon that will connect Kowloon with Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

 

Getting Around

 

The Unique Hong Kong Tramway

The tram system is one of Hong Kong’s first forms of public transportation. It runs in the northern part of Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town, with a circuit loop through Happy Valley. This tram system is the only one in the world that operates a double decker train and is itself a tourist attraction.

Check out the fares and schedules on their official website: hktramways.com

 

The Inexpensive and Hassle-free Taxis

For an expensive city like Hong Kong, taxi rides are surprisingly inexpensive compared to other similar cities. The first two kilometres of a ride is fixed at HK$24 for Red taxis, HK$20.50 for Green taxis and HK$19 for Blue taxis. Every subsequent 200 metres is charged at roughly HK$1.60, with exact rates set by the taxi company. Special taxis that can accommodate passengers on wheelchairs are available.

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The Efficient and Affordable MTR

The MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is Hong Kong’s rapid transit railway system that includes 84 railway stations and 68 light rail stops. Connecting Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and other districts, it is one of the two most common modes of public transportation in Hong Kong with over four million trips on an average day.

For the convenience of tourists, MTR offers tourist tickets that cater to particular needs, for example, the Airport Express Travel Pass, the Tourist Cross-boundary Travel Pass, the Adult Tourist Day Pass and Child Tourist Day Pass. These passes can be purchased online or directly at the airport.

 

The Large Fleet of Buses and Minibuses

Buses are the other most common mode of transportation in Hong Kong, with more than 5,000 double-decker buses, normal buses and minibuses serving all of Hong Kong except a few outlying islands.

Bus services usually start at 5:30am and run until midnight, and are supplemented with a smaller number of night buses that operate from midnight to 5:00am on selected routes. The fares are affordable, ranging from HK$3 to HK$20 for buses and HK$2 to HK$10 for minibuses, depending on the distance and route.

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Figuring out which bus to take can be tricky unless you spend some time studying the route maps placed at bus stations and on bus company websites. The final destination of each bus is displayed on its front in both English and Chinese. To get off a minibus, the ability to speak some Cantonese will come in handy. Do not forget to prepare the exact amount for the bus fare or do away with the hassle entirely and use an Octopus card.

 

Where to Stay

When you are in a city as vibrant and trendy as Hong Kong, rest assured that you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation. Popular hotel chains of all budget ranges dot Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula. Here are some of the preferred choices of frequent travellers:

 

Hong Kong Island

 

Budget: The Mini Hotel

The prime draw of the Mini Hotel in Central Hong Kong is its excellent location for party-goers — it is just around the corner from Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong’s most happening waterhole. The rates are affordable and suitable for solo travellers or those who prefer not to share a room.

  • Address: No. 38 Ice House Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
  • Booking is available through agoda.com, booking.com and tripadvisor.com

 

Boutique: The Pottinger

The Pottinger Hong Kong offers visitors a modern heritage residence complete with exceptional in-room oriental designs, with the vibrant neighbourhood of Central Hong Kong right on your doorstep.

  • Address: 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong with the main entrance at 21 Stanley Street
  • Booking is available through agoda.com, booking.com and hotels.com

 

Luxury: The Upper House

The Upper House sits on top of Pacific Place, a glossy shopping complex, providing guests with a fantastic view of the city. The hotel has one of the most spacious standard rooms in Hong Kong, setting it apart from other luxury hotels.

  • Address: Pacific Place, 88, Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
  • Booking is available through agoda.com and booking.com

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Kowloon Peninsula

 

Budget: Panda’s Hostel

Panda’s Hostel is centrally located in Tsim Sha Tsui and promises style and convenience for travellers who need quick access to MTR stations. It is a one-minute walk from Tsim Sha Tsui station.

  • Address: Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  • Booking is available through agoda.com, booking.com, trivago.com and tripadvisor.com

 

Boutique: The Luxe Manor

The Luxe Manor is a luxury boutique hotel built in the style of grand European houses, but infused with a dash of quirky charm. Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, it is a short one-minute walk from Nathan Road.

  • Address: 39, Kimberley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  • Booking is available through agoda.com, booking.com and tripadvisor.com

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Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton is one of the world’s leading hotel chains and its Hong Kong flagship does not disappoint. From the building, one can enjoy a stunning panorama of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the loop of the harbour that separates the two.

  • Address: International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Hong Kong
  • Booking is available through agoda.com and booking.com

 

Useful Books

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Hong Kong by Jan Morris

Written in 1988 by the famed Jan Morris, a historian, author and travel writer whose portraits of cities, notably Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Hong Kong, and New York City are equally as dazzling and affectionate as her real-life personality.

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In the Land of Pagodas: A Classic Account of Travel in Hong Kong, Macao, Shanghai, Hubei, Hunan and Guizhou

If you want to infuse a bit of imagination into modern Hong Kong, see it as it was 150 years ago through the eyes of French traveller, Alfred Raquez. This book will add exuberant colour to your trip to Hong Kong.

 

VIDEO: Hong Kong City Guide

This short three-minute Lonely Planet travel video shows you around Hong Kong city.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/HongKongCityGuide.mp4

 

Sources:

  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/hong-kong-worlds-greatest-city/index.html
  • https://www.topchinatravel.com/hongkong/hongkong-facts.htm
  • https://www.gettingstamped.com/hong-kong-travel-tips/
  • https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Travel_Guide-g294217-Hong_Kong.html
  • http://www.china-mike.com/china-tourist-attractions/hong-kong/history-timeline-part1/
  • http://www.tszshan.org/home/new/zh-hk/index.php
  • http://www.everyculture.com/Ge-It/Hong-Kong.html

 

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  1. S.Prathap on Jun 24, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Thank you for the nice write up about wonderful Hong Kong.It is one of the world’s busiest and modern metropolitan cities.bout 40% of Hong Kong territory consists of protected country parks.
    A 20 minutes drive from just about anywhere will lead you to sublime beaches and lush green mountains.This article will be helpful for the first time visitor who plan a trip to Hong Kong.Thanks once again for sharing this article.

  2. Sofi on Feb 8, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    What a wonderful detailed write up of Hong Kong! Makes me realise how much I had missed on my previous visits. I didn’t know that they have so many temples, monasteries and other places of worship. Yes, it is a really vibrant and fast-paced city that never really sleeps as you will find interesting things to do, eat and visit at most hours of the night. Would love to visit the tall Kuan Yin and sitting Buddha Sakyamuni if I do visit Hong Kong again. This time I will all the information from this site to help me plan a better trip. Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this informative article.

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  4. Anne Ong on Jun 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    As for as i know, hong kong is a wonderful place for shopping and food. Especially dim sum. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Stella for sharing beautiful pictures and places of hong kong.😍👍

  5. wan wai meng on May 30, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Hong Kong being a foodie haven, they would also have vegetarian places that are to die for I am sure. That would be one of the main reasons I would visit Hong Kong.

    One of the things I admire is their ICAC (independent commission against corruption) agencies, they will put the fear into the corrupt people.

  6. Cc on Apr 12, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for sharing a detail travelogue.

    Hong Kong is a strategic location for logistic.
    Hong Kong is also famous for egg tart, milk tea and cookies.

    Will plan a trip to visit Tian Tan Buddha.

  7. Samfoonheei on Apr 12, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Hong Kong is a former British colony, in southeastern China. Its vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper and beautiful architectural high buildings. It’s a shopping and foods paradise to many tourist. It is a place with multiple personalities as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and having been under British colonization. I have not visited Hong Kong before but heard of its beauty of certain place which I love to visit places like the Po Lin Monastery , the Tian Tan Buddha where our Guru has been there before. A visit to the the world ‘s second tallest outdoor Guan Yin Statue at Tsz Shan Monastery could be wonderful too. Its seem there are many beautiful monasteries and places of interest for one to visit.
    Thank you Stella Cheang for this wonderful and a detailed sharing. It will be easier for a first timer like me visiting Hong Kong.

  8. Gugi on Apr 12, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Thanks Stella, great job!
    Showing those sides of Hongkong is really very interesting. I have been there a few times and need to go there again. Never knew of those places . So next trip will be different!!

  9. Lin Mun on Apr 11, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Hong Kong is a very interesting and vibrant city. It has the combination of modern, traditional, western and eastern style in food, fashion, buildings, people and many other things. I have been to Hong Kong twice and have great opportunities to visit Tian Tan Buddha and Ten Thousand Buddhas monastery. Hong Kong is definitely a fast pace country and very congested. Every part of the city are full with people. A very different environment as compared to Malaysia.

    One of the very interesting info mentioned is that Hong Kong preserve 40% of the territory as country parks. This is such a good and intelligent move by the government. So much greens despite the tall and huge skyscrapers.

    Thank you Stella for sharing this detailed article about Hong Kong.

  10. Datuk May on Apr 11, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Hong Kong is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is the meeting of the best of the east and west, both in ways of self indulgence and to many aspect spiritual and religious. It is a city where you can indulge in the finest cuisine or have a hearty more affordable meal by the stores along the lanes of Hong kong. Same applies for shopping and having fun of night life.

    I have experienced Hong Kong for many years and I still recall the days when going to Lantau Island was by ferry boats and the biggest treat on Lantau Island was a vegetarian meal at one of the small nunneries on the island. My father had many friends in Hong Kong and these uncles would arrange for us to spend the whole day in Lantau island savouring vegetarian meals from lunch to supper.

    Hong Kong is a city worth experiencing and thank you, Rinpoche and Stella for this spectacular detailed travelogue.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:50 PM
    In general jealousy seems to be bad for any relationships. It’s a feeling of resentment against someone, feeling of insecurity and conflict. It’s human nature. It’s natural to feel jealous from time to time. Well it becomes problematic when we act out in jealousy. Everything happen for a reason, some people have been doing well , wealthy and some do not , all these are our past karma. We should not feel jealous but rejoice for them. We should try self-confidence letting go the situation. Jealousy can be harmful as it will hijack our mind, ruin our relationships, destroy our family, and some extreme cases such stealing or killing as well . At times jealousy becomes lethal, as do domestic fights, and ends up killing others or themselves.
    To avoid jealousy we should accept and begin to appreciate who and what we are. Always rejoice to others and take them as an inspiration example. We should think less about ourselves, and more about others. Learning Dharma , practicing Dharma and putting into action , our jealousy will disappear. It’s the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/question-on-jealousy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:48 PM
    What a wonderful way going on a holy pilgrimage, and serving a Great Lama. Khensur Rinpoche who is a good friend of our Lama for 27 years. Rinpoche had known Khensur Rinpoche since Rinpoche time in India. Khensur Rinpoche had spent his whole life living in the monastic community teaching. Kensur Rinpoche had established Shar Gaden Monastery where the practice of Dorje Shugden and lineage is protected and preserved.
    Looking at all the pictures tells us a thousand words, how the team lead by Su Ming and team serving a Great Lama Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Such as taking them to see the doctor for medical check-up having all the necessary tests done, to see the dentist as well as checking their eyes and so forth . Well done Su Ming and team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which will inspire us to go all the up serving monks.
    In a way to show , gratitude to them how we appreciate their present .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 02:44 PM
    Great and clear explanation for us to understand as well as to increase our knowledge of why bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our lives. Big statues have been always been regarded as big blessings for the area around it and also the sentient beings that live around that area.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat have many holy outdoor statue to create cause for people come to pilgrimage, embucirculate around the statue will help those have heavy body karma.Thank you very much for this article.


    https://bit.ly/386stv0

  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:48 PM
    Many countries around the world have looking and working with China. They realised being friendly with China is a wise choice for the benefits for the growth of their country. China has become world largest economy country. For Tibet befriending China in long term will benefits both countries. Time had changed with Tibet having workshops with the Chinese is a good sign improving their relationship after all these years . People have their right and freedom to choose what they practice. Practicing Dorje Shugden is nothing to do with China. Every one of us have the right and freedom to choose what we want to practice. HH Dalai Lama is looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be happen if the Tibetan leadership, letting go of the past and have more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government in future. And solving all the political problems and lifting Dorje Shugden’s ban once for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:45 PM
    It is heart breaking, reading this article again, what Pastor Jean Ai had gone through and experience. Yet with strong determination all those abuses and attack by people whom she do not know, she did continue with her practice. Could not imagine how ungrateful the Tibetan Leadership treated the sponsor. Without the funds, sponsorship, monasteries and Dharma institutions would not able to survive for sure. Kechara organisation, and many others kind sponsors had sponsored millions to the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of India. Not only that sponsoring of monk robes, books , statues , painting and jewelleries to name a few. Even changing the flooring of the monastery as well. Can imagine those sponsors go all the way to send them all those stuffs. And have raised so much sponsorship for them and had donated yearly in fact or when they asked for. And now none of them are allowed to go to the monasteries any more . All because they had practised Dorje Shugden’s practice. Countless other lamas and Shugden practitioners had raised funds for the monasteries too and they too were not allowed to have connection with. Sad ….there is no religious freedom at all. By now after decades , I do hope the Tibetan Leadership will lift the ban on Dorje Shugden for a better peaceful communities. May more read this post for a better understanding of what happening in the Tibetan Leadership and those in exile living in India.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for speaking up for the Tibetan people and for those Dorje Shugden practitioners .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:21 PM
    Different people have different reasons for wanting to become ordained. Sometimes I do wonder if unless the reasons are right, one should not get ordained but on the other hand I think maybe one should take the leap of faith even if the reasons are not entire “correct”.

    Modern people becoming ordained is tougher than in Buddha’s time, there are much inner and outer battle they need to overcome. May those who have the thought arise to be ordained, have more determination to make it happen. Thank you very much,for sharing this mind-changing article with all of us.

    https://bit.ly/2TeCHnH
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:55 PM
    With their expertise a radiant energy scientist, a sound healer, an energy healer and a music composer, coming together to explore knowledge of cold energy . Li Kim and team going to haunted houses to experiment the energy. The haunted house they went looks scary. Joining them is also a Taoist master, finally concluded the presence of supernatural beings, as their findings found that the energy are dark and cold. As the unseen beings do no harm, they decided to do Taoist prayers and combined healing of sound, energy before leaving the area. I do believe those unseen beings do exist. Glad to learn that sound can heal the environment and souls. . Sound wonderful .
    Thank you, Li Kim and team for this sharing.this knowledge.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/ghosts-and-hauntings/the-sound-of-light.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:32 PM
    It is not surprised that many huge Buddha statues were built in many parts of the world both of a religious and secular nature.The bigger the Buddha statues will definitely beneficial to the surrounding area with positive energies, calming the area of wars and natural disasters .

    In Malaysia we have huge statue of Lord Murugan of Batu Caves and Kuan Yin Statue at Kek Lok Si in Penang.Thank you very much for the wonderful sharing with beautiful pictures of World Largest Statues.

    https://bit.ly/2uxPmtO
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:36 PM
    In Dharma, we learned that everything is impermanent, good thing will never last forever, that’s why we should not be attached to it as when it was gone, we will suffer tremendously, and a good news is, bad things never lasts.
    Life is a journey filled with opportunities, hardships, heartaches and its test for our courage. There is always a reason of our existence in this life.Thank you very much for this good article.

    https://bit.ly/37PSlv3
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:05 PM
    Life is too short to wake up with regrets. I believe that everything happens for a reason ,and there is a reason behind everything. That’s why Rinpoche asked to think carefully and consider certain things. Due to Rinpoche’s clairvoyance, Rinpoche knew the consequent. Rinpoche wanted us to learn to be responsible for our decisions that is beneficial to all and not jumping into anything blindly. And that is how I pray to what I want to come to be published.
    Glad to know some knowledge of Mount Shasta which I have not heard before being one of the world’s preeminent sacred mountains.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this wonderful sharing with important explanations, some knowledge to learn and guidelines for us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/growing-up-with-rinpoche-mount-shasta-and-our-first-dorje-shugden-post.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:05 PM
    It won’t be supress Rinpoche felt more Indian as Rinpoche have been staying in India long enough. His early life spent in the monastery in India, serving his teachers and the monastic community, has taught Rinpoche cooking more Indian foods than western foods. Even all these years in Malaysia, Rinpoche preferred Indian cuisine which is rich in spices and masala such as dhal, paneer tikka, aloo mattar and paneer butter masala. Rinpoche will go all the way his students to serve Indian food to visiting Sangha so they would get a taste of home. Glad to know more of Rinpoche through this article. With Rinpoche explanation of how he felt and inherent in the Indian tradition culture, traditional spiritual practice and devotion to a spiritual teacher. All these points that Rinpoche was more Indian as what Rinpoche felt and having a strong connection with it.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-rinpoche-felt-he-was-more-indian
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 23. 2020 09:17 PM
    So brave of Raden to risk his life to save the dog. How many of us would dare to take this step? It is an inspiring story that we all should care and love all living beings. They deserve to live freely too. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heart warming story.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aussie-model-saves-dog-read.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 23. 2020 09:00 PM
    It is ridiculous to think that a rabbinical court would sentence a dog just because they believe he was the reincarnation of a lawyer who offended the judge before. How would the judge know and can confirm that the dog is the reincarnation of the lawyer? Isn’t it abusing of power to make baseless allegation? This is us human trying to be more superior than animals and make decision based on own interest. Horrible act.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-lawyer-dog.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:42 PM
    Beautiful artwork done on these two Vajra Yogini statues by KSA team . Just from a simple statues to a colorful blinking beautiful realistic images of Vajra Yogini. Well done to KSA. Merely looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these stunning pictures of Vajra Yogini.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/thupten-la-and-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post explaining each and every steps the importance of starting our Dharma practice on Tsongkhapa and Vajrayogini being one. Besides our daily sadhana we should engage in Vajrayogini’s practice without delay. Life is short, not to waste our time . Start now learning from stretch, as Rinpoche has create the beautiful pure land for us to practice Dharma. For me,I still have plenty to learn and improve myself . I am one of those lucky one to have meet Rinpoche in this life and to become part of Kechara. Reading this post gave us a better understanding of how to prepare ourselves before receiving the practice of Vajrayogini . We are indeed fortunate to have Rinpoche sharing this post , once again thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html

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    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
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    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
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    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    11 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    11 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
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    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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