- Tin Hau Temple, Sai Wan, Cheung Chau, Outlying Islands
Tin Hau Temple at Sai Wan
Around 200 years old and still in use, the Tin Hau Temple in Sai Wan on the tiny island of Cheung Chau epitomises just how important the Goddess of the Sea still is to Hong Kong’s islanders.
Tin Hau is revered by not just fishermen, but anyone whose life and destiny is tied to the sea. Temples that honour her are found in abundance in Chinese coastal communities throughout Asia, and Hong Kong is no exception.
Inside this temple, you’ll find a bronze bell dating back to the Qianlong era (1736–1796), while a small pavilion behind the temple provides a good vantage point for the picturesque beach that lies below.
Turn right at Cheung Chau Ferry Pier, walk along the coast for 20 minutes; or take a 10-minute boat journey from Cheung Chau Public Pier to Sai Wan Kaito Pier, then walk for another two minutes.