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Wishing Trees and Tin Hau Temple at Lam Tsuen
Lam Tsuen, in Tai Po, was already a residential area 700 years ago during the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279). Today, it still bustles with people and visitors thanks to its two ‘wishing trees’ and Tin Hau Temple.
Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees
In the past, whenever there was a festival, villagers would throw joss paper into these two trees and make wishes. The higher the branch the joss paper landed on, the more likely it was the wish would come true. People from all over Hong Kong still come here in their droves to make wishes during festivals; however, as it’s not just local villagers hoping to try their luck in the trees anymore, measures have been introduced to protect the wishing trees from becoming buried in paper. Nowadays, wishes are more tidily made by tying joss paper to nearby wooden racks or imitation trees.
Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea, is revered by fishermen and anyone whose life and destiny is tied to the sea. Temples that honour her are found in abundance in Chinese coastal communities throughout Asia. Hong Kong is no exception.
The Tin Hau Temple in Lam Tsuen was built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736–1796) of the Qing dynasty. The main palace of the two-hall structure is dedicated to Tin Hau, while on one side of the main palace stands Man Mo Hall, dedicated to both the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo). On the other side is the Temple for Justice, built in honour of 12 noble-hearted men who protected the Lam Tsuen villages during less peaceful times.
- Bus 64K or 64P at MTR Tai Po Market Station, get off at Fong Ma Po Station.
- Minibus 25K and get off at Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees.
- MTR Tai Wo Station and take a taxi.