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Keep going and you will soon arrive at the Tin Hau Temple, built more than 200 years ago in honour of the goddess of the sea. Although there are more than 100 temples dedicated to Tin Hau in Hong Kong, this one is particularly atmospheric, tucked behind giant boulders inscribed with messages of good fortune. There’s even a historic cannon — a reminder of the days when piracy was rampant in Hong Kong.
You’ll find the remnants of bunkers, sentry posts, explosives magazines and gun emplacements. “It’s interesting to wander through a war relic in a city that has a relatively peaceful history,” says hiking enthusiast Daryl Chan. The battery saw intense fighting during the Japanese invasion in 1941, but for most of its history, it has sat idle, except for the weekend visitors who come to admire the ruins.