Wong Tai Sin Temple

It was my intention to go to Hong Kong Museum of History today, but unbeknownst to me (until I got to the front door) it's closed on Tuesdays. Another day...

I headed over to Wong Tai Sin temple which according to the inter web is considered a source of luck. It wasn't closed anyway...! 

Surrounded by tower blocks and construction sites it still provides sanctuary for worshippers, a place where they can pray and reflect. For the visiting tourist, it's the smell of burning incense that overwhelmingly fills the air, and adds to the atmosphere of the temple. 

From here I headed over to neighbouring Diamond Hill visiting the Chi Lun Nunnery. Much less busy and more understated consisting as it does of wooden buildings with no nails - with construction based on traditional Chinese architectural techniques. 

Just over the road, and connected to the nunnery, is Nan Lian Garden. A joint project between the nunnery and HK's government it's a surprisingly quiet and relaxing place - as traffic passes on flyovers a matter of metres away. 


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