Saturday, 12 September 2015

Travel Log: Tin Hau and Kwun Yum Statues (Repulse Bay Part 1)

After spending and hour or two in Aberdeen I went down to Repulse Bay. Once you get past all of the caf├ęs, bars and restaurants there's an exquisite temple dedicated to Tin Hau and Kwun Yum. Tin Hau is the goddess of the sea, temples dedicated to her are all over the island. The one by the sea, the one this post is dedicated to, is supposed to keep guard of the fisherman and the surrounding village. It's all very interesting actually, most of the statues and blocks have little plaques with little snippets of information about when the Japanese tried to take over and facts about Tin Hau. I'm not going to sit here and pretend to be an amazingly intelligent and knowledgeable person - the information I just typed up was from the plaques and a tiny bit of Google.  It is all very fascinating though so it's worth reading up on if you get a chance, the Chinese are very spiritual!

I really enjoyed doing something different to shopping, don't get me wrong, I love shopping but it's nice to just take a step back and be appreciative about my surroundings. It's almost as regal the floating restaurant I mentioned in my last post, though, it does have a more religious/spiritual feel to it.  

I've felt much more relaxed since I arrived in Hong Kong actually, even though it can get pretty busy, some people are a little ignorant and it's hot all the time. That stuff is really easy to forget about when faced with such amazing views. Everything was so intricately made and some of the statues were hundreds of years old, it's like standing in an outdoor museum. Also, it's looking out onto the bay! It's a mix between man-made and natural beauty. I would wholly recommend Repulse Bay to any aspiring photographer, if you can capture both aspects it's very easy to shoot. 

Apparently you're supposed to throw coins at the Fish Of Prosperity statue for luck, I didn't because I didn't know at the time. I just thought it was a weird fish because there's a baby riding on the back of it...

Thanks for reading! I've had a busy day for content today so thanks for bearing with me, I've never been good at the type and schedule thing. Anyway, stay tuned for my post about liquid nitrogen ice cream at Repulse Bay! I'm sure I'll have more for this weekend, too. I'm just not sure what I'm doing tomorrow, it might be another market...

2 comments:

  1. Hi. I enjoyed your blog on the Hong Kong time. I'm illustrating a book about a sacred mountain in the New Territories in Hong Kong. It is in fact a large nature reserve and eco area. Your blog and any information helps to create images for me to work with. Thanks for that.
    My e-mail should you want to chat is: nat.way9@btinternet.com
    Thanks again...
    Rob

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    1. Thanks for reading! I'm pleased that you found my Hong Kong series useful. I'll have to be on the lookout for your book! Xx

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