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Wong Tai Sin Temple, also known as Sik Sik Yuen, is one of Hong Kong’s most popular points of worship among tourists and residents as well. The temple has cross-philosophy appeal because it honors not only Taoism, but also Buddhism and Confucianism rather than a single religion. Do a bit of pre-visit research to see if you can correctly identify the icons associated with each sect when you reach the temple.
A 4th-century monk, born Huang Chu Ping, became a deity in China in his 50s. He was given the name Wong Tai Sin when he achieved immortality. 16 centuries later, Taoists brought a sacred portrait of the monk to Hong Kong and established the temple housing his likeness. Join other worshippers at the temple in giving an offering, looking for divine guidance and seeking information about your fate and fortune.
The temple is very large, nearly 200,000 square feet (18,000 square meters), in a bustling area of Kowloon. Beyond the tall triple-arched entrance, find the Nine-Dragon Wall (Kowloon is Chinese for nine dragons) and the impressive main altar with steps broad enough to welcome all visitors. Let the bright red of the altar against a blue sky provide an uplifting start to your day. Note feng shui elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth in the temple structures.
Visit the Good Wish Garden to enjoy the picturesque walking bridge, green-tiled roofs and serene pool filled with colorful swimming koi and sunning turtles. Participate in the intriguing practice of kau cim. Watch an experienced worshipper and then follow along. Kneel, holding a cup of numbered sticks. Shake the sticks as you make a wish. When one stick falls out, take it to a fortune teller for interpretation. Then wait for your wish to come true.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, 4 miles (7 kilometers) north of Tsim Sha Tsui. Take the Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong MTR lines to Wong Tai Sin station and walk north across the square to the temple. General business hours are followed daily, with longer opening hours during the Lunar New Year.
Located in Eastern Kowloon, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mikiki, Plaza Hollywood and Chi Lin Nunnery. Nan Lian Garden and Wong Tai Sin Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hong Kong Diamond Hill Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hong Kong Wong Tai Sin Station is 15 minutes.
Located in Mong Kok, this luxury hotel is steps away from Flower Market and Yuen Po Bird Market. Mong Kok Stadium and Sneaker Street are also within 10 minutes. Hong Kong Mong Kok East Station is 7 minutes by foot and Hong Kong Prince Edward Station is 8 minutes.
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This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre and Ladies' Market. Wong Tai Sin Temple and MegaBox Shopping Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km). Whampoa Station is 29 minutes by foot and Hong Kong Lok Fu Station is 26 minutes.
Located in North Point, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Harbour City. Bank of China Tower and Ladies' Market are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hong Kong North Point Station is only a 3-minute walk and Hong Kong Fortress Hill Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Kwun Tong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre and Kowloon Bay. Victoria Harbour and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal are also within 3 miles (5 km). Hong Kong Choi Hung Station is 19 minutes by foot and Hong Kong Kowloon Bay Station is 25 minutes.
Located in Kowloon City, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Flower Market and Nathan Road Shopping District. Kowloon Bay and Victoria Harbour are also within 2 miles (3 km). Hong Kong Kowloon Tong Station is 9 minutes by foot and Hong Kong Shek Kip Mei Station is 18 minutes.
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