"Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree" Tai Po by vigi
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A delight in this district is the Wishing Tree outside the Tin Hau Temple in Lam Tsuen. An ancient banyan, it is festooned with red and gold incense papers and other offerings thrown into its branches by the faithful - and the hopeful. Adjoining trees thought to be equally lucky also bear their share of colourful wishing papers.
According to tradition, at Chinese New Year, people pray for year-long peace by scribbling their dreams on slips of red paper tied to an orange with string. They then toss them into the air. If the lucky paper charm catches on the tree, it is said that the wish will be granted.
Although I am Catholic and don't believe in these "traditions" its fun to blend with the amosphere during Chinese New Year.
The Tin Hau Temple near the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree was built around the time of Emperor Qian Long of the Qing Dynasty and is the largest temple of its kind in Tai Po. The temple's main hall is dedicated to Tin Hau, which people called the Goddess of Heaven, while on either side of the main hall stand, respectively, a Hall dedicated to both the God of Literature and the God of War (the Man Mo Hall) and the Temple for Justice, built in honour of 12 noble-hearted men who protected the Lam Tsuen villages in the past.
Take the Kowloon Canton Railway (KCR) to Tai Po Market Station and transit for a bus or taxi to Lam Tsuen.
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