"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.

  • Last visit to Tai Po: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Oct 14, 2006 at 12:11 PM

    lovely page! Nikos

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2006 at 11:11 AM

    Great tips for CNY in Tai Po. Even when you don't believe it is a wonderful experience.

  • p_yenyen's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2006 at 6:26 AM

    I must go to this place when i will be there in end april. :-)

  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2005 at 1:29 PM

    Thanks for this wonderful pic... and great tip greetzzz RoyJava

  • Jun 10, 2004 at 10:22 PM

    Visitor should be aware that the big "Wishing Tree" isn't the real one. The real one is a smaller tree in the village (30m from the big tree)

  • kellykiar's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2004 at 11:13 AM

    I wrote more then 10 wishes and my "bao tie" still right to the target, haha, a good 2004 is waiting me...

  • Audrey118's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2003 at 11:56 PM

    I see lots of these wishing trees in the cantonese movie TVBs...geez - i like to go there and try my throwing as well...

  • Sep 1, 2003 at 10:12 PM

    Well, I do believe that wishes do come true! I tried it many times=) Thanks for sharing...Have a wonderful trip in Yunnan!

  • Alain_Smeets's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2003 at 3:27 AM

    All people hope that wishes come true in all cultures, like even wishing on a falling star. Great informative page, it's maybe a place to see when I'm back in HK again. So did you use the big or the small tree?

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2003 at 4:22 AM

    Virginia, it matters not if you are Christian, Moslem or Jew, dreams and wishes can still come true, I wish for friends to visit Israel and those dreams come true ;O))))))


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