I can’t really believe I’ve never noticed the big and colourful temple at the East end of the big beach at Repulse Bay… but fact is, I did.
The temple is dedicated to the goddess of the sea: Tin Hau. There is no main hall (at least not one that I could recognise, the main building I saw included a shop and fridges selling soft drinks) but two big statues of Hong Kong’s beloved deities, Kwun Yam (the goddess of mercy) and Tin Hau. The towering traditional Chinese statues stand 10 meters high and are in sharp contrast to the ultra-modern high-rise skyline.
A little bit further East is a Chinese garden with more statues – and it is very kitschy! There is a big fish, a lantern and plenty of other deities representing many folk gods. And of course: all in bright colours and hard to miss.
There is also a longevity bridge, and it is said that for every time you cross it, you add three days to your life. I guess I have to go back to the temple and walk across the bridge!