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Temples tell a tale of segregation in the past

The temples in Tai O tell many stories of how the village thrived on fishing and salt-making activities in the past, including a tale of segregation between salt workers and fishermen.

Monday, 2 April, 2012, 12:00am

The many faces of the Goddess of Mercy

Guan Yin descends from the heavens on a lotus flower. In a white robe, the Goddess of Mercy is surrounded by a soft, golden light. She dips a sprig of willow in a vase and sprinkles holy water from home to home.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

A festival that repays a god's protection

The birth of the Da Jiu festival dates back to 1778, when a group of villagers gathered on Tap Mun (Grass Island) to celebrate a Tang family wedding.

18 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Out and about

Monolithic piles of naturally occurring boulders popularly known as amah's rocks, lover's rocks or yun yuen shek (conjugal stones) can be found across the region. The implied meaning of the Cantonese term mong fu shek - 'dreaming of husband stone' - is, shall we say, rather more basic.

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Hell on Earth during Hungry Ghost month

According to Chinese legend, ghosts roam the Earth during the seventh lunar month. And last month, on the seventh day, the 'Gate to Hell' opened and restless spirits were let loose.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Oh, the paint of it all! An artist brushes away her tears

Memories of the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution still haunt Linda Liao Lin. Born in Nanning, Guangxi province, during the turbulent period, she learnt about the dark side of humanity at an early age.

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Great escapes

Historic Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist temples not only make for superb sightseeing, but also provide sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the modern world

Green Lung: Jiangmen?s temples

20 Apr 2005 - 12:00am


South China Morning Post photographers have raced to capture Hong Kong's defining moments in the years since the newspaper hit the streets. In this, the publication's centenary year, our researchers are trawling the archives to illustrate a forthcoming book celebrating 100 years of history as seen through the camera lens.

11 May 2003 - 12:00am

Fire power

Villagers celebrate the Tin Hau festival with a dragon dance at Yuen Long Stadium yesterday. A favourite of fishermen, Tin Hau is marked in the third lunar month.

28 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Strait open for pilgrimage

A group of 45 Taiwanese pilgrims arrived at Meizhou Island off Fujian province to pay homage to a deity after Taiwan authorities eased decades-old cross-strait shipping restrictions.

The group, in six fishing boats, left Taiwan's Yilan county on Saturday afternoon for a 20-hour journey to Meizhou, believed to be the birthplace of Matsu, Goddess of the Sea.

17 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Harbour museum scheme submitted

A permanent venue for dragon-boat racing, a maritime museum and a statue of Tin Hau or Chinese patriot Qu Yuan are proposed in the latest plan submitted to the Town Planning Board for Victoria Harbour.

2 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Gold stolen from temples

Two Tin Hau temples - on Po Toi Island and High Island, Sai Kung - were burgled yesterday. Golden ornaments were stripped from the Queen of Heaven statue at Po Toi.

Earlier gold necklaces worth more than $35,000 were reported stolen from High Island. Two men were stopped as they left the Po Toi temple but one escaped. A 39-year-old man is helping police.

8 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Islanders in festive reunion

Former Crooked Island villagers have returned to the border islet for a thanksgiving ritual for Tin Hau, the goddess of seafarers.

About 3,000 former settlers, some of whom have emigrated to Europe, have returned for the four-day Ta Chiu ceremony, held once every 10 years.

17 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Praying to pass on his nest egg

Village egg-seller Soo Chio asked the goddess Tin Hau for a miracle when he prayed on her birthday yesterday at the Lei Yue Mun temple.

The 74-year-old said he completely understood the government policy to rehouse the whole of Lei Yue Mun village, but wished it would abandon the plan.

11 May 1996 - 12:00am

Body in bath

A MAN thought to be a police officer broke open the door of his Tin Hau Temple Road flat to find his 40-year-old wife dead in the bath. The woman had bolted the door after telling the maid to go out.

21 Nov 1995 - 12:00am