The large red barge in the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter may look like just another houseboat, but it has a special place in the life of Hong Kong's fishing community. Its folding metal gates conceal a Taoist temple to goddess of the sea Tin Hau that serves as a daily place of worship for the shelter's fishermen. It is visited by sailors from around the world. Temple chief Leung Yau, who opens the temple from 8am to 4pm, said it was created by a fisherman during the Japanese occupation to house a statue of Tin Hau found on Triangular Island in the Pearl River Delta. Mr Leung said he visited the island again in the early 1990s and found another statue of the deity - thought to be 200 years old - and an ancient stone monument in a ruined temple. He brought the sacred objects back to Hong Kong and put them on display in the temple. A third statue of Tin Hau, obtained from Macau, was added later. Lee Hon-so, of the Triangular Island Goddess of Tin Hau Shrine of Peace Association, which runs the temple, said it was towed to Aberdeen every year for the annual four-day Tin Hau Festival, where it formed the centrepiece of celebrations. 'On May 21 and 22, Taoist monks hold rituals in the boat to pray for fishermen and their families and on May 23, thousands of people come into the temple and worship Tin Hau.' Mr Leung said the association wanted to build a temple on land to replace the floating shrine to improve worshippers' safety. It had commissioned a design for it five years ago - in the shape of a boat surrounded by a castellated wall - that would be ideal for the A-King Shipyard site. 'At least six visitors, including children and elderly people, have fallen into the sea while trying to enter the temple,' he said. 'We all had to jump into the sea to save them. Luckily, they all survived, but we are afraid somebody may drown one day.'