Day Trips in Kowloon

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When visiting Kowloon, there are plenty of day trip ideas to choose from. Here are 2 recommendations from local residents.

A Celestial Rascal

The Monkey God in Chinese religion is known and loved by children. He is kind of an Asian Santa Claus, Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Mouse rolled into one. Chinese children are raised on stories about the Monkey God, a rascal who raised so much hell on Earth that he was sent to Hell. It is a well known but difficult to find temple in the Mongkok area of Kowloon. The easiest way to find the temple is to ask locals or taxi drivers. The name of the temple is Chai Tin Dai Sing or "the Great Sage Equal to Heaven." Worshipers at this temple seek health, peace and happiness. There is a medium who speaks for the Monkey God, and an interpreter relays his messages to the faithful because the medium uses a language unknown to anyone except himself, the interpreter and, of course, the Monkey God. Every year, during the last week of September is the birthday celebration of the Monkey God. This is a must see event that ends in a grand feast.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Not far from the Walled City of Kowloon is the Wong Tai Sin Temple, which sits a few yards away from the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station of the same name. It is situated on Lung Chung Road in the midst of modern towering skyscrapers. Like many Chinese temples, this one is not merely a place of worship but also a center for community affairs. Backed by the powerful Lion Rock and fronting the sea, geomancers agreed that the site where the temple was built had excellent feng shui .

From a distance, your eye is attracted to Wong Tai Sin's bright yellow roofing tiles, which were brought from Kwantung Province across the border. Much of the temple's stonework was likewise imported from the same Chinese quarries that have supplied temple builders in China during the past centuries. One the most important icons at WongTai Sin was brought to Hong Kong by a family in 1915. It is a painting they had worshiped in a temple in China called Sik Sik Yuen. It was first placed in small temple in Wanchai , but later moved to this new Kowloon site. The rear of the temple's main altar is carved to show, pictorially and in calligraphy, the story of the great god Wong Tai Sin. Every detail of this temple is so amazing that you will need a whole day to experience it all.

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