Chinese New Year at Wong Tai Sin Temple

Chinese New Year brings the second real opportunity for CNETs to travel outside of Hong Kong and venture to other parts of Asia. However, still fatigued from a whirlwind trip to Vietnam at Christmas, my parents’ visit during the Chinese New Year break was a perfect excuse to stay in Hong Kong to fully explore what it had to offer during this colourful, family-oriented celebration.  

We stood along the harbour, gawped at the impressive (albeit partially cloud-covered) fireworks display over the bay, mingled in the crowds for the Tsim Sha Tsui street parade, and took a stroll through one of the many vibrant flower markets. Our good luck and prosperity took a beating on the final day of celebrations however, as we lost a fair bit of dollar at the Sha Tin Racecourse, so we thought a trip to a temple could reinvigorate us somewhat...

With that in mind, we made a visit to Wong Tai Sin Temple. As we emerged from the MTR station, we were greeted with bustling crowds, stalls covered in various red and gold ornaments for sale, and air thick with the perfumed smell of incense. Camera in hand, I decided to capture some of these moments on video.

By Dan Pearson


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