Tin Hau Festival Celebration at Sai Kung

The 23rd of March of the Lunar Calendar is the birthday of Tin Hau (or Mazu in Taiwan). According to informal historical recording, she was born in China around the 10th century and was later became the Goddess of the Sea.

This year, the Tin Hau birthday (or Tin Hau Festival) was on 8 May 2018. There are various celebration activities held by local communities in Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and several traditional fishing villages.

On last Saturday, my family and I visited Sai Kung, an old fishing village in Hong Kong, and had a glimpse into one of the local celebration events.

The 23rd of March of the Lunar Calendar is the birthday of Tin Hau (or Mazu in Taiwan). According to informal historical recording, she was born in China around the 10th century and was later became the Goddess of the Sea.

For fishermen and people living in the coastal areas of China, this is one of the most important dates to them as Tin Hau is believed to be able to predict weather conditions and help to keep fishermen save at the sea.

This year, the Tin Hau birthday (or Tin Hau Festival) was on 8 May 2018. There are various celebration activities held by local communities in Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and several traditional fishing villages.

On last Saturday, my family and I visited Sai Kung, an old fishing village in Hong Kong, and had a glimpse into one of the local celebration events.

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Sai Kung is located in the eastern part of the New Territories. We first took the MTR and changed to route 962M public bus at the Tiu Keng Leng MTR Station.

Route 792M Bus Stop at the Tiu Keng Leng Station

Route 792M Bus Stop at the Tiu Keng Leng Station

The bus will go through the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Pak Sha Wan and Sai Kung City.

Bus Stop at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Bus Stop at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Pak Sha Wan Yacht Bay

Pak Sha Wan Yacht Bay

Pak Sha Wan Ferry Pier

Pak Sha Wan Ferry Pier

Sai Kung City

Sai Kung City

Within 30 minutes, we arrived at the Sai Kung Bus Terminus next to the Ferry Pier.

Sai Kung Bus Terminus

Sai Kung Bus Terminus

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My boy’s friend was waiting for him at the public library and so we rushed to there without any delay.

 

New books related to the cultural background and history of the district are on display. If you want to know more about Sai Kung, take a look of these.

New books related to the Sai Kung District are on display

New books related to the Sai Kung District are on display

 

Of course, some reference books as my time-killers for the coming weeks!

Books of my interests

Books of my interests

 

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Today’s Lunch

Kids are hungry and so had a quick-lunch at a small local cafe near the pier.

My set lunch - Spaghetti with BBQ pork, omelette and served with toast

My set lunch – Spaghetti with BBQ pork, omelette and served with toast

The two cups of hot Hong Kong style “milk-tea” at the top were excellent!

However, milk-tea is not my favourite and so I had the iced lemon tea instead.

Briased Tofu with oyster sauce

braised Tofu with oyster sauce

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork

Western style fried rice - my boy's favourite

Western style fried rice – my boy’s favourite

Another set lunch with instant noodle

Another set lunch with instant noodle

Despite the cafe (Chan Kuen Kee 陳權記) is very small and the environment is not that comfortable, the foods are reasonably priced and to my surprise, quite yummy. 👍👍

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Festival Event

Next come the theme of the day, the Tin Hau Festival celebration event that lasted for five days from 7 to 11 June 2018. The major highlight of the celebration is the traditional Chinese Opera held next to the Sai Kung’s Tin Hau Temple.

Traditional Chinese Opera

Tin Hau Temple at Sai Kung City Area

Tin Hau Temple at Sai Kung City Area

 

Large opera house that accommodates several hundreds of audience was built adjacent to the Tin Hau Temple.

Temporarily built Chinese Opera House

Temporarily built Chinese Opera House

 

You can also find large traditional red flower banners like the one shown below that are erected to celebrate the festival.

The old Sai Kung Public School next to Tin Hau Temple

The old Sai Kung Public School next to Tin Hau Temple

Traditional Chinese Opera for the celebration

Traditional Chinese Opera for the celebration

Programme Schedule of the Chinese Opera

Programme Schedule of the Chinese Opera

Traditional Red Lantern hanged on the top of the opera house

Traditional Red Lantern hanged on the top of the opera house

 

Celebration Carnival

Right next to the Opera house are over 40 small booths selling various kinds of traditional and localised foods as well as handicrafts that provide wonderful eating/shopping experience to the visitors.

Carnival next to the Opera house

Carnival next to the Opera house

 

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Other Points of Interests

1.  UNESCO Geopark

My boy and his friends would like to visit the UNESCO Geopark Volcano Discovery Centre, a wonderful place with lots of information on the pre-historical background of the Sai Kung area.

The UNESCO Geopark Volcano Discovery Centre

The UNESCO Geopark Volcano Discovery Centre

Since we have been there for so many times, I decided to walk along the Sai Kung Promenade by myself.

Sai Kung Promenade

Sai Kung Promenade

2.  Seafood

Sai Kung is an old fishing village and it is very famous for its quality seafood.

Quite a lot of the visitors would like to shop for fresh seafood directly from the fishermen, as such there are a number of floating seafood stalls close to the public ferry pier.

Floating Fresh Seafood Stalls

Small boats selling fresh seafoods along the public ferry pier

Small boats selling fresh seafood along the public ferry pier

Wide variety of seafood, attractive colours and properly arranged on the small boats.

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Seafood Restaurants

Others prefer to visit the seafood restaurants instead.

Seafood Street with a lot of Seafood restaurants

Seafood Street with a lot of Seafood restaurants

Chuen Kee - One of the most famous restaurants

Chuen Kee – One of the most famous restaurants

Hung Kee - Another famous restaurants

Hung Kee – Another famous restaurants

Hung Kee - FIsh display

Hung Kee – FIsh display

These seafood restaurants are quite pricey and remember to check the menu carefully.

 

3.  Boat Tours and other water activities

If sight-seeing is your cup of tea, you can join some of the boat tours to visit the nearby islands where you can hike, swim or have water skiing.

Boat tours to visit nearby islands in the Sai Kung Area

Boat tours to visit nearby islands in the Sai Kung Area

Some of the boats for the tours

Some of the boats for the tours

Visitors going out for water skiing

Visitors going out for water skiing

Speedboats lining up for loading of passengers

Speedboats lining up for loading of passengers

 

4.  Dragon Boat Racing – Practice

The Tuen Ng Festival is coming on the next Monday (18 June 2018) and Sai Kung is one of the places for hosting of dragon boat racing.

Rowers are putting their extra efforts in the practice.

Dragon Boats parked next to the ferry pier

Dragon Boats parked next to the ferry pier

Dragon Boats with the head and tail not yet installed

Dragon Boats with the head and tail not yet installed

Rowers lining up for the practice

Rowers lining up for the practice

 

5.  Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Golf Course

The Kau Sai Chau Golf Course is run by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and provides standard golf course as well as training services to the public.

Unlike other prestige golf courses in Hong Kong, you don’t need to be a member before using the service. Just pay the rental fee and you can enjoy the exercise.

There are also restaurants in Kau Sai Chau providing beverage service to the visitors.

Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Golf Course Ferry Pier

Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Golf Course Ferry Pier

Jockey Club Ferry service to Kau Sai Chau

Jockey Club Ferry service to Kau Sai Chau

6.  Flea Market

There is a regular Flea Market held on every weekend at the end of the Promenade.

Not many of them are opened in the early afternoon today. May be most of the visitors have been to the carnival and these stall owners opted to open their stall later in the evening.

Stall selling handmade T-shirts and small bags

Stall selling handmade T-shirts and small bags

Full precussion set for kids to play

Full percussion set for kids to play

 

7.  Bird Viewers

When I strolled along the public ferry pier, I noticed that there are a group of people crowded together at one side of the pier.

Bird viewers and photographers

Bird viewers and photographers

Wow, look at those high-end cameras and the super-telephoto lens!

They are waiting patiently for the special moments when seagulls coming to catch the fishes.

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After spending the whole afternoon in Sai Kung and enjoying the wonderful moments, its time to leave.

Picked up my family at the Geopark Discovery Centre and we took the route 92 bus back to the Choi Hung MTR Station.

On our way near the New Clear Water Bay Road, there was a police road block for prosecution of speeding.

Police with their speed detection device hidding behind the bushes

Police with their speed detection device hiding behind the bushes

Road Block at Clear Water Bay Road

Road Block at Clear Water Bay Road

 

Oops, sorry – few hundred bucks please, for the speeding.

Speeding drivers are stopped and to be fined !

Speeding drivers are stopped and to be fined !

 

  1. Wow the market / festival looks so awesome. In my 6 years in hk I have never participated in these kind of festivals haha. Kinda embarassed now.

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    1. Why felt embarrassed? This was my first time as well !! 🤣🤣

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      1. Haha cuz i never went and i live there. So sad.

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