Northwestern New Territories
Hong Kong's northwestern towns and villages are ideal field locations for studying the heritage, economic transitions and ecological
changes of the country's rural districts. While it now is home to a number of huge modern dormitory towns, the area still offers many
surprises in the shape of tranquil settings, rustic hamlets, verdant forests and delightful scenery.
 
 
Boat Beached on Oyster Reef
Lau Fau Shan, New Territories
  Farm & vegetable Field
Ha Pak Nai, New Territories
  Village Mailboxes
Tuen Mun, New Territories
 
 
Hung Shing, also known as Hung Shing Ye and Tai Wong, was a government official in the Tang Dynasty named Hung Hei serving Pun Yue in present-day Guangdong, China. He promoted the study and application of astronomy and geography, contributing to the well being of  People under his governance, especially fishermen and sea traders. Unfortunately, he died young and after his death, fishermen in the surrounding area built many temples to worship him. An Emperor of Tang dynasty named him to be Nam Hoi Kwong Li Hung Shing Tai Wong, lit. the Saint King Hung the Widely Beneficial of South Sea. It is usually shortened to Hung Shing or Tai Wong. His birthday is 13th day of 2nd month in Chinese calendar.
Paper Bark Trees
Nam Sang Wai, New Territories
  Ferry
Nam Sang Wai, New Territories
  Hung Shing Temple
Yuen Long Kau Hui, New Territories
Neat and tidy vegetable field at Ying Pun in the northwestern New Territories.
 
 
Vegetable Field
Ying Pun, New Territories
  Fish Farm
Nam Sang Wai, New Territories
  Tree House
Shui Mei Tsuen, Kam Tin , New Territories
 
 
Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda
Ping Shan, Yuen Long, New Territories
  Community Hall
Ping Shan, Yuen Long, New Territories
  Ching Shu Hin College
Ping Shan, Yuen Long, New Territories
 
Castle Peak Monastery 2007 and 2011
 
Incense Spirals
Castle Peak Monastery, Tuen Mun, N. T.
  Decorated Door
Castle Peak Monastery, Tuen Mun, N. T.
  Banana Grove
Tuen Mun, New Territories
Tin Hau, also known as Mazu (lit. Mother-Ancestor) is the Taoist goddess of the Sea who protects fishermen and sailors, and is revered as the patron saint who protects East Asians who are associated with the ocean. Her mortal name is Lin Moniang. According to legend, Lin Moniang was born in 960 (during the early Northern Song Dynasty) as the seventh daughter of Lin Yuan on Meizhou Island, Fujian. She did not cry when she was born, and thus her given name means Silent Girl. There are many legends about her and the sea. Although she started swimming relatively late at the age of 15, she soon became an excellent swimmer. She wore red standing on the shore to guide fishing boats home, even in the most dangerous and harsh weather. According to one legend, Lin Moniang-s father and brothers were fishermen. One day, a terrible typhoon arose while they were out at sea, and the rest of her family feared that those at sea had perished. In the midst of this storm, depending on the version of the legend, she either fell into a trance while praying for the lives of her father and brothers or dreamed of her father and brothers while she was sleeping. In either the trance or the dream, her father and brothers were drowning, and she reached out to them, holding her brothers up with her hands and her father up with her mouth. However, Moniang-s mother now discovered her and tried to wake her, but Moniang was in such a deep trance or dream that it seemed like she was dead. Moniang-s mother, already believing the rest of their family dead, now broke down, crying, believing that Moniang had also just died. Hearing her mother-s cries, in pity, Moniang gave a small cry to let her mother know she was alive, but in opening her mouth, she was forced to drop her father. Consequently, Moniang-s brothers returned alive (sadly without their father) and told the other villagers that a miracle had happened and that they had somehow been held up in the water as a typhoon raged. There are at least two versions of Lin Moniang-s death. In one version, she died in 987 at the age of 28, when she climbed a mountain alone and flew to heaven and became a goddess. Another version of the legend says that she died at age 16 of exhaustion after swimming far into the ocean trying to find her lost father and that her corpse later washed ashore in Nankan Island of the Matsu Islands.
 
 
Pak Tai is a Taoist god of the North. Pak Tai, also named Yuen Tin Sheung Tai (Supreme Emperor of the Dark Heaven), was a prince of the Shang Dynasty. During the fall of the Shang Dynasty, the Demon King ravaged the world. The Taoist Primeval Deity (also known as Yuen Chi Tin Chuen then ordered the Jade Emperor to appoint Pak Tai as the commander of twelve heavenly legions to fight the evil. Pak Tai defeated the Demon King and was subsequently granted the title of Supreme Emperor of the Dark Heaven. In Pak Tai temples, the bronze tortoise and serpent under the feet of Pak Tai's image signifies that the good always prevails over the evil. The Chinese world celebrates his birthday on April 21.
Tin Hau Temple
Mong Tseng Wai, New Territories
  Castle Peak
  Pak Tei Temple
Yuen Long Kau Hui, New Territories
Hak Ka Wai, a walled village near Sheung Shui in the New Territories of Hong Kong
 
This exposed volcanic ridge offers spectacular panoramic views...
 
Hung Shing Temple, Ho Sheung Heung, New Territories, Hong Kong
Hak Ka Wai
Sheung Shui, New Territories
  Kai Kung Leng / Cockscomb Ridge
  Hung Shing Temple
Ho Sheung Heung, New Territories
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