These large spirals hanging from the ceiling of the Man Mo Temple are incense cones. Buddhist and Taoist belief holds that the smoke purifies the surroundings, attracts the attention of the gods, and carries prayers to heaven. It is also believed that the smoke is food for the spirits of ancestors who had previously died. After an incense cone is ignited at the end, it burns for weeks, carrying the worshipper's prayers and wishes up to the gods in heaven and ensuring good fortune and prosperity.
Temples benefit financially from the sale of incense cones, each of which has a red tag with the name of the worshipper who made a donation to the temple.
Those who cannot afford a large incense cone can light individual incense sticks, which they wave over their heads during prayer to attract the attention of the gods. Once the prayers are completed, the incense sticks are stuck into an urn placed before an altar where they eventually burn out.
The Man Mo Temple, located on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, Central, was built in 1847. It the largest and most important of several temples in Hong Kong dedicated to the gods of literature and martial arts. Man Cheong is the god of literature, and Mo, more appropriately called Kwan Yu, is the god of martial arts. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, scholars and students studying for the rigorous civil examinations prayed to these gods for success in their studies.
The Man Mo Temple is part of a complex with three components, including the Man Mo Temple itself (for the worship of Man Cheong and Kwan Yu), the Lit Shing Temple (for the worship of all heavenly gods), and Kung So, an assembly hall where community affairs and disputes were resolved. (In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many Chinese preferred to have disputes resolved in accordance with traditional Chinese and Confucian law rather than British law).
The interior of the Man Mo Temple is lavishly decorated in the traditional Chinese colors of red and gold, and contains altars, religious statues and artifacts, two nineteenth-century house-shaped chairs used to carry the two gods during festival processions, and incense cones. The centerpiece of the temple, however, is a statue of Man Cheong (dressed in a green robe and holding a writing brush) and a statue of Kwan Yu (dressed in red and holding a long sword).
A gift from the Chinese government marking the 1 July 1997 return of Hong Kong to the China.
Members of the Hong Kong Police Force, dressed in immaculate uniforms 11th and 21st of each month at 7:45am with the Police silver Band performing the national anthem and background music, conduct an impressive flag-raising ceremony at the square.
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
MTR Wan Chai stn exit A5 then follow the signs to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Thanks John that is very encouraging. The only drawback is that it will be at the Xmas period and the flights expensive. My friend has said I can stay for free and eat for free so I guess it will still be quite a cheap week
We were walking on Hong Kong Island from Central to Victoria park one day in February - it was actually very cloudy and didn't see Kowloon from here. We went over Wanchai promenade which is great place to see dogs and people interact with eachother - because that is one of the few public areas where dogs are allowed to get some fun. Did you notice that dogs aren't that plentiful around HK? These whose we saw here were really taken good care of and well groomed - owners looked proud of them; but it also seems that there's latent competition on whose dog looks the best :)
Wanchai promenade is actually nice place to sit down in weather like that - because when you cannot see views you can watch animals playing and people socializing. I think it's polite if you ask the carer before (if) you want to caress the dog; in the end you may enter some really interesting conversations.
You can go through below the Hongkong customs terms and conditions. I hope this will be more helpful to you..
Adult mouth care; Allergy care; Analgesics; Calming and sleeping products; Child-specific OTC healthcare; Cough; cold and allergy (hay fever) remedies; Digestive remedies; Ear care; Emergency contraception; Eye care; Medicated skin care; NRT Smoking cessation aids; OTC obesity; OTC statins; OTC triptans; Vitamins and dietary supplements; Wound treatments
In Hong Kong we only get 1 day off which is the 1st October. On the mainland they get between 7 and 10 days but there has been talk recently of stopping this holiday as it is very disruptive. Many mainland tourists will visit HK during that period. It is also made busy by the fact that it is Fair season. You have a big Electronics fair and the Canton fair around late September to mid October which will make finding accomodation more difficult. On the plus side the weather is great then with little chance of rain and warm sunny weather.
If you can get a deal which includes accomadation then come. If you want to find a hotel yourself then expect to pay between 60 and 80% more than the months either side.
QUEEN’S ROAD was named- like the harbour and Peak- in honour of the British Empire’s Queen Victoria. It runs along the original coastline of Hong Kong Island, following ancient rural tracks, stretching West and East from Central.
DES VOEUX ROAD, reclamation created a new waterfront during the Governorship of Sir William Des Voeux. His Road obliged the Post Office to build a new colonnaded tower. Trams still trundle down the road, as they first did in 1904.
WELLINGTON STREET. Western settlers built their first Hong Kong Club in 1846 near the coastline, beside Wellington Street, where the first Roman Catholic Cathedral stood. The bustling back lane still climbs uphill diagonally with elevated sidewalks.
A century ago, Tsim Sha Tsui had a beach and Nathan Road was a tree-lined highway heading north. The road’s famed “golden Mile” is now many kms long.
Ah-Ba - father (affectionate term)
amah - house maid
ban mui - Filipina (derogatory term)
Cantonesecatty - Chinese unit of weight; approx. 1.33 lb/0.7 kg
CMB - China Motor Bus; HK bus company known for reckless drivers
choi sum - delicious Chinese vegetable
cognac - as advertised, something to be consumed only in the presence of men
congee - rice porridge
conservative - in HK context, someone whose politics are somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun
Consumer Council - HK government body that investigates retail fraud
daai paai dong - low-priced street-side restaurant
dim sum - tasty dumplings served literally a la carte, on carts wheeled table-to-table in Chinese restaurants.
Disco Bay - Discovery Bay
Discovery Bay - bland, antiseptic housing development on Lantau Island
dollar 1 - Hong Kong dollar (HK$1.00) = US$0.13 r
expat/expatriate - normally refers to Caucasian residents of Hong Kong
faan gwailo - more belligerent term than gwailo
fung shui - Chinese traditional belief in good fortune in relation to geographical alignment of structures; used by HK immigrants abroad to explain cutting down every tree in sight
Giordano - clothing retailer founded by Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing
Green card - identity card given to legal immigrants by the USA government (by the way, it isn’t really green)
Right of abode - The only British colonial subjects who have right of abode in the UK come from Caucasian-majority colonies (Gibraltar & Falklands)
RSPCA - Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Sam’s - Famous tailor in Kowloon
SAR - Special Autonomous Region; what HK is under Chinese rule
Scarborough - “New Hong Kong”; Toronto suburb
Shenzhen - Chinese industrial city bordering Hong Kong
Sing Daan Faai Lok - Merry Christmas
snakehead - smuggler of illegal immigrants
Star Ferry - ferry between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
to taam - to spit; another of Hong Kong’s national pastimes
Tolo Harbour - highly polluted body of water in New Territories
triad - Chinese criminal gang
Tsim Sha Tsui - tourist district, known for dishonest shopkeepers
Tsim Sha Tsui East - district known for night clubs popular with triads and Chinese officials
Tsing Tao - popular (and good!) Chinese beer
TVB Jade - HK’s most popular television station
Urban Council - responsible for museums, libraries and parks
VR - Vietnamese refugee
wai - Cantonese way to answer the telephone
14K - major criminal triad gang
1997 - On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong ceased to be a British colony and became a Chinese one instead
8 - lucky number in Cantonese, means “wealth”
88 - twice as lucky as number 8
Mark Six - Lottery; held twice weekly
Mid-Levels - overpriced upper-middle-class district on HK Island; also renowned for potholes
Mongkok - Kowloon district crowded with people and boutiques
MPF - Mandatory Provident Fund: retirement fund which all HK workers are now required to set up
MTR - Mass Transit Railway; the subway train system
Mui, Anita - Hong Kong pop music diva
Nathan Road - major shopping area and traffic corridor of Kowloon
Nei ho - Cantonese for “How are you” or “hello”
New Territories - northern half of Hong Kong’s area
Ngoi foo - Father-in-law (wife’s father)
Ni hao ma - Mandarin for “How are you” or “hello”
Oolong - type of Chinese tea
Pacific Place - posh shopping mall on HK Island
Patten, Chris - last British Governor of Hong Kong; loathed by China
PCCW - company founded by Richard Li
The Peak - posh residential area on top of Victoria Peak
PRC - People’s Republic of China
renminbi - monetary unit in China
Repulse Bay - upper class area on south side of Hong Kong island
RHKJC - Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club
gwai - ghost; demon
gwai jai - child gwailo (literally: junior demon)
gwaipoh - female gwailo
gwailo - “demon man”; in other words, a foreigner
H.M.S. Tamar - base where British Navy was located in central business district
hoi moon lai see - lucky money given by a groom to bridesmaids to make them “open the door” to his bride before a wedding
Hunan - province in China
Hung Hom - low rent district in Kowloon
hung mo gwai - “red haired demon”; belligerent term for gwailo
II - illegal immigrant
Inland Revenue - tax department
Iron Buddha - popular variety of high-quality Chinese tea
Jiang Zemin - Chinese president; successor to Deng Xiaoping
Joi gin - Goodbye
Lan Kwai Fong - entertainment district in Hong Kong where all the trendy young foreigners hang out
Lantau Island - outlying island; site of new airport
Macanese - native of Macau
Macau - Portuguese colony near HK; reverts to China in 1999
mafoo - stable master; trainer of racing horses
Mandatory Provident Fund - mandatory private pension fund for all HK employees
It is interesting to note that 3 different banks issued the Hong Kong currency - China Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Hong Kong Shanghai Bank each with their own design.
Hong Kong Dollar has been pegged to the US dollar.
HKD 7.8 = USD 1
Coins: 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, $2, $5, $10
Banknotes: Freq. used $10, $20, $50, $100, $500
Rarely used $1000
"Poon Choi" or "Big Bowl Feast" - a type of food served in metal basins, this feast has become so popular that many people visit the New Territories specifically to try this age-old delicacy. Used to be wooded basins but changed to metal basins for health reasons.
Poon Choi often includes pork, beef, lamb, chicken, duck, abalone, ginseng, shark's fin, fish maw, prawn, crab, dried mushroom, fish ball, squid, dried eel, dried shrimp, pig skin, bean curd sticks and radish. The ingredients vary village to village.
Once cooked the ingredients are layered in a basin, with ingredients that can absorb sauces such as radish, dried eel, dried shrimp, pig skin and bean curd on the bottom. Braised pork is placed in the middle layer while traditional village delicacies such as chicken, duck, fish and prawn are left till last.
Poon Choi is normally eaten layer by layer instead of "stirring everything up", but those who cannot wait will often choose to pick up the juicy radish at the bottom first using shared chopsticks.
Formerly a dish exclusive to villages and served only during religious rituals, festivals, special occasions and wedding banquets, Poon Choi can now be enjoyed at many restaurants in the autumn and winter or on special occasions throughout the year.
I personally prefer the village version as restaurants don't have the village atmosphere.
Always hand a piece of paper to somebody using both hands. This shows respect. This especially rings true if the receiver is somebody important.
You will notice that Hong Kong Chinese always hand business cards with two hands (coupled with a slight lowering of the head). If you use one hand, you will be considered rude.
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