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Know Your Gods: Guanyin

Is she a he or a she? Or does he just look like a she? Or perhaps she was always a she and never a he in the first place; it's sometimes hard to tell. With the opened shirt and lipstick any one of us could have made the same mistake. Plus it was dark and we'd all had a bit to drink. Known variously as Guan Yin, Kwan Yin ...

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Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong
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When it comes to Hong Kong temples, Wong Tai Sin may be the most famous of them all. Said to be the temple at which every prayer comes true, it may only be a little over 90 years old, but what it lacks in ancient history, it more than makes up for with its wish-granting popularity. Home to not one, not two, but three religions ...

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Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong
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When you've seen one temple, you've seen them all. Or so the saying goes. And while that may be true of some Hong Kong temples, there are others which you can't let such a notion allow you to miss. Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road, is one of them ...

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Mid-Autumn Festival 2013: Full Moon Rising

It's Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 in Hong Kong, and that means colour, lights, and a whole lot of moon cake being eaten. As a festival that celebrates light and the spectacle of the full moon, mid-autumn festival is traditionally the most colourful and spectacular in Hong Kong's festival calendar.

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Mid-Autumn Festival 2012: How was it for you?

So the best festival of the year (sorry Chinese New Year) has now been and gone. All those lanterns; all those lights. Tai Hang turned into a smoky vision of hell as the Fire Dragon wound around its streets. Victoria Park turned into a spectacle of burning candles, glowing ninjas, and ...

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Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Hong Kong

Performed for well over 100 years in the Tai Hang area of Causeway Bay, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance has grown from a village ritual into one of the most popular events of Hong Kong’s mid-autumn festival celebrations. It is hard to imagine when you visit the area now, but Tai Hang was once ...

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