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Hong Kong has a unique culture which has been shaped over time by many different forces. Experience the values and beliefs that bring Hong Kong’s people together and create a joyous vibe. Numerous tourist attractions give you a broader sense of Hong Kong, the Cantonese language, the Taoist temples and the unique Chinese culture influenced by Western settlement that is celebrated here. Unlike any other place on earth, Hong Kong continues to progress and mould in line with its past and present.
Dragon Boat Water Parade of Tai O
A religious event with more than 100 years history, the dragon boat water parade of Tai O is an annual festival in the town of Tai O. Fishermen row dragon boats through the Tai O waters after collecting ‘deity statues’ from four ancient temples. These statues are displayed and towed through the waters, after finally being returned to their temples. Experience this moving ritual on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
Golden Bauhinia Square
Located near the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Golden Bauhinia Square is a culturally significant spot marking the 1997 handover from the British to the People’s Republic of China. Each day between 7:50am and 8:03am you can see the traditional flag-raising ceremony or view the Reunification Monument. The ceremony and Victoria Harbour surrounds make this a rewarding, sentimental experience.
Hong Kong Museums
Various museums illustrate Hong Kong history and culture and offer rewarding tourist experiences. The Hong Kong Museum of History packs over 400 years of Hong Kong history into the one building; The Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum explores ‘the father of Modern China’; and The Hong Kong Heritage Museum displays relics of ancient Hong Kong and South China culture amongst 12 different exhibition halls. You can also visit restored villages which bring to life ancient Hong Kong towns.
Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree and Tin Hau Temple
A popular attraction in Tai Po is the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree and the Tin Hau Temple. For years people would throw ‘joss paper’ adorned with wishes onto a banyan tree with the aim of getting it to land on the highest branch. Due to the popularity of this wish-making during festivals, wishes are now attached to make-shift, pretend trees or wooden racks nearby. The Tin Hau Temple at Lam Tsuen has been here since the 18th century as a tribute to Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea. The God of War and the God of Literature are also celebrated on this famous site.