|a checklist of wishes, how convenient!|
|looks delicious but I was full :(|
|Tin Hau TempleTin Hau, Goddess of the Sea, is revered by fishermen and anyone whose life and destiny is tied to the sea. Temples that honour her are found in abundance in Chinese coastal communities throughout Asia. Hong Kong is no exception.|
|Every year during the Chinese New Year Celebration, this is also were they park the floats!|
The original well-wishing tree is still around but no throwing is allowed anymore. Instead, there is a new tree adjacent to the old one which will let you throw till your heart's content. For some, it seemed hard to hook the fake orange onto the tree but for me, it was easy. (I got mine hooked in my first shot!) Perhaps I wasn't asking for something that's too much for the gods to grant?
Lam Tsuen Wishing TreesIn the past, whenever there was a festival, villagers would throw joss paper into these two trees and make wishes. The higher the branch the joss paper landed on, the more likely it was the wish would come true. People from all over Hong Kong still come here in their droves to make wishes during festivals; however, as it’s not just local villagers hoping to try their luck in the trees anymore, measures have been introduced to protect the wishing trees from becoming buried in paper. Nowadays, wishes are more tidily made by tying joss paper to nearby wooden racks or imitation trees.
|This is what we came all the way for... LOL|
throwing fake oranges at a fake (?) tree
|poor tree, please hark our prayers!|
|In the old days, families can only light a lantern in the ancestral temple when they had a boy.|
Afterwards, we went to one of my favorite restaurants for dinner (click here!). 2 more friends showed up unannounced but luckily the restaurant was able to accommodate. If I enjoyed my dishes last time, I was impressed this time! Everything was so delicious!!! Since there were 4 of us total, we were also able to try more dishes too. Definitely a win-win if you ask me!
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