Eating and shopping on repeat – we’ve all done that in Hong Kong, haven’t we? In fact, Hong Kong has more to offer. This month, I explored the hidden gems of Hong Kong’s heritage that are not only instagrammable, but also imbued with rich history.

1. Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail (New Territories)

Fresh breath of air, birds chirping, and a slower pace of life – I found myself in a different world when I first arrived at Lung Yeuk Tau (aka ‘Mountain of the Leaping Dragon’).

Located in the New Territories, this is neighbourhood is the home ground of one of Hong Kong’s most powerful clans – the Tang clan. You can learn about their history through this scenic trail. Traditional village customs are still practiced by the Tangs who are living in the neighbourhood.

Address: Shung Him Tong Village, Lung Yeuk Tau, Fanling

How to Get There:

  • MTR Fanling Station, Exit C. Follow the signs to Luen Wo Hui. Turn left and go downstairs to the minibus station. Take minibus 54K to Lung Yeuk Tau. Alight at Shung Him Tong.
  • Or take a taxi.

2. Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees (New Territories)

Make your way to this 700-year-old village and make a wish by writing your wish on a placard and throw it onto the tree. It is believed that the higher the branch it landed on, the more likely that your wish would come true. I had to throw many times before my placard successfully landed on the tree – It probably means I need to try very hard for my wishes to come true!

Hong Kong Well Wishing Festival is one of the most popular Lunar New Year activities. It’s always jam packed with locals, expats, and tourists. Hence, the original wishing tree has been substituted by an artificial tree in order to protect it from wear and tear these days.

Address: Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, New Territories

How to Get There:

  • Bus 64K or 64P at MTR Tai Po Market Station, get off at Fong Ma Po Station.
  • Minibus 25K and get off at Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees.
  • MTR Tai Wo Station and take a taxi.

3. Che Kung Temple (New Territories)

Built in the honour of “Che Kung”, a military commander of the Southern Song Dynasty, who was revered for his power for successful suppression of uprisings and clearing epidemics wherever he set foot on.

Each year, there are 4 Che Kung Festivals in Hong Kong. The busiest festival is the 2nd day of the first lunar month when people visit the temple to worship Che Kung. People would turn the fan-bladed wheel of fortune and beat the drum 3 times to ensure good luck for the rest of the year.

Address: Che Kung Miu Road, Tai Wai, New Territories

How to Get There:

  • MTR Che Kung Temple Station Exit B, follow the signs and walk for around 10 minutes.

4. Pak Sing Ancestral Hall (Hong Kong Island)

Tai Ping Shan is a tiny urban neighbourhood in Sheung Wan where the “new” meets “old”. You can easily find hipster restaurants, art galleries, funeral shops, and temples all in the same area.

“Pak Sing” means “100 Surnames”. It was a temple for people of all walks of life. In the 19th century, it used to store coffins awaiting burial in China and served as a public ancestral hall for people who could not afford bone repatriation services, by storing their commemorative tablets for their relatives to reclaim and carry back to the mainland.

If you step inside Pak Sing, you can still feel an eerie atmosphere, as there were hundreds of tablets that were never reclaimed.

Address: 42 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

How to Get There:

  • MTR Sheung Wan Exit A2, follow Google Map. 10 minutes walk.

5. Man Mo Temple (Hong Kong Island)

The Man Mo Temple is a tribute to the God of Literature and God of Martial Arts.

It’s the largest Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong since 1847 and is preserved as a Declared Monument. This picturesque temple is the located along Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan.

There is an interesting shop nearby which I stopped by a shot too.

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

How to Get There:

  • If you’re walking from Pak Sing Ancestral Hall, walk along Pound Lane and Hollywood Road. You’ll arrive Man Mo Temple in about 6 minutes.
  • MTR Sheung Wan Exit A2, and follow Google Map. 7 minutes walk.

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