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Ho Shing and Pai Fung temples in the village of Ho Sheung Heung in the New Territories of Hong Kong. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
Temples dedicated to Hung Shing, a historical figure that was deified after his death, are situated throughout Hong Kong and Guangdong province.
A festival in his honour is held every year on the 13 day of the 2nd month on the Lunar calendar.
Hung Shing Temple and Pai Fung Temple in the village of Ho Sheung Heung were originally 2 separate buildings built at 2 different times in 2 different places.
While the date of the construction of Hung Shing Temple is unknown, the oldest relics of the temple at the site date back to the 16th century.
Pai Fung Temple, which was originally located in Pai Fung Ling, was moved to its present site in 1937. The 2 temples were connected by a kitchen in the 1960s.
Because of the kitchen, the temples appeared to be one structure when I moved to the New Territories in the late 1990s, and they were in a terrible state of disrepair.
A few years back, bamboo scaffolding was erected around them, and they were taken apart tile by tile, brick by brick.
By the time the workers had finished, only the walls were left – and even they were not fully intact. The kitchen was totally destroyed. The workers they set about rebuilding the 2 temples.
Hung Shing, a.k.a. Hung Shing Ye and Tai Wong, was a government official in Guangdong province during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907).
Hung Shing was not only highly regarded for his righteousness and sound governance, he was also respected for his promotion of education and application of astronomy, geography, and mathematics.
By establishing an observatory, Hung Shing contributed to the well-being of the people under his governance, especially fishermen and mariners.
As with many of the gods worshipped in China, Hung Shing was a historical figure that was deified after his death. He is believed to have saved many lives during storms.
More than 30 temples dedicated entirely or partially to Hung Shing are scattered about Hong Kong. There are several on Hong Kong Island and in the New Territories as well as one in Kowloon.
There are also several Hung Shing temples on some of Hong Kong’s Outlying Islands as well as overseas.
The Hung Shing Festival is held on the 13th Day of 2nd Moon of the Lunar Calendar, which will fals on 21 March in 2016 and 10 March in 2017.
The largest Hung Shing celebration is held at the Hung Shing Temple in Ho Sheung Heung, which is located on the outskirts of Sheung Shui in the Northern New Territories.
Events include a traditional procession, Chinese opera, and other events.
A similar festival is held at the Hung Shing Temple on Ap Lei Chau on the southern side of Hong Kong Island.
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I arrived at the hotel well past midnight. I was happy to see a bottle of white wine on ice and a basket a fruit awaiting my arrival.
A couple of glasses of wine later, I was off to bed. Oh, what a comfortable room to fall quickly asleep in! As usual when staying at five star resorts, I awoke bright and early the next morning.
The joy of showering au natural outdoors with a view of the Andaman Sea. – truly one of life’s most wonderful pleasures. A few moments later, a buggy was called, and I was whisked up the steep and winding pathways to the hotel’s restaurant, where a lavish breakfast buffet awaited. I took a seat on the terrace and soaked up the spectacular view of the sea far below.
I surveyed the buffet carefully. What I have learned over the years is not to pick up a plate and start piling things on it it. Take a good look at what is on offer, and plan your meal the same way you would if ordering off a menu.
In addition to the buffet, you could order off the menu, so I asked for an omelet with ham, tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheese. Yummmm!!!
And then I noticed that bottle of champagne?
How to Keep Fit After a Lavish Breakfast Buffet
The hotel had not arranged any programmes for me, so I decided to start my day with a workout in the hotel’s fitness centre, followed by laps in its infinity pool for one hour.
I would then get some work done in my room. By mid afternoon, I would go into the nearby town of Kamala, look around, have a massage, and look for a place to have dinner.
On my way from the fitness centre to the pool, I passed the spa. Khun Nan, the hotel’s gym instructor, spotted me and came running outside.
“Mike, it’s so good to see you!” he said.
“You are looking very fit! Have you lost weight?”
How nice to be recognized by someone you had met 10 months earlier – especially when he notices that I have, in fact, shed 10 pounds in the interim!
As it turns out, it was Khun Nan’s day off. He had only stopped by the hotel to run an errand. He asked how long I would be staying.
“I’m checking out tomorrow,” I said.
“Oh,” he said. “In that case, I’m free this afternoon. Do you have time for a Thai kick boxing lesson ?”
Delighted, I said, “Yes, I do!”
To Be Continued
Copyright: Michael Taylor Pictured: Michael breakfasted on the terrace of the restaurant at Paresa, which affords this stunning view of the Andaman Sea Photo Credit: Michael Taylor
Nobody bothered to make an announcement about the delay. But it explains why – just as we were expecting to land – our plane started gaining altitude. We then circled the airport for the better part of 60 minutes.
A van was waiting for me, and I was driven to Paresa at Sirin Beach. I had also spent a couple of nights there about 10 months ago so I knew exactly what to expect – a contemporary villa with tropical modern touches, a fabulous bathroom complete with twin indoor and outdoor showers, a private plunge pool, and a terrace with a spectacular ocean view.
Last year, just after checking into the Paresa, I got an email from an editor asking me to undertake a rush project. So I spent most of my time there in my comfortable, well appointed room cramped over my laptop rushing to meet a deadline.
Still I was able to fit in laps in the hotel’s infinity pool, two Thai kick boxing lessons, and a Thai cooking lesson.
I was hoping that this time around, I would be able to spend more time enjoying the facilities and less time hunched over my computer.
To Be Continued
Copyright: Michael Taylor Pictured: The inviting infinity pool at Paresa will play a key role in Michael’s bid to keep off the pounds Photo Credit: Michael Taylor