WONG TAI SIN

In northern Kowloon lies Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong’s only fully landlocked district. This largely residential swathe of land features two major religious tourist attractions: Wong Tai Sin Temple, from which the district derives its name, and Chi Lin Nunnery. The former, a sprawling Taoist complex, plays host to thousands of worshippers on the eve of Chinese New Year, as tradition dictates that incense offerings made earlier in the lunar year will bring more luck. Who knew deities had a first come first serve policy, eh? Just a stone’s throw away is Chi Lin, a serene Buddhist nunnery, with beautiful lotus ponds, a tranquil teahouse, and even a secluded vegetarian restaurant hidden behind a waterfall. Incredibly, there isn’t a single nail in any of the buildings dotted around the nunnery’s extensive grounds, as all 16 structures were handcrafted out of interlocking pieces of timber. Wood you look at that! Almost as iconic, but in more of a pop culture kind of way, is Choi Hung Estate. Whilst Wong Tai Sin isn’t exactly lacking in housing estates, Choi Hung sets itself apart from the others by being rainbow-bright (literally, seeing as Choi Hung means “rainbow”!), with a pastel-hued basketball court that’s become a favourite spot for local shutterbugs.
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The Little Engine That Couldn't Even.

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Minivan flies out of Choi Hung multi-storey car park and crashes onto street

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