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Tin Hau Temple

One of the oldest temples in Hong Kong this was established by a "Pirate" in the 18th century but what you can see today was mostly rebuilt in the 1950s.

It is a temple to the Taoist god Tin Hau, who is god of the fishermen and their patron saint.  This would seem to be reasonable if this were a fishing village, but actually it is not, the temple was built here but the pirates who wanted to use it as a warning post to watch for the imperial navy fleet approaching!

During this period the term "Pirate" was used to apply to anybody in charge of armed boats that was not part of the Imperial fleet.

Around the temple of Tin Hau are traditional carvings on the rocks which are lines from classical poetry that are appropriate to the location.