Being in Hong Kong during the protest season in High Summer 2019 was a real treat and a challenge as it was a very tight political atmosphere, as well as extremely hot (39°) and humid (80%)… Thus going to the temples was a real treat and relief
Kitsch will always prevail…
Here both lions have their mouth open (whereas mostly the female has it closed)
Very imposing, indeed.
Waiting for customers…
buying worship articles
In the entrance of the MTR (metro system) many notices about the riots and protests
in the accompanying alleys and shops souvenirs, talismans and amulets are sold
Your lucky orange, pumpkin, pendant, etc. – all you could wish for
And a future-teller (actually quite many of them). Chinese are excessively superstitous
Light a candle
or several… (actually the current limit is 8 for pollution prevention)
and stick them in the sand
future telling with sticks which you rattle out of a box
the temple is enclosed by city
throught the gaps
water is sprayed to cool the air a bit (and perhaps get rid of the smoke)
another place for prayer
the temple hall
after so much religious activity we got hungry and headed for a more conventional noodle shop to get some soup (and beer).
You eat the meat and leave the remains on the table where they are discarded by the waiter
Mobiles are everywhere
a typical kitchen for such a shop
This is the proper way to tackle your food – chpsticks and spoon in combination!