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Nine Dragons - Markets and Temples
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Kowloon means "Nine Dragons," referring to the Chinese belief that nine dragons lie under the surrounding hills, forming the backbone of the region sandwiched between Victoria Harbor and the New Territories. In the company of your local guide, explore local markets and temples reflecting the city’s rich culture.
A short drive takes you to Tin Hau Temple – dedicated to the Taoist goddess of the Sea. This centuries-old temple, filled with impressive overhanging incense coils and colorful religious paraphernalia, is a fine example of Chinese architecture. Follow your guide on a walk to the Wet Market, the Chinese marketplace in essence. Eager shoppers from the neighborhood converge on this vibrant market, filled with an amazing variety of fresh exotic produce and fresh catch of the day. With its unassuming simplicity, cheerful and friendly banters, you’ll really enjoy this stop. Nearby you’ll find the Jade Market. At this mecca for collectors from all over the world, you’ll find everything from rare and valuable jade carvings to small, inexpensive trinkets.
Rejoin your coach for a drive to the fragrant Flower Market - the center of HK's wholesale and retail floral business. Specialty shops and sidewalk displays showcase exotic blooms and plants from all over the world, as well as from Hong Kong's New Territories.
Head to Diamond Hill to visit the Chi Lin Nunnery. This stunning Buddhist nunnery is a fine example of Tang dynasty architecture. It is currently the largest hand-made wooden building in the world. The grand and elegant complex houses priceless Buddhist relics and tranquil lotus ponds.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of moderate walking. There will be some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate and the floors at the Wet Market may be slippery.Participants should bring along local currency if they wish to make any optional purchases. Some sites may be crowded.
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