Tin Hau Temple honors Tin Hau, the Goddess thought of as the empress of heaven, who goes by several other names in different parts of Asia. You’ll find a temple in her honor in many spots as you travel through Hong Kong districts. Be sure to visit the most famous, the temple in Causeway Bay.
Legend says that Tin Hau was a girl born in 960 during the Song dynasty. She is said to have stood at the ocean shore to guide boats to safety, especially during typhoons and other bad weather. Over the years Taoist and other worshippers recognized Tin Hau as a protective spirit for fishermen and others traveling the seas. Visit any Hong Kong tourist shop to purchase a small Tin Hau statuette as your own protective talisman.
The Causeway Bay temple was originally built in the early 1700s as a small shrine on the edge of Victoria Harbour at the site where the Tai family found a small Tin Hau statue. Now it is 1,000 feet (300 meters) inland, not because it was moved, but because of landfill in Causeway Bay shifting the shoreline out.
Locate the temple by its bright green Chinese-style tile roof and large stone lion guarding the entrance. Note the Chinese dragons at the top of the roof. Inside, see a depiction of Tin Hau in red garments with two demonic statues guarding her from attack.
The visit to the temple will take just a few minutes, although you may extend your visit to seek a calm, cool area to worship, reflect or escape the noise and heat of the city. Near the temple, enjoy other sites of the Causeway Bay area, particularly Victoria Park and the Noon-Day Gun.
The Causeway Bay Tin Hau Temple is open daily. Reach it easily by the Island MTR line, getting off at Tin Hau station.
Located in Hong Kong East, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tin Hau Temple and Victoria Park. Times Square Shopping Mall and Hong Kong Central Library are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Hong Kong East, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tin Hau Temple and Victoria Park. Hong Kong Central Library and Noon Day Gun are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Hong Kong East, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tin Hau Temple, Hung Hom Star Ferry Pier, and Times Square Shopping Mall. Victoria Park and Hong Kong Central Library are also within 1 mi (2 km).
With a stunning view of Victoria Harbor, the 33-story Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay HK is 100 metres (328 feet) from Victoria Park, 2 minutes' walk to Tin Hau MTR station, and 0.5 km (less than a half-mile) from Causeway Bay.
This contemporary hotel places guests a 5-minute walk from Tin Hau MTR subway Station, where trains connect with hotspots like Soho and Lan Kwai Fong in around 15 minutes. Victoria Park, where locals practice tai chi, is 1 block from the hotel, and incense-filled Tin Hau Temple is a 5-minute walk away.
Located in Tsim Sha Tui, Hong Kong's commercial and entertainment district, the hotel offers convenient access to shopping, dining, entertainment, and a metro station.
Located in Causeway Bay, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tin Hau Temple, Hong Kong Central Library, and Victoria Park. Times Square Shopping Mall and Happy Valley Race Course are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Adjacent to shopping and nightlife attractions of Causeway Bay, Wanchai, and Central; City Garden Hotel is only a 5 minutes walk from Fortress Hill MTR station Exit B and only minutes from Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and Ocean Park.