But like so many relics in this mysterious city, a little exploring beyond the obvious will reward the visitor with a glimpse of history and a better idea of how Hong Kong natives really live. In an effort to get out of the main tourist areas and to see more of the "real" city, I took the tram, or "ding ding" as it is affectionately referred to, all the way to its Shau Kei Wan terminus. Formerly a fishing village and typhoon shelter, Shau Kei Wan is located on the eastern end of Hong Kong and is home to the Museum of Coastal Defence as well as several old but still functioning temples.
The first stop on my temple tour was Shing Wong Temple. Built in 1877 as Fook Tak Tsz, it was expanded in the 1970s and is very popular with the local people. Rows and rows of Buddha-like figures adorn one altar while deeper inside are three altars each with a single deity.
Not far away is Tin Hau Temple built in 1876. Dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, this small temple features a pair of stone lions at the entrance and several lovely murals decorate the walls.