Yesterday we went along to the Buddha’s Birthday celebration at Elizabeth Quay in Perth.
The Buddha was looking good under blue autumn skies, and there were plenty of stalls selling delicious vegetarian food and giving info about Chinese and Buddhist culture. This annual event is a must-do for us.
We came across plenty of impressive calligraphy during our visit to Hong Kong last month – much of it written on walls. The two large characters shown above and below are at Hau Wong Temple in Kowloon. They mean longevity (above) and crane (the bird, below)
This one is beside the hiking trail from Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island to Chung Kung, and means Buddha.
And we saw all these people feverishly writing on a wall at Wong Tai Sin Temple, presumably seeking good luck at Chinese New Year.
As well as yesterday’s tigers, we also came across lots of dragons during our visit to Hong Kong last month.
These three photos of dragons were taken at Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island.
And we spotted this sneaky dragon hiding on the ceiling of the Guan Yin Temple in Causeway Bay, looking like it might swoop down on unsuspecting visitors.
We encountered plenty of tigers during our visit to Hong Kong last month. The rather tame looking tiger above is at the 10,000 Buddha Monastery in Shatin, and the one below is at the Tin Hau Temple in Causeway Bay.
We also spotted this one at the Hau Wong Temple in Kowloon.
We enjoyed exploring the narrow streets of Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island, just 30 minutes from central Hong Kong by ferry.
Had a coffee from the Coffee Guy and stopped to admire this colourful temple dedicated to Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea.
Forget the goose that laid the golden egg – jewellers in Hong Kong produce whole golden roosters for the Year of the Rooster. We saw these ads in MTR (subway) stations during our visit last week.
While we were in Hong Kong last week, we saw plenty of traditional Chinese New Year decorations – red mock fireworks and other decorations for doorways, and also orange trees with red envelopes.