The fertile soil and plentiful water attracted many clans to settle around Lam Tsuen
River as early as the Sung Dynasty. The Qing government encouraged settlements and cultivation
in the New Territories, and many Hakka farmers migrated to the Tai Po and Lam Tsuen areas.
Villagers are hanging spring couplets (red paper scrolls with special good
luck poems written on them) on the walls in pairs for good luck.
The main part is dedicated to Tin Hau, the goddess of the sea, with Man and Mo, the
gods of literature and war, also present.
It is the largest incense-filled Tin Hau Temple in Tai Po.
Tin Hau is a well known goddess among the traditional Chinese, especially fishermen.
There are two statues of the deity on the altar, one in front of the other.
The larger statue cannot be moved. It is the cult statue.
The smaller statue in front is designed to be carried in a sedan-chair around the district for
The temple is large, well-built and well-kept. It has a noticeably austere
exterior of blue brick with very little decoration.
Growing near the Tin Hau temple in Lam Tsuen, the
banyan served as a wish-making site for years for luck seekers who threw offerings and messages
into its branches.
Lam Tsuen's dying wishing tree has sagged under the weight of offerings thrown
on to it for decades.
Many tourists have moved to Hang Ha Po after
being barred from throwing wishing placards on the old banyan.
When a main branch broke off in year 2005
it became obvious that too much wishful thinking was endangering the tree's existence.
Tai Po's wishing tree, is a century-old tree.
Luck seekers were banned from throwing items onto the tree. Supports were constructed
for at-risk branches and more soil was exposed around the tree to give it adequate aeration.
In year 2008 a tree from Guangzhou was transplanted next to the
Lam Tsuen Wishing tree to perpetuate the legend.
Unlike the old banyan tree, visitors will not be able to tie oranges to their wishes
and throw them onto the new tree.
It was believed that if the orange anchored wish stuck to
a branch, the person's wish would come true.
The 11-metre-high banyan tree was planted next to the original wishing tree near
Lam Tsuen's Tin Hau temple.
Lam Tsuen area includes 23 villages covering 150 hectares.
Lam Tsuen was founded more than 700 years ago and is now home to different clans
including Chung, Chan, Lam, Yau and Ku.