Sunday, 17 April 2011

This God will provide

At the south end of Repulse Bay beach is a fantastical public shrine with colours and mosaics of Gaudíesque aspiration. It features a giant statue of Tin Hau (Goddess of the sea), a longevity bridge (that extends your life by six seconds with every crossing), a wishing well with turtles swimming in it and an assortment of other talismans and effigies. Here's just one:
 A testament to Chinese folk religion? Yes... and no. This entire psychedelic complex was built in the 80s and donated, not by pious or superstitious locals, but by assorted British officials. Accordingly, unlike most Chinese statues and temples, the ones you'll find here have convenient little English-language plaques. Let's take a look at this chap's:

Mr Haddon-Cave found some appropriate sponsors, it seems.

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