Monday, 26 December 2011

Going to the chapel

Sai Kung district boasts two tiny Catholic chapels with stories to tell.

 St Joseph's Chapel, Yim Tin Tsai

A chapel was set up in this small community off the coast of Sai Kung by a Catholic missionary in 1879, the recently canonised Joseph Freinademetz. The good father proceeded to baptise all the Hakka inhabitants of the village. The current building was built in 1890. To visit the church now and see the simple red and white decor inside, you need to keep your ferry ticket.

(Do not confuse Yim Tin Tsai Island in Sai Kung with the other island near Tai Po of the same name! Both are worth a visit though.)

Rosary Chapel, Wong Mo Ying

This tiny church in the heart of Sai Kung country park is of more recent historical significance. It is the place where an anti-Japanese resistance force formed in 1942 to resist the occupation of Hong Kong. The daughter of a former village resident tells me her father remembers pissing on Japanese soldiers from one of the chapel's upper windows! It is now apparently a Catholic Scout centre. I couldn't go inside as the door was locked. 

If you know of any other quirky churches tucked away in the New Territories, please tell me!

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  1. Yim Tin Tsai is definitely worth the $35 return ticket and is quite photogenic. I didn't know abut the Rosary Chapel so thanks for showing this too (and I enjoyed the little anecdote).

  2. Yes, Wong Mo Ying is like Wong Chuk Yeung only half of it (the side with the more scenic vistas) has already been developed. A street of old abandoned houses remains. A path leaves through the hills at the back of the village and joins the MacLehose for some amazing vistas across Sai Kung.