by Peter Nelson

The New Territories are a peninsula at the tip of southern China. They were leased to the British in 1898, along with Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, for 99 years. When we were there, you could wander around all of these places without needing a visa from China. We’d planned to stay in Hong Kong for a couple of weeks, but fell so in love with the place that we wound up staying six weeks.

As you can see, the New Territories are not quite as crowded as Hong Kong Island!
As you can see, the New Territories are not quite as crowded as Hong Kong Island!

Tin Hau is the Chinese goddess of the sea. She protects fisherman and sailors, and thus is very important in the lives of all coastal dwellers in the South China Sea. When we were in Hong Kong, there happened to be an enormous festival celebrating her. Special ferries were chartered to transport all who wanted to take part. We tagged along.

 Tin Hau’s temple, in the eastern district of Hong Kong, is the centre of her annual festival. People bring food and flowers and fireworks.
Tin Hau’s temple, in the eastern district of Hong Kong, is the centre of her annual festival. People bring food and flowers and fireworks.
The bay near her temple gets filled with boats, of course. They tie up together for the huge celebration. You can see the size of the ferries they needed to bring all the worshippers.
The bay near her temple gets filled with boats, of course. They tie up together for the huge celebration. You can see the size of the ferries they needed to bring all the worshippers.
A nice shot showing three fishing boats. These boat not only provide the livelihoods of the fishing families, but are also their homes.
A nice shot showing three fishing boats. These boat not only provide the livelihoods of the fishing families, but are also their homes.
The docks are crowded, a riot of colour.
The docks are crowded, a riot of colour.