Buddhist Pilgrimages in Hong Kong


Wong Tai Sin Temple  Hong Kong

A part of the eastern Asia, Hong Kong lies on the eastern side of the Pearl River Delta on the southeastern coast of the People Republic of China. It is bordered by South China Sea in the south and Guangdong Province in the north. Hong Kong comprises Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and over 260 Outlying Island. The Kowloon Peninsula is connected to the New Territories in the north which in turn are again connected to Mainland China across the Sham Chun River. Of all the islands of Hong Kong, Lantau is the largest one followed by Hong Kong Island itself.

Hong Kong has a subtropical and monsoonal climate. The hottest month is July with an average temperature of 28.8°C (82°F) while the coldest month is January with an average temperature of 15.8°C (61°F). The best time to visit Hong Kong is between the months of October to March when it is pleasant and rainfall is less.

These are quiet a few basic information about Hong Kong useful for tourists desirous of a visit. For those interested in Buddhist tourism, it is important to know that Hong Kong is not entirely a Buddhist country. Rather, the people of Hong Kong have high degree of religious freedom and the population is a good mix of followers of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Christainity and Islam. Nonetheless Buddhist tourists have plenty of reasons to make a trip to the country. The prime amongst these is a visit to the world's largest seated bronze statue of the Buddha in the Po Lin Monastery on the Lantau Island. Apart from this, there area a number of other Buddhist monasteries and temples that make for a worthwhile trip to the country.

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