in Hong Kong - Hong Kong Island
The Tin Hau Temple in Causeway Bay was built by
the Tai family probably in the early 18th century.
The Tai family are Hakkas from Guangdong who first
settled in Kowloon in a village now lost beneath
the former Kai Tak Airport. The family used to go
to Causeway Bay to gather grass and, according to
legends, some members of the family found a statue
of Tin Hau in the rocks near the shore. They then
erected a shelter for it and, as the shrine became
popular with the boat people who made donations,
a proper temple building was subsequently constructed.
This Temple is one of the many dedicated to Tin
Hau, goddess of the sea, and is a fine example of
temple architecture of the period, still largely
in its original form despite subsequent renovations.
The temple is still under the management of the
Tin Hau Temple, Causeway Bay