Tin Hau Temple at Stanley Beach, Hongkong
When I was in Hong Kong a few weeks ago, I decided to leave the craziness behind and hopped on a bus to the other side of Hong Kong Island. If Kowloon and Hong Kong Island is all you've ever seen of this bustling metropolis, then Stanley is a bit of an unexpected surprise. As it was for me.
The ride there was already quite spectacular. Soon after entering the Hong Kongese burbs, the road to Stanley meanders through lush scenery treating you to lovely views of the beaches and bays that line the coast. The ride only takes about 20 minutes and the bus stop is right across the street from Stanley Market.
Another remarkable item on display that caught my eye was a tiger skin hanging on the wall. Apparently this particular tiger skin belonged to a tiger that appeared in Stanley in the 1940s and it supposedly wards off evil spirits.
It's probably the most quirky temple I'd ever visited and certainly more interesting than the tacky shops on Stanley Market.