Ching Chung Koon - An elegant garden view. A traditional Taoist temple.

There are many traditional temples in Hong Kong with different religious beliefs, among which Buddhism and Taoism are the most common ones. As for, the temple that will visit this time is a Taoist temple. It is heard that the temple is not only beautiful, but also has a very elegant and comfortable environment. Now let's go and show you all.

In the belief of Taoism, "Tao" is the highest belief, and it is believed that "Tao" is an eternal existence that transcends material properties such as time and space, that is, everything is born from "Tao". So the principles of all things are the same. Taoism advocates humility, but this does not mean weakness. Rather, after penetrating the relationship between the "Tao" and all things, not fight for pointless fights.

As for the "Ching Chung Koon" in Tuen Mun, New Territories, it is one of the traditional Taoist temples in Hong Kong. The architectural layout of this temple is built according to the concept of balance and symmetry that traditional Chinese architecture emphasizes. The main buildings are distributed in the central axis and are all arranged in a straight line. Other buildings are distributed on the left and right sides. With the beauty of balance and symmetry in traditional temples, it also has a sense of solemnity. The overall layout is not only clear in priority, but also in order.

In the main hall of the temple, the three Taoist patriarchs "Lu Dongbin", "Wang Chongyang" and "Qiu Chuji" are enshrined. Their stories are not only widely circulated among the people, but some of them have been adapted into novels for interpretation. The content is exciting and profound.

Legend has it that during the Tang Dynasty, "Lu Dongbin" tried his best to pursue fame, and later realized that these were all illusory and short-lived, so he devoted himself to learning Taoism. And "Wang Chongyang" was deeply inspired by "Lu Dongbin"'s preaching thoughts, so he founded "Quanzhen Taoism". "Wang Chongyang" advocated the integration of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, integrating the ethics and moral values of Confucianism into Taoism, and formulated a set of strict norms and organizational systems. The "Quanzhen Taoism" had many disciples and was very prosperous during the Yuan Dynasty, and was highly respected by the rulers at that time. "Qiu Chuji" is a student of "Wang Chongyang" and later became the head teacher of "Quanzhen Taoism". During his years as a teacher, he not only devoted himself to promoting Taoism, but also made a lot of contributions in political and social aspects, which brought the "Quanzhen Taoism" into a prosperous period.

Although there are three entrances to "Ching Chung Koon", the entrance in the south is actually the main entrance of the temple. Outside the main entrance in the past, there was a large open space, and there were small shops selling candles and flowers from time to time, and the scene was very lively. Before entering "Ching Chung Koon", visitors will also pass through the archway of the mountain gate. That also represents the official entrance to the temple, the importance of which is generally reflected in the decoration and inscriptions. Four Chinese characters are inscribed on the archway of the mountain gate, which means that there is neither delusion nor attachment to "gain" and "lost". This conveys the core idea of Taoism.

In addition to the main hall, there are many gardens in the temple, and different plants are planted. There are also many potted plants everywhere, adding an elegant color to the beautiful garden scenery. In addition, there are buildings such as the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower in the temple. These are common buildings in Taoism, with functions of telling time and gathering crowds. In Taoist beliefs, bells and drums are important instruments, especially in various ceremonies, the corresponding bells or drums are used to cooperate.

While admiring the beauty of the temple, visitors may also consider the vegetarian restaurant here to taste the authentic dishes. In the vegetarian restaurant, there are a variety of delicious dishes for visitors to choose from. The dishes are mainly prepared with natural and simple ingredients, which are delicious and healthy.

If you want to take a look here, it is recommended to take the MTR to Siu Hong Station and leave at Exit C1. Afterwards, transfer to MTR Light Rail No. 505 at Siu Hong Station and get off at Ching Chung Station. After getting off the MTR Light Rail, follow the signs and walk along Tsing Chung Koon Road for about 10 minutes to arrive at Ching Chung Koon.

Location: Ching Chung Koon
Address: 8 Tsing Chung Path, Tuen Mun, New Territories

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