The upcoming Lunar New Year, also known as the Year of Pig this year is approaching, this year.  Many Chinese who live in the overseas would often follow the tradition and return to their hometown to meet with families and friends.  Most of the time, Hong Kongers would take this opportunity to travel to other Asian cities for a short “spin some luck” getaway.

During the day or the week of Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, we would go around the city or outbound travel to go around and visit different places to “spin some luck”.  We believe luck does not come to you but you have to go around to search for it, thus we call this “hang dai wun” in Cantonese, literately translate as “walk big luck”.

For any local visits in Hong Kong, we like to visit the Che Kung Temple to “spin some luck” on its busiest day — the 2nd day of the Lunar New Year.

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A giant statue of Che Kung can be found at the altar in the main worship hall, while the main altar is also flanked by a huge drum and bell. Next to the statue is a fan-bladed wheel of fortune, which, the faithful believe, will bring good luck when spun three times.

It is located in the Tai Wai area of Sha Tin honours Che Kung, a military commander of the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279) whose advantageous power for suppressing uprisings and plagues made him a household name.

However, many Hong Kongers prefers to head out of the city for a good luck getaway.

Bangkok


One of the best city to visit during February is Bangkok, Thailand when the weather is cool.  Wat Phra Kaew or known as the Temple of Emerald Buddha is one of the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.  Situated in the historic centre of Bangkok, just within grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), no one is allowed near the Emerald Buddha except the King of Thailand.

There is a very important ritual that the changing of the robes is only performed by the King to bring good fortune to the country during each season.

My Recommended stay within 1km to Wat Phra Kaew:

Aurum The River Palace

Theatre Residence

Sanya


Another popular destination in recent years that is only few hours away from Hong Kong is the Eastern Hawaii, Sanya.  Nanshan Temple in Sanya has a giant statue situated by the shore, the temple’s name originates from the expression of “Good fortune is much as the East Sea and Longevity is high as Nanshan”.

We use this expression to greet birthdays to families and the elderly to wish them good health and longevity.  The temple was built in 1998 and The Nanshan Cultural Park highlights China’s diverse social customs. The key feature of the zone is the three sided statue of Guan Yin Buddha.

Some of my recommended stay near the Nanshan Temple:

The Tang Hotel Jinsha Sanya

Beluga Sanya Discovery Ocean World

Kyoto

Last but not least is definitely Kyoto in Japan.  Kyoto is known as the “temple city” in Japan, there are numerous historical temples to visit, and Kiyomizu-dera is probably the most famous site that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. The name, Kiyomizu-dera Templ, originates from Otowa Waterfall and takes its name from the pureness of the waters.

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The clear, gushing waters have long been called “Konjiki-sui” (golden water) or “Enmei-sui” (life-prolonging water) and are suitable for use in purification. Visitors catch each of the three streams of pure water with ladles and pray for purification of their six senses and to make their wishes come true.

Some of my recommended stay in Japanese traditional style within 15mins to the temple:

Kiyomizu Kyoto Higashiyamasou

The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West

Saka Hotel Kyoto

正計劃今個農曆新年除外旅遊開運的話,除了香港本地車公廟,趁途徑香港探親拜年還可以乘坐幾個小時到附近亞洲城市來個幾天開運遊。

首先推介的當然就是2月到訪天氣清爽的泰國曼谷,不少香港人都會喜歡到泰國曼谷拜四面佛,不過原來曼谷也是世界上擁有佛寺最多的城市,被譽爲「佛教之都」。農曆新年到這裡旅遊不僅能感受到泰國文化的神秘和美麗,還可以到眾多寺廟中禅修拜佛。除了四面佛之外,還有位於曼谷大王宮的東北角泰國最著名的佛寺-玉佛寺。玉佛寺也是泰國三大國寶之一,還是泰國佛教最神聖的地方。建於1784年的玉佛寺是泰國大皇宮的一部分,面積約占大皇宮的1/4。佛殿是玉佛寺的主體建築,大殿正中的神龛裡供奉著被泰國視爲國寶的玉佛像。每當換季時節,泰國國王都親自爲玉佛更衣,以保國泰民安。

近年非常熱門的中國旅遊地「東方夏威夷」三亞位於中國海南島的最南端,2月到訪氣候和暖而且還有別樹一格的度假風情。在三亞除了有頂級渡假酒店之外,南山文化旅遊區是一座展示中國佛教傳統文化的大型園區。其主要景點有南山寺、南海觀音佛像、不二法門、觀音文化苑、天竺聖迹、佛名勝景觀苑、十方塔林與歸根園、佛教文化交流中心、素齋購物一條街等;而壯觀的108米海上觀音是三亞禮佛必去之處。觀音被設計爲正觀音的一體化三尊造型,從每尊的正面看均是一尊觀音聖像,環繞一周可看清三尊手勢各異的觀音聖像全貌,而據了解在這裡祈求家人平安和求子都很靈驗。

一年四季都非常受歡迎的日本京都除了有古都美譽之外,還有多個不同寺廟和神社,如三十三間堂,平安神宮,清水寺,知恩院等,可以很好的感受到日本的古老韻味與特色風情。其中最為人熟識的當然就是始建於778年的清水寺,是京都最古老的寺院,與金閣寺、二條城並列爲京都三大名勝,並於1994年被列入世界文化遺産名錄。雖然2月到訪還味道春季櫻花爛漫時,不過寺內有音羽瀑布,清泉一分爲三,分別代表了「學業成就」、「戀愛成就」、「長壽祈願」三個層面,從這三個泉口任選一個飲下此泉水,許下的願望就實現。另外,寺中還有一座祈求姻緣的地主神社,香火十分旺盛。據說神社中還有兩塊大石,如果可以閉著眼睛從一塊走到另一塊的話,就寓意可以和意中人締結良緣。

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