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Each year, Hong Kong celebrates the birthday of Tin Hau (天后誕), also
known as the Queen of Heaven and Goddess of the Sea, who enjoys a special place in people's
hearts thanks to the territory's long maritime history. Many people in Hong Kong still
owe their livelihood to the sea and celebrate Tin Hau's birthday every year.
Shek O village, located on the southeast of Hong Kong island, is famous for its beaches,
villas and nice restaurants. There is also a Tin Hau festival including Chinese opera.
Shek O village features a few Thai restaurants. Having a good lunch there,
before enjoying free Chinese opera during Tin Hau festival, is a good idea.
Poster with donations from local Shek O villagers. Donations range
from 10 000 HKD to 500 HKD.
According to Anthony, a Tin Hau parade also happens during the festival.
But it only takes place every 10 years (last one was 2006 – so next one is 2016).
The Chinese opera theater is in the middle of the parking in front
of the beautiful Shek O beach.
There is free Chinese opera until the end of the Tin Hau festival.
The opera is an offering to the deity Tin Hau, who is protecting local
During the daytime, the crowd is not big. So it is still possible to
secure a seat close to the stage to do close-up pictures.
The Tin Hau festival is happening late in the year
in Shek O to avoid conflicts with touristic season.
In other Hong Kong SAR areas, Tin Hau festival is celebrated during April or May.
The western date varies as it is linked to lunar calendar.
Listening and watching a Chinese Opera live is always a great