Ching Lin Terrace

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Ching Lin Terrace
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,031 contributions
Quiet hillside area in Kennedy Town where you find the Lo Pan Temple
May 2020
The Ching Lin Terrace refers to a hillside area within the Kennedy Town section of the Western District found approximately halfway up the hill between the Kennedy Town and HKU MTR Stations. Not a touristy location in the traditional sense. Instead you will find quiet residential environs as well as an interesting Lo Pan Temple, which is potentially worth making time to see if you enjoy history and seeing Chinese temples.

This is the only temple in Hong Kong dedicated to Lo Pan, the Chinese figure of builders and carpenters. It is a two-hall structure built in 1884 in the traditional manner of using the topography of the hillside as its foundation. There is a peculiar exterior gable, that is unique for Hong Kong's temples. The facade and interior of the temple include expected murals and interesting plaster reliefs and you will find typical shrines with deity figures within.
Written June 7, 2020
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GastownWanderer
Vancouver, Canada150 contributions
A charming history and nature walk in old Kennedy Town
Mar 2016 • Couples
Not a Business, but a outdoor landmark and birdwatching 'Thing to do' Attraction

Categories: Outdoor walk, landmark, nature and birdwatching

Urban walkers and joggers (and photographers looking for the "old" HK) will love this jaunt in the heart of Kennedy Town, starting just a few blocks north and east of the new MTR Kennedy Town subway stop. There's a street-level elevator to whisk you up the first batch of steps of Sands Street (a pedestrian street) if you prefer, plus the option of an outdoor escalator for the next bit of the trip.

A couple of minutes up, a series of Terraces begin on the left. Our favourite was Ching Lin Terrace, which is shaded by beautiful and protected old pine trees. The terrace is quiet and there's a magnificent north-facing view all the way to the sea.

You'll also find a lovely small Buddhist Temple on Ching Lin Terrace. Next door to it, and now absorbed by the temple, is a former small school. Keep walking toward the stairs ahead and you'll see a congregation of different species of birds and even squirrels among the treed canopy (bring the binoculars, if you're a birder).

We walked up the steps at the end of the terrace. At the top we turned right on Pok Fu Lum Road (it's not signed, but is top of the stairs). There's a bus station across this busy road if you want to head east to Central. But we continued to the right until we came to the next road, the relatively steep Pokfield Road, which heads back downhill. There's a church on the left on the way down. Before the church, you can bear right to come out at mini-bus (green van) loop right next to the Kennedy Town subway station. If you instead stay on Pokfield Road, you'll meet up with Smithfield at the centre of Kennedy Town, and can shop or take a lunch or tea break.

All in all, a charming little jaunt with some exercise, old buildings, rare trees, and birdwatching.
Written March 23, 2016
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