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Definition of Chinese Temples

According to the Chinese Temples Ordinance (Chapter 153),"Chinese temple" (華人廟宇) includes -

(a) all Miu (廟, temples), Tsz (寺, Buddhist monasteries), Kun and To Yuen (觀及道院, Taoist monasteries) and Om (庵, nunneries); and
(b) every place where-
  (i) in accordance with the religious principles governing Miu, Tsz, Kun, To Yuen or Om, worship of gods or communication with spirits or fortune-telling is practised or is intended to be practised; and where
  (ii) fees, payments or rewards of any kind whatsoever are charged to or are accepted from any member of the public for the purpose of worship or communication with spirits or fortune-telling or any similar purpose, or in return for joss candles or incense sticks, or on any other account whatsoever.

 

Introduction of Chinese Temples Committee

The Chinese Temples Committee (the Committee) is a statutory body established in 1928 under the Chinese Temples Ordinance (Chapter 153). One of the key responsibilities of the Committee is to operate and manage 24 directly administered temple of which 5 are Declared Monument, Lin Fa Kung in Tai Hang,Hung Shing Temple in Ap Lei Chau,Hau Wong Temple in Junction Road, Yeung Hau Temple in Tai O, Yuk Hui Temple (Pak Tai Temple) in Wan Chai and 3 are classified as Grade I Historic Buildings, include Kwun Yum Temple in Hung Hom and Tin Hau Temple in Joss House Bay.

The revenue of the Committee is first applied for the repair and maintenance of temples under the direct administration of the Committee and for the holding of customary ceremonies, any surplus may be transferred to the General Chinese Charities Fund (GCCF) managed by the Committee. Other than meeting the daily operational expenses of the Committee, GCCF also provides grants to other charitable organizations in addition to the making of annual grants to the Home Affairs Department for disbursement of financial assistance to needy persons of Chinese race.

The Committee has 7 appointed members and 23 co-opted members with the Secretary for Home Affairs as the Chairman. There are 5 Working Groups under the Committee, namely the Finance & Management Working Group, the Works Working Group, the Community Services Working Group, the Culture and Promotion Working Group and the Chinese Temples Ordinance Review Task Force. Decisions made by the Committee are carried out by its Secretariat.

Organization Chart of The Chinese Temples Committee


Organization Chart of The Chinese Temples Committee Finance and Management Working Group Works Working Group Community Services Working Group Culture and Promotion Working Group Chinese Temples Ordinance Review Task Force

 

Chinese Temples Committee Member List

Chairman Secretary for Home Affairs
Members Chairman, Board of Directors, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (Ex-officio member)
  Dr LEE Ka-cheung
  Mr SO Yiu-wing
  Mr YIP Chun-to, Adrian, BBS, MH, JP
  Dr LEE Yuk-lun, BBS, JP
  Mr TSANG Chung-nam
  Mr NG Hok-ming, Angus
   

Finance and Management Working Group

Terms of Reference

To make recommendations on the following -

  1. Management of temples administered by the Chinese Temples Committee and related matters; and
  2. Investment matters of the Chinese Temples Fund and the General Chinese Charities Fund.

Membership

Chairman
Mr TSANG Chung-nam

Members
Dr LEE Ka-cheung
Mr YIP Chun-to, Adrian, BBS, MH, JP
Mr NG Hok-ming, Angus

Co-opted Members
Ms LO Wing-sze, Anthea, BBS, JP
Mr CHU Kwok-on
Ms NIE Jing
Mr LUI Chi-wang, Robert Andrew
Dr CHANG Siu-wah

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Works Working Group

Terms of Reference

To make recommendations on the following -

  1. Planning and progress of works projects at temples administered by the Chinese Temples Committee; and
  2. Other works-related matters.

Membership

Chairman
Mr SO Yiu-wing

Members
Mr YIP Chun-to, Adrian, BBS, MH, JP

Co-opted Members
Mr WONG Ching-hang, Jeffrey
Mr KWOK Pak-wai, Jeffrey
Mr TSOI Chun-sing
Mr LAU Ka-keung, MH, JP
Mr SZE Kyran, MH
Mr TSANG Heung-kwan, MH, JP

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Community Services Working Group

Terms of Reference

To make recommendations on the following -

  1. Themes and modes of temple activities and services to support community development;
  2. Improve facilities at temples administered by the Chinese Temples Committee to support community development; and
  3. Subsidy schemes under the Chinese Temples Fund and the General Chinese Charities Fund.

Membership

Chairman
Dr LEE Ka-cheung

Members
Ms Ginny MAN
Mr SO Yiu-wing
Mr YIP Chun-to, Adrian, BBS, MH, JP
Mr TSANG Chung-nam
Mr NG Hok-ming, Angus

Co-opted Members
Mr LAI Kwan-ho, Raymond
Ms WONG May-kwan
Mr YIP Siu-hong, Nelson, MH

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Culture and Promotion Working Group

Terms of Reference

To make recommendations on the following -

  1. Publicity and promotion strategies and related activities of temples administered by CTC;
  2. Planning and implementation of activities to promote historical and cultural values of Chinese temples;
  3. Matters on promotion of inheritance of traditional temple-related Chinese culture; and
  4. Production of temple and cultural related publications.

Membership

Chairman
Dr LEE Yuk-lun, BBS, JP

Co-opted Members
Dr LEE Ka-kui, Elvin, JP
Professor LIU Tik-sang
Mr KO Hiu-wing
Ms TSE Hiu-hung
Miss ZHANG Ti
Dr WONG Shing-yick, Francis
Mr CHAN Ching-yuen
Miss CHEUNG Ching-ting

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Chinese Temples Ordinance Review Task Force

Terms of Reference

To make recommendations on the following -

  1. Work out a reasonable regulatory regime for Chinese temples to meet the present social conditions;
  2. Propose amendments to update the Chinese Temples Ordinance and related follow-up work; and
  3. Other related matters on the proposed amendments to the Chinese Temples Ordinance.

Membership

Chairman
Mr YIP Chun-to, Adrian, BBS, MH, JP

Members
Dr LEE Ka-cheung
Mr SO Yiu-wing
Dr LEE Yuk-lun, BBS, JP
Mr TSANG Chung-nam

Co-opted Members
Mr AU Chun-shing
Mr CHU Kwok-on
Mr KO Hiu-wing
Mr KWOK Pak-wai, Jeffrey

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