Hung Shing Temple, Cheung Chau
Hung Shing - a God of the Sea (洪聖)
Hung Shing was originally a government official named Hung Hei in Tang Dynasty (唐朝). He promoted the study of astronomy and geography and established an observatory to observe the meteorological changes. His devotion to work made him die at a young age. After his death, the reigning emperor gave him the posthumous title of "Kwong Lee Hung Shing Tai Wong" (廣利洪聖大王). Legend has it that Hung Shing continued to guard the people against natural disasters on numerous occasions after his death. Many government officials later built temples to worship him as the God of Southern Sea.
Historical & Cultural Objects
Historical items in this temple include an altar, incense burner, altar table and other ritual items that date back to 1874.
Apart from the main deity of Hung Shing, the temple also houses Tai Sui (the Sixty Gods of Time), Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy), Wah Tor (a God of Medicine), Wah Kwong (God of Fire) and Lung Mo (Dragon Mother).
Hung Shing Festival
Hung Shing Festival falls on the 13th day of the second lunar month.