Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival is one of the most iconic celebrations during Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. It is considered the most representative ritual in Hong Kong for making wishes. Throwing placards on the wishing tree has been featured in many movies and local TV plays.

History of Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival

Lam Tsuen has over 700 years history. “Tseun” in Cantonese means “village” and “Lam” is a popular Chinese family name. During the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), it was already a residential area.

Lam Tsuen

Entrance of Lam Tsuen

Celebrations of Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival

Traditional Placard Throwing

People believe the peace and long history of this village is due to the protection from Wishing Trees and Tin Hau Temple. Every year whenever there is a festival, villagers will toss the joss paper (placard) on the wishing tree to make a wish. The higher it hangs, the better chance that wish comes true.

Wishing Tree in Lam Tsuen

Wishing Tree in Lam Tsuen with Joss paper

Other ways of making wish have been introduced to prevent the weight of joss paper on wishing trees. People can write down their names and wishes on joss paper. After praying underneath the wishing trees, they can hang the joss paper on the wooden rack next to the wishing tree.

Make a wish in Lam Tsuen

Make a wish in Lam Tsuen

Making Wishes with Lotus Lanterns

You also can put your wish on the lotus flower and let it flow along the water.

Release your wish on lotus in Lam Tsuen

Release your wish on lotus

Making Wishes with Golden Mandarin

The Cantonese pronunciation of “golden mandarin” is very similar to “good luck”. So during Chinese New Year locals love to tie their wishes together with a golden mandarin and pray for good luck in the coming year.

Hang your wish with a golden mandarin in Lam Tsuen

Hang your wish with a golden mandarin

Take Some Lucky Decoration Home

There are lots of Chinese New Year decorations as well as some traditional snacks on Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival.

Wind Chime in Lam Tsuen

Blow the Wind Chime to bring you good luck

Traditional Lucky Decorations in Lam Tsuen

Traditional Lucky Decorations

You also can check out their official site for more details. Unfortunately, the site is only written in Chinese.

The time around Chinese New Year is full of seasonal traditions and rituals. Locals love to prepare and eat ‘lucky food’ or flock into temples to give thanks for the past 12 months and pray for good fortune for the New Year.

Besides Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival, visitors have great opportunity to experience and engage into different cultural activities. Simply visit e.g. the Che Kung Temple to spin the Fortune Wheel for some good luck, shake out a fortune stick for a New Year Prediction at the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple or simple burn some incense in one of the many temples in Hong Kong.

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schedule 28 January – 12 February 2017
clock  9:00am – 7:00pm
map Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, Lam Tsuen, Tai Po
Price Free Admission

How to get to Lam Tseun ?

train-2-48By Subway: The most convenient way is to take the MTR to Tai Po station and take KMB bus No. 64K to Fong Ma Po station.

Alternatively, you can take taxi from Tai Po station which will cost only HK$ 25.

In case you are pressed for time and don’t want to travel to far, we highly recommend taking a closer look at the Man Mo Temple on Hong Kong Island or Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple on the Kowloon side to experience some local Chinese New Year customs, rituals and traditions.

Like any event during the Chinese New Year period, be prepared that it will be very crowded. Admission to the temples are free of charge, but we recommend to give a small donation to maintain the beautiful temples and art works.

By |Jan 3rd, 2017|

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