The Tai Ping Ching Chiu (Da Jiao) in Shek O, a festival that happens just once in a decade, will take place from 9 to 12 of November 2016.
Our visit to the festival on Saturday 12 November will begin by watching the parade
(飄色巡遊). Mr. Anthony Chan will introduce the meaning of Da Jiao and the function of different scaffoldings on site. This will be followed by a visit to the Tin Hau Temple. Then we will walk to the beach, where the history and geography of Shek O will be discussed.
Note: Shek O will be extremely congested on the day. Pending traffic arrangements by the Hong Kong Police for the event, we may have to modify or cancel the trip at the leader’s discretion. Participants may choose to remain in Shek O after the Guided Visit to view the other events scheduled: the Chinese Opera (at 1:30 pm and at 8 pm), parade of Ta Shi Wong (大士王出巡, at 5 pm), and burning the Ta Shi Wong (at 11 pm).
Anthony Chan Tin-kuen was a journalist. After graduating from the Architectural Conservation Programme of the University of Hong Kong in 2006, he became a columnist and freelance writer, focusing on local history, built heritage and folk customs. He is an adviser to several NGOs including Hulu Culture, Hoi Bun Heritage Docents Society and International Travellers Association, and also a lecturer and docent for several other organizations. Anthony has published a number of books, including Forgotten Historic Buildings in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Folk Customs, The History of Hong Kong Series, Heritage Trails in Macau, etc.