This is ACTUALLY the last Hong Kong post… these photos come from Po Lin Monastery, which is located right next to the Tian Tan Buddha.
The monastery was interestingly void of most foreign tourists, as I was the only non-Asian I noticed inside the actual temple complex. In what I noticed as a Hong Kong fashion for temples, there was a place to grab a bite at a vegetarian restaurant – which I’m guessing is directly connected to the temple as opposed to the Starbucks and Subway less than a kilometer away.
One of the first things I noticed were these GIANT incense sticks. Yuling actually took one and compared it – they were bigger than her arm… while she doesn’t have huge arms, this is still impressive for an incense stick. If I remember right, they were for sale for about $35 USD, which makes the following photo NOT cheap for the people who placed these…
As you may/may not have noticed through my photos, I’ve always been intrigued by this temple incense. It really draws you in to this world that is outside the hustle and bustle of daily life and more focused. I have visited a lot of temples between here and the US, and I can’t count how many people I’ve accidentally run into who were carrying this around some altar. Something about it fascinates me as being very similar – but very different – from the Christianity I know.
In addition, they provide the perfect subject for a photographer – something still yet moving… something you can focus on… something that is both not too colorful and full of character. You’ll see more of these in my blog.