Day 5:

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A. Bridges

We started off our day in a rented bus with my relatives, cups of English Tea, and McDonald's. I can't remember the last time I had Mickey D's twice in one week. We stopped on Tsing Yi, a small island and lookout point where we admired the Tsing Ma and Ting Kau Bridges.

B. Yuen Yuen Institute

This complex attracts many worshippers, Buddhists, Taoists and Confucianists. The main temple houses deities representative of all the years of the Chinese Zodiac.

C. Village Festival

Our bus driver stopped by this local festival where oranges tagged with paper New Year wishes were being thrown into surrounding trees. We also saw another Lion Dance, but without the pole-climbing or firecrackers. I'm pretty sure the Shek 0 Lion Dance won Best Dance partly because of it's artillery.

D. Aunt Pauline's

Aunt Pauline and Uncle Matthew graciously had us over for lunch at their home in Tin Shui Wai. We ate delicious food, shrimp, rice, noodles and my favorite holiday dish, homemade Lau Bak Go (Fried White Radish Cakes). I will attempt to make this at home.

E. Chi Lin Nunnery

We thought the Chi Lin Nunnery was one of the most beautiful structures we saw during our visit. It was all delicately crafted from wood and taking 10 years to build. The grounds were equally gorgeous, containing a variety of bonsai trees and peony bushes.

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