Construction of the 5-storey building, which was designed by internationally renowned architects, Foster and Partners, began in The rooftop deck offers degree panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and includes two outdoor event spaces, one with grass lawn and an outdoor performance venue with person grandstand.
The deck is open from 7am to midnight and admission is free. Since its establishment, Tung Lin Kok Yuen has played a significant religious and educational role in the Chinese community for its strong association with the early development of female education, and the development and teaching of modern Chinese Buddhism.
Tung Lin Kok Yuen adopted Western structural forms, combined with traditional Chinese designs, details and decorations, such as flying eaves, brackets and glazed tile roofs. Internal decorative features, including aisle railings and wall and ceiling mouldings, are also in strong Chinese colours and design. With its arrowhead-shaped building plan, Tung Kin Kok Yuen's appearance resembles a giant ship, symbolising one of Mahayana Buddhism's concepts of ferrying all beings to the "other shore", or in other words enlightenment itself.
The building follows the traditional Chinese layout for a Buddhist monastery design, with halls in designated sequence. During the Japanese occupation, the church ceased to function and the building was converted into a horse stable by the Japanese army and suffered severe looting and damage.
The church was opened again for public worship with a rededication service held on October 19, , and continues to serve the community to this day.
The church possesses Perpendicular Gothic architectural features, with a pitched Chinese-tiled roof, red load-bearing brick walls and contrasting grey granite steps and window surrounds.
A semicircular apse and an attached three-storey battlemented tower were built at the two ends of the church respectively. The windows of the church are set in decorative granite framing in the form of trefoil-headed tracery. The elegant double hammer-beam timber roof trusses with carved granite corbel supports are a rare and dominant feature of the spacious interior of the main hall of the church.
The temple is one of the oldest temples in Tai O and has long been patronised not only by fishing folk and fisheries merchants in Tai O, but also by merchants from the neighbouring places and the Qing soldiers along the coast. The temple is also popular for its strong association with the Tai O dragon boat water parade, which is a traditional festive event with a history of over years and was inscribed onto the third national list of intangible cultural heritage of China in The temple compound consists of the main temple building and side halls constructed of grey brick, granite and timber.
The main temple building is a Qing vernacular two-hall, three-bay building, with a courtyard covered with a pavilion in between the two halls. Exquisite historic Shiwan ceramic figurines portraying Chinese folk stories can also be found on the roof ridge of the entrance hall and the two parapet walls of the covered courtyard.
The new branding replaces the old design of blue and white tram tracks on a red background which has been in use since and the new graphic system will be used on trams, on tram stop signs to make them more conspicuous, on the route map to make it clearer, website to make it more user-friendly and on other passenger materials.
The new logo is based on an image of double-decker tram silhouette with the shape of a bauhinia leaf in the background and a smile on the bumper.
Three trams have been specially liveried to promote the new image with new logo and "Catch a ride, Catch a smile" slogan and all trams will display a smile on their bumpers for a period of three months.
Affectionately known as "Ding-Dings", Hong Kong trams have been operating for years and the strong fleet is the largest fleet of double-deck trams in the world, carrying about , passengers every day. Tram , one of three trams which have been specially liveried to promote Hong Kong Tramways new image xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx AQUA LUNA II Following the successful operation of Aqua Luna junk which has been providing scheduled tours of Victoria Harbour and weekend cruises to and from Stanley since , Aqua Restaurants Group launched its second junk Aqua Luna II during Easter The junk is 2 metres longer and one-third wider than Aqua Luna but the most striking difference is the sails in the blue and white of Ming-dynasty porcelain with swirling Chinese clouds, a dragon and an ankh.
The sails are made from synthetic canvas and are lighter than the familiar scarlet sails of Aqua Luna. Aqua Luna II is licensed to carry 99 passengers and will make regular sailings to Cheung Chau, Lamma and Stanley as well as corporate hire.
During the weekend of 13th and 14th May Hong Kong ID card holders will be offered free minute trips on the new junk. Aqua Luna II, Aqua Restaurant Group's second junk, launched April xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.