Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea, is heavily worshiped among locals due to Hong Kong’s history as a fishing port, so much so, we have an MTR station named after it. On her birthday (天后誕), the 20th of May this year (23rd day of the third lunar month), locals tend to flock to temples to pray for safety, security and fine weather for the coming year. What’s more important though (to us anyway), is that there’s always a 5-day celebratory fest that happens at the Tsing Yi Bamboo Theatre (青衣戲棚), with Cantonese opera and more than TWENTY A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Hong Kong food stalls.
2015 Tsing Yi Bamboo Theatre Fair
Date: 18th – 22nd May, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 12:00am
Location: 38 Tsing Luk St Tsing Yi, Hong Kong
Cantonese Opera at Outdoor Bamboo Theatre
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Cantonese opera is most representative of Tin Hau’s birthday, usually performed outdoors on stages built from nothing but bamboo. Bamboo theatres can only be found in Hong Kong, included in UNESCO’s “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” in 2009.
We present a comprehensive list of cheap, saliva-inducing local food you can expect to find at the 2015 Tsing Yi Bamboo Theatre Fair.
1. Fresh Watermelon Juice
Redefining what fresh watermelon juice means…because they straight up give you a watermelon to sip on.
2. Notorious Deep Fried Tofu
It’s literally just tofu, deep fried…but for unknown reasons it gives off a rather pungent (or appetising, depending which way you swing) odour. Try at your own risk.
3. Egg Flake Agar Blocks
Tradition jelly-like desert found in Asia (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).
4. Fresh Grilled Seafood & Teriyaki
Grilled abalone($35 for 3), oysters, octopus, chicken and more!