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Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda - The Only Ancient Pagoda in Hong Kong

Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda - Ping Shan, Hong KongTsui Sing Lau Pagoda, also known as Pagoda of Gathering Stars, is an ancient three-storey tower located in Ping Shan, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong. It is the only surviving pagoda of its kind in the territory and was declared a monument on December 14, 2001.

The pagoda was believed to have been built more than 600 years ago by Tang Yin-tung, a seventh-generation ancestor of the Tang Clan of Ping Shan. It was was intended as a feng shui structure designed to ward off evil spirits from the north and to prevent flooding in the area.

According to legends, the name of the pagoda was a reference to Tang Yin-tung's dream that a group of stars gathered together and dropped onto the location where the pagoda now stands.

The pagoda's alignment with Castle Peak is also believed to be very auspicious and would ensure success for clan members in the imperial civil service examinations. In fact, the Tang Clan has produced numerous scholars and officials.

The hexagonal structure stands about thirteen metres high and is made from mud bricks and granite. It is believed to originally have a total of 7 floors, but this was reduced to 3 due to erosion.

A statue of Fui Shing or Champion Star, an ancient deity who determines which scholars were to pass examinations and receive titles, is worshiped in the pagoda's upper floor.

Auspicious titles are inscribed in each floor, including: “Over the Milky Way” on the top floor, “Pagoda of Gathering Stars” on the middle floor and “Light Shines Straight Onto the Dippers and the Enclosures” on the ground floor.

Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda is open daily (except Tuesdays), from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. It is closed on New Year's Day, the first three days of the Chinese New Year, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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