What we're about

Welcome to Hong Kong Sacred Spaces! Sacred Spaces is the "Made in Hong Kong" initiative of the Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Society, a registered, non-religious organization dedicated to exploring Hong Kong. Sacred Spaces investigates culturally significant buildings, landscapes, and other areas that are unique to this region. So far we've explored churches, temples, monasteries, synagogues, mosques, and traditional Chinese ancestral sites. We also seek to expand the definition of the "sacred" by including non-traditional themes and locations like museums and sites of colonial heritage. Most of all Hong Kong Sacred Spaces is a fun and safe place to explore and understand the world around us.

Hong Kong Sacred Spaces 歡迎任何有興趣探索香港特區境內和周邊地區的各類宗教和冥想場所的同好者參加。我們尋訪位於城市和郊野內的各種神聖空間,例如教堂、廟宇、寺院,猶太教堂,清真寺還有其他中式祖傳或民族學地點。為了更深入探討“神聖”的定義,我們的各類活動也會帶大家走訪按非傳統主題而設計的路線或景點。Hong Kong Sacred Spaces 致力讓所有參與人士能在安全、包容的環境下更多了解我們身邊的各類神聖、宗教空間和生活方式。任何針對他人的信仰、無信仰或傳播福音(或提倡無神論)之類的行為及言論將被禁止。有興趣認識香港的不同宗教藝術、建築和文化的朋友們,歡迎成為我們一份子。

Attendance Policy

Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Meetup Group

The following is the updated Attendance Policy of Hong Kong Sacred Spaces as it has developed over time. This policy comprises portions of the meetup.com terms concerning attendance and other aspects that are part of the culture of this group.

Members are responsible for their own personal attendance calendar. If a member indicates that s/he is going to attend an event by clicking “YES” on the meetup.com RSVP system, s/he has, in effect, indicated to the group that s/he WILL attend. If a member CANNOT attend (extenuating circumstances aside) it is the member’s responsibility to update their RSVP status. For details of the meetup.com procedures click here (https://www.meetup.com/help/topics/9/article/615554/) for details. If you don't show up (and don't tell us) we're going to worry about you!

Consequently, if a member does not attend an event without changing the RSVP s/he will be marked as a “No-Show” for that event. Once a member accumulates (3) three No-Shows s/he is putting their membership in jeopardy and can be subject to expulsion.

People are also responsible for their own health and wellbeing. Hong Kong Sacred Spaces, it's sponsors or any other stakeholder bears no liability for events that may occur on during one of our programs. Furthermore, the opinions of sponsors, organizers, and other interested parties may or may not be the opinions of Hong Kong Sacred Spaces, it's sponsors, or it's stakeholders.

Attendance Policy as it relates to Payments

Hong Kong Sacred Spaces is a volunteer organization hosted by the Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Society, a registered volunteer organization under the Hong Kong Societies Ordinance. Our events generally fall under the following three categories.

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1. FREE. Many, if not most events of our events are free of charge.

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2. Pay-As-You-Go. Others are “Pay-As-You-Go”. This means that members come to an event and pay their own transportation, meals, and any other cost required of that event. Organizers will do their best to give participants an approximate amount ahead of time for such an event but it is still the Member’s responsibility to cover all costs.

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3. PRE-PAID. Occasionally, organizers have to pre-pay deposits and other incidental costs for an event. This necessitates that members PREPAY. It is important to remember that Sacred Spaces is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization and does NOT accept remuneration of any kind.

Weather Policy

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The decision to proceed with an event in the face of bad weather is taken on a case by case basis. Generally speaking, we follow normal Hong Kong weather protocols and cancel an event when the Hong Kong Observatory raises a severe weather signals. You can click here (https://www.evernote.com/l/AN23o6F3kAhDap6Lw8h1GzPL7shH-GWBiD8) to see definitions of them. Organizers will endeavor to notify the group of a cancellation TWO HOURS before a scheduled event so as not to complicate travel plans.

Health and Safety

According to the Hong Kong Health Authorities (https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/healthtopics/content/24/29.html), the peak time for Seasonal Influenza is from November to March and then again during July and August. Seasonal Influenza is a real bother and can be quite dangerous so if you think you're getting sick, please take proper precautions like wearing a mask and dutifully washing or sanitizing your hands. If you're really feeling ill please consider staying home while you rest up. You can always join us the next time and just think about how much sympathy you'll get when you tell everyone you were sick!

Additionally, mosquitos and other pests are big issues for us, especially during the warm months. Please remember that for ANY event outside the Urban Areas (North Shore Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and other built areas) you really ought to consider wearing some kind of insect repellant on exposed skin and wearing long trousers/pants with closed-toe shoes to prevent becoming someone's snack. Believe me, I have A LOT of experience in this regard!

Community Guidelines

In accordance with the Meetup.com Group Standards Policy, Hong Kong Sacred Spaces is Local Community Focused group that Meets in Real Life. Additionally, we strictly adhere to Meetup.com's Conduct Policy in that we host events that are SAFE, HONEST, and TRANSPARENT. These qualities should be applied not only to Sacred Spaces but should be a MINIMUM STANDARD for ALL Meetup Groups. Please see their Policy Page (https://www.meetup.com/guidelines/?subnav=group) here.

Having said that each of us is responsible for our own Meetup privacy settings which includes messaging and other account features. Go to your accounts settings page to review your personal preferences. Click here for the help center. (https://www.meetup.com/help/)

Following Meetup's Policy unsolicited and otherwise unwanted commercial messages, especially for UNRELATED COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES will be dealt with harshly. Expulsion from Hong Kong Sacred Spaces and reporting to Meetup Headquarters are the tools available to group Organizers.

Finally, Intolerance of other people's beliefs or non-beliefs as well as evangelizing for any faith (or non-faith) will not be tolerated. Why not come along and check out the sacred art and architecture that exists in every corner of Hong Kong and beyond.

Upcoming events (5)

Tour Chungking Mansion - 重慶大廈

Tsim Sha Tsui Station

Ascribing personality to a building is a little melodramatic. It happens all the time especially in design and architectural publications. Yet most buildings in our everyday life can be regarded simply. They are either "good" or "bad", "ugly" or "beautiful", rarely is it any more nuanced than that. Chungking Mansions, however, might be the exception. For various reasons, the Mansions remains one of the most enigmatic places in Hong Kong. Designed as residential housing and built by the Sino-Philippine developer Jaime Chua Tiampo - 蔡天普 the Mansions were a crowd jewel of Tsim Sha Tsui in the 1960s when it was built. It had apartments, a shopping arcade, a rather famous nightclub all with pretensions to luxury before its reputation took a decidedly downward turn in the 1970s and 1980s. Through it all, the Mansions survived fires, corruption scandals, and a few police raids clinging to a low-tech, high-intensity globalized entrepreneurship that few places in the world can match. If Hong Kong is a fast city then the Chungking Mansions is its whirlwind beating heart. Hong Kong Sacred Spaces is delighted to announce a tour of the Chungking Mansions co-hosted by the Africa Center Hong Kong. The Africa Center is a group dedicated to promoting African Culture centered in Chungking Mansions. The tour will include a walk through various warrens of the Complex and a discussion about past and present residence. It might include a peek at the roof (weather permitting) Afterwards we'll be treated to a buffet lunch of West African cuisine. I can think of no better way to explore this "city within a city" and learn about its colorful past. This event costs $200 for including the tour and a buffet lunch.

A Walk along Wong Nai Chung Gap 黃泥涌峽 Pacific War Trail

Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park

"...The island was covered by a heavy pall of smoke from fires started by air and artillery bombardment. Earlier, the Japanese Imperial Headquarters claimed that Japanese troops had landed at three points and had stormed a 1,500 foot dominating hill in the center of the island, despite strong British resistance...The report is true" The following is a transcription of a radio broadcast from December 19, 1941. The "dominating hill at the center of (Hong Kong) island" is Mount Butler 畢拿山. Between the ridges of the surrounding hills is the site known as Wong Nai Chung Gap 黃泥涌峽. One of the fiercest battles during the invasion of Hong Kong in 1941 was fought here. It's a much quieter place now of course. You’re more likely to encounter hiking families then invading armies and yet between the luxury apartments, tennis courts, and cricket clubs there is a hidden past that takes a little effort to reveal. Hong Kong Sacred Spaces has the good fortune to be invited on a walk on the Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail by Mr. Bill Lake, local historian, and senior figure in the growing community of Pacific War specialists here in Hong Kong. He'll take us along the WNCG and highlight major events that transpired there. He'll also introduce us to Jardine's Lookout 渣甸山, a remote hunting lodge once used by the Jardin Matheson 怡和輪船公司 Company to manipulate local markets during the Age of Sail. This event is open to everyone in the greater Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Community. The cost of this event is as follows: Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Society Members $50, Non-members $100. Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Society Membership is separate from Meetup and required that you complete a Membership form and pay an annual membership fee of $100. Please see http://bit.ly/2udlezN for details. This walk will not be difficult for most people; however, September can still be quite hot and humid so please remember to wear comfortable clothing and sensible shoes (no sandals or anything with firm heels). Also, insect repellent and sunscreen are also advised. Water is a must!

Visit the "Bei Shan Tang Legacy..." Exhibition

University MTR Station

There are arts and culture groups in Hong Kong whose prestige come not from splashy exhibitions but from quiet connoisseurship. The Bei Shan Tang / 北山堂基金 Foundation is one of them. Intimately connected with both the Chinese University of Hong Kong AND the Lee Family the Bei Shan Tang has quietly promoted Chinese Arts & Culture in a city not known, until recently, for either. The CUHK Museum has turned the tables so to speak and is highlighting some of its pieces of Chinese Painting amassed by the Foundation in hopes of highlighting the amazing legacy of this group. From the University's website: " Following the work on Bei Shan Tang’s generous gift of Chinese calligraphy, zisha stoneware, stele inscriptions and ink rubbings, the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is presenting “The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Chinese Painting”, which features a selection of 120 ancient Chinese paintings donated or lent to the museum by Bei Shan Tang. The selected works, displayed in two phases, showcase the fine artistry and diverse styles of Chinese painting since the Song and Yuan dynasties. Divided into ten sections, including landscapes, bird-and-flower, religion, portraits, lady figures, Yangzhou, Guangdong, and works of women painters, the exhibits give full play to the exquisite crafts and designs of individual artists, as well as their times and artistic environments. Masterpieces like Tao Xuan’s (fl. 14th century) Pavilion against Distant Mountains, Wen Boren’s (1502–1575) River and Mountains in Mist, Dong Qichang’s (1555–1636) Landscapes after Various Masters, Gong Xian’s (1618–1689) Swallow Rock, Shitao’s (1642–1707) Fruits and Flowers in the Bei Shan Tang collection are highlighted, along with such rare gems as Shepherd Boy (attributed to Qi Xu, ca. 11th century), Lin Liang’s (ca. 1436–ca. 1487) Birds on a Pine Tree, and Wang Shizhen Composing Poems and Admiring Plum Blossoms (anon.) that are shown in public for the very first time. Together with the catalogue penned jointly by the students and teachers of the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK, this exhibition hopes to underscore the discerning taste and immense breadth of the Bei Shan Tang collection and enrich our insights into the history of Chinese painting. " Come along with Hong Kong Sacred Spaces for this FREE event which includes a docent lead tour in English and Chinese.

Tour Chungking Mansion - 重慶大廈

Tsim Sha Tsui Station

Ascribing personality to a building is a little melodramatic. It happens all the time especially in design and architectural publications. Yet most buildings in our everyday life can be regarded simply. They are either "good" or "bad", "ugly" or "beautiful", rarely is it any more nuanced than that. Chungking Mansions, however, might be the exception. For various reasons, the Mansions remains one of the most enigmatic places in Hong Kong. Designed as residential housing and built by the Sino-Philippine developer Jaime Chua Tiampo - 蔡天普 the Mansions were a crowd jewel of Tsim Sha Tsui in the 1960s when it was built. It had apartments, a shopping arcade, a rather famous nightclub all with pretensions to luxury before its reputation took a decidedly downward turn in the 1970s and 1980s. Through it all, the Mansions survived fires, corruption scandals, and a few police raids clinging to a low-tech, high-intensity globalized entrepreneurship that few places in the world can match. If Hong Kong is a fast city then the Chungking Mansions is its whirlwind beating heart. Hong Kong Sacred Spaces is delighted to announce a tour of the Chungking Mansions co-hosted by the Africa Center Hong Kong. The Africa Center is a group dedicated to promoting African Culture centered in Chungking Mansions. The tour will include a walk through various warrens of the Complex and a discussion about past and present residence. It might include a peek at the roof (weather permitting) Afterwards we'll be treated to a buffet lunch of West African cuisine. I can think of no better way to explore this "city within a city" and learn about its colorful past. This event costs $200 for members of Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Society and $250 for non-Society Members. Society membership is separate and requires that you complete a membership form and pay a $100 annual fee. This English language tour includes a buffet style light supper.

Past events (265)

Chasing The Ghost of Suzie Wong

Admiralty MTR Station, Exit F - Pacific Place

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