Buddhas and Skyscrapers


I follow this blog for her great photos of Hong Kong. It’s easy to imagine my characters, Deshi & Annie from my book Hong Kong Treasure, seeing the same places.
This post takes you to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. Some of the Buddhas are funny and others are just gorgeous. Enjoy and tell me which Buddha you liked best!

Peanut Butter and Mussels

Thursday 14th August

As Josh is an avid collector of Buddhas, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery was an inevitable destination during his visit! We hopped on the bus to Sha Tin and stopped off at Bene Italian for fuel. Josh had gnocchi (mainly to show me what they are) i.e. small dumplings made from potato, semolina or flour. They just tasted like cheesy dough to me…probably something that I’d enjoy as part of a meal, rather than a dish on its own.

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My lunch was mediocre too.


However this means that our day could only get better, right?! After lunch, we made our way over…

The long uphill journey to the monastery is an attraction in itself, as the path is lined on both sides with 500 life-sized golden Buddhas, each in different (and often hilarious) poses.


Almost there…




Founded in the 1950’s, the Ten Thousand Buddhas…

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7 Lucky Feng Shui Animals

This is the second part of my Animal Feng Shui post. To read part one click here.

These seven animals are protective and symbols of long life and good fortune.

1. Tortoise – This animal brings wealth and protection to the home and family by harmonizing interior and exterior designs. To take advantage of the protection benefits from this ancient Feng Shui animal, place a tortoise in the back of your house facing toward the front door (West) and in a garden pond in your backyard facing your house.

Three turtles

2. Cat – In Ancient Egypt the cat was considered the Goddess of Health, bringing to women protection and marital happiness. Since cats can see in the dark, they protect and bring love and happiness to a home. Place cat figurines in the Marriage/Relationship and Career areas of your home and place Lucky Cats in your place of business.

Bau Compass

Bau Compass

Chinese Lucky Cats

Chinese Lucky Cats

large breed cat

3. Birds & Butterflies – Yes, butterflies, who flutter and fly close to the Heavens. When used in the Marriage/Relationships Area could attract a romantic partner and when used in the Creativity/Children Area could release a free-flowing of creative energy in your life.

Black & Blue butterfly

Mandarin Ducks have been known as the “love birds” since ancient times in China. They mate for life and symbolize devotion and fidelity so use them in the Marriage/Relationship Area (always in pairs).

Pair of Mandarins

4. Fu Dogs – These dogs have always guarded Imperial and wealthy homes and businesses by intimidating the negative energies and preventing them from entering the home or business. Use the Fu Dogs as pairs and place them where they will face the front door of your home or business.


5. Elephant – I was surprised to find the elephant is considered a protective and wish-granting animal. White elephants are especially auspicious and bring the owner great luck. To use an elephant for fertility, make sure the elephant’s trunk is pointed down but if using the animal for good luck you want the trunk to point up to hold the luck.


6. Deer – The name deer in Chinese sounds like the word for wealth and prosperity. It is a symbol of a long and prosperous life so use your deer figurine in the East section (Family Area) of your home.


7. Horses – Historically horses were given, laden with offerings & gifts, to the winner of competitions or battles. In Feng Shui the horse symbolizes a rising in wealth, prestige and promotion. Place your horse figurines and art in the Career Area of your home or office.

Horse racing

If you are an animal lover like me, you will have no problem displaying these lucky animals about your home and yard and reap the protection, happiness and health benefits.

If you try any of these Feng Shui tips, I would love to hear how it went or tell me about other methods you have tried.


Sources: http://www.lushome.com/feng-shui-home-pets/2693, http://www.fengshui.com, http://www.redlotusletter.com


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