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Prayers for Success

Rising through the civil service ranks in traditional China - even passing the introductory examinations - was the goal and the path to success for any educated Chinese man for many centuries during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It's no surprise, then, that the veneration of Man Tai (a paragon of literature) and Mo Tai (a god of war) would become an attraction for aspiring bureaucrats. The Man Mo Temple is dedicated to these two paragons of students and scholars, founded in 1847 (making it the oldest traditional Chinese temple in Hong Kong). It is very large, covering several blocks on Hollywood Road in the Sheung Wan district, and includes a number of intricate carvings and architectural details.

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