The Tsing Yi Bamboo Theatre, a temporary structure that is erected every year in honour of the deities Zhen Jun (The True Lord) and Tin Hau (The Empress of Heaven), will make its post-pandemic return this year in May. The theatre will be at its usual location: the Fung Shue Wo Road Football Field, next to the Municipal Service Building in Tsing Yi.

The celebrations for Zhen Jun’s birthday will be from May 1-5. The Shen Gong Chinese opera performances that are traditionally staged at this time will also make a comeback, and will begin at 7.15pm on May 1, and at 7.30pm every evening thereafter until May 5.

The snack stalls in front of the Tsing Yi Bamboo Theatre are popular for egg waffles and barbecue.
The snack stalls in front of the Tsing Yi Bamboo Theatre are popular for egg waffles and barbecue (© tomosang via Flickr)

Local media also reports that the popular snack stalls that are usually set up in front of the theatre will also return, and that there will be another theatre put up on May 19 to mark Tin Hau’s birthday.

Since 1961, the Tsing Yi celebrations for Zhen Jun and Tin Hau have been combined as both events take place within two weeks of each other. Access to the food stalls is free, but the opera performances are ticketed events.

Header image credits: tomosang via Flickr

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