Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees – Hong Kong’s Trees of Luck
The Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees (Lincun Wishing Tree) actually refers two Banyans which are located near the Tin Hau Temple in Fong Ma Po Village, in Lam Tsuen. The trees were said to be planted around the era of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and are regarded as sacred by local villagers.
During celebrations of the Lunar New Year, tourists and locals flock to the banyan trees to write their wish on a piece of paper, tie it to a citrus fruit and then throw it as high as they could up onto the tree. The idea is to make the fruit with wishing paper lodge onto the branches. The higher the fruit is, the more chances there was for the wish coming true.
The two trees have specific wish-granting functions: the big one is related to study, business, residence, wealth and health while the small one is relevant to children and marriage.
However, the practice was discouraged by the authorities in 2005 when one of the branches gave way and injured two people. Instead, wooden racks are set up in place for the wishing papers to be hung while a period of conservation is imposed to help both the trees recover and flourish once again.
To reach Lam Tsuen’s Wishing Trees, catch bus 64K from the Tai Po Market MTR East Rail station and alight at Fong Ma Po.