Hong Kong Urban Pilgrimage is divided into two parts. The first part was included in the Tin Hau/Tai Hang Guide (published in the 14 February issue of HK Dollarsaver). You are to find six places of religious worship, one religious institute, one Indian spiritual centre and one totem of local secular faith. To make Part One complete, there are two more places to go.
Walking down the slope to the end will reach Leighton Rd. The Zoroastrian Building is directly opposite at No. 101. It replaced the Zoroastrian Chapel that was torn down in 1991. The modern commercial building still houses a place of worship and the office of “The Incorporated Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton and Macao”.
Zoroastrianism is an ancient Persian religion with a history of over 3,000 years. The rise of Islam after the 7th century drove many believers to other parts of the world. Those who settled in Bombay (Mumbai), India are called Parsee and some came to Hong Kong in the 19th century. Being both astute merchants and charitable at heart because of their religion, they have made great contributions to the society of Hong Kong. There are streets and hospital bearing names of prominent Parsee figures like Mody, Kotewall, Bisney and Ruttonjee. For those who wish to learn more about the religion, their priest (Ervad) Homyo can be reached at 2882 3227.
The first part of the "pilgrimage" ends in Causeway Bay, where glass and steel high rises, fine food dining venues and large brand name signs compete for your attention. Welcome back to the “real” World City.