Tian Hou Gong, Chiwan’s Goddess Temple, is said to have been built as an offering to the Goddess Mazu as far back as 1410. You may also see the temple’s name spelled “Tin Han” is some of their marketing materials.
Mazu is the patron saint of seafarers and is often visited by locals before heading off to sea. They say that of the 1500 temples devoted to her across 26 countries, this is the largest in Guangdong.
It’s a fairly small temple and is currently undergoing renovations; however, at just 15 RMB for tickets it’s not a bad place to visit. We suggest calling ahead of any visit as their hours may fluctuate during renovation. 0755-2685-3219.
Various events are held at this temple throughout the year; including a celebration of Mazu’s birthday as well as Chinese New Year performances. Due to the current renovations, temple attendants told us that in 2017 there would not be a Chinese New Year performance held here; however, the Shenzhen Daily has reported that the event will still take place. We’ll update this section here as soon as we receive confirmation.
The temple has lots of interesting features; including stone carvings, a drum tower, bell tower and statues; including two great generals Chien Li Yen and Shun Feng Er who guard Tianhou.
Here’s a map of the temple grounds.
The easiest way to get to the temple located at 9 Chiwan 6th Road is, of course, by taxi. Their address in Chinese is: 深圳市南山区赤湾6路9号天后官. You can also take Shenzhen’s Metro Line 2 to Chiwan Station; however it’s about a ten minute walk from there. The bus station in front of the temple shows busses 226, M371, N4 arriving their; however, the temple attendants say busses 355 and 329 also stop there.