Weeping Buffalo Changing Lives

By P Chong                                                                                                     14 November 2011

At the abattoir, quite often strange happenings of animals crying go unnoticed by human beings. I was talking to my wife about the story below “of a sorrowful buffalo suddenly standing still, refusing to move forward, kneeling on its two front knees, and with tears streaming from its eyes,” when she recalled of her young days living in Taiping, Malaysia. She too had observed in the nearby abattoir of cows awaiting to be slaughtered crying aloud, seemingly knowing their fateful demise.

But this water buffalo had real tears that touched the hearts of the butchers & changing their lives!


The Buffalo was standing still, sad and frightened to tears.

According to China’s People’s News, whether people believe it or not, this incident actually happened in Hong Kong. TheWeekly World News reported that a group of workers were bringing a water buffalo into a packaging factory, ready to slaughter it to make steak and beef stew.

When they approached the front door of the slaughterhouse, the sorrowful buffalo suddenly stood still, refusing to move forward, kneeling on its two front knees, and had tears streaming from its eyes.

How could the buffalo be aware that it was going to be slaughtered, before entering the slaughterhouse? This shows that it was even more alert than many a person. “When I saw what is believed to be a stupid animal actually crying, and when I noticed that its eyes were full of fear and sadness, I could not help but shiver.” Extremely shocked by this, butcher Shiu Tat-Nin recalled: “I quickly called the other people to come and see, and they were as surprised as I was! We pushed and pulled the water buffalo, but it would not move; it just sat there crying constantly.”

Billy Fong, the boss of the Hong Kong packaging plant said, “Mankind has always thought that animals are not like people who can cry, but this buffalo is really sobbing like a baby!”

At that time there were at least a dozen strong, burly men present, but their hearts were softened by the buffalo’s crying, and those who were responsible for killing water buffaloes were even more touched by this, tears welling out of their eyes.

Buffalo weeping non-stop – When workers from other slaughterhouses heard the news, they also ran to the crying and kneeling buffalo, and the site was soon crowded with people who were astonished at what they saw. Three of them were so shocked that they said that from now on, even when they slaughter other kinds of animals, they will never forget that buffalo’s tears. 

At the point when a buffalo is crying and people are crying as well, we can all be sure that none of them will kill the buffalo now. Then the question was how to take care of this matter. Finally, they decided to buy the water buffalo with cash, and then they sent it to a Buddhist temple, for the monastic to take good care of it, so that it could be assured of living out its life peacefully.

When this decision was made, an amazing thing happened again: “When there was an assurance that the buffalo would not be killed, it finally agreed to move, got up, and it’s here with us.” How could a water buffalo understand human words? Shiu said: “Whether you believe it or not, this is really true, although it sounds really incredible. 

Undoubtedly, this buffalo has changed the lives of these butchers.

Victoria Peak – Hong Kong

Victoria Peak – the highest point in all of Hong Kong, overlooks Kowloon and all Hong Kong island. Its views are most spectacular & world renowned.

Victoria Peak (traditional Chinese: 太平山, or previously- 扯旗山), 554 meters (about 1817.6 feet) above sea level, is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. It occupies the western part of the island and ascent is by way of the venerable Peak Tram. As most visitors would agree it’s the only way to truly experience the beauty of Hong Kong’s natural wonders.

As early as 19th century, the Peak attracted European & prominent residents because of its panoramic view over the colony and its temperate climate compared to the sub-tropical climate in the rest of Hong Kong. The sixth Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Richard MacDonnell had a summer residence built on the Peak circa 1868. Those that built houses named them whimsically, such The Eyrie, and the Austin Arms.

These original residents reached their homes by sedan chairs, which were carried up and down the steep slope of Victoria Peak. There was limited development in the Peak until the opening of the Peak Tram Funicular in 1888. (Refer article by same author on Maxwell’s Hill, Taiping, Malaysia).

The boost to accessibility caused by the opening of the Peak Tram created demand for residences on the Peak. Between 1904 and 1930, the Peak Reservation Ordinance designated the Peak as an exclusive residential area reserved for non-Chinese. They also reserved the Peak Tram for the use of such passengers during peak periods. The Peak remains an upmarket residential area, although residency today is based on wealth.

With some seven million visitors every year, the Peak is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. It offers spectacular views of the city and its harbours. The number of visitors led to the construction of two major leisure and shopping centres, the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria, situated adjacent to each other.

Peak Garden at the Top


Jumbo Floating Restaurant – Aberdeen, Hong Kong

A mural in the restaurant
Image via Wikipedia - Ancient Mural

Dine like an emperor with a “six-star” sumptuous dinner at the dragon court of this most famous Hong Kong landmark in Aberdeen.

Make it a memorable occasion & have your photo taken dressed in traditional imperial garments sitting on the emperor’s throne.

Source: Wikipedia - Full View at Night

Jumbo Kingdom (traditional Chinese: 珍寶王國) consists of the Jumbo Floating Restaurant (珍寶海鮮舫) and the Tai Pak Floating Restaurant (太白海鮮舫), renowned tourist attractions in Hong Kong‘s Aberdeen Harbour.

Popular for Weddings & Lavish Functions

Over 30 million visitors have visited Jumbo Kingdom, including Queen Elizabeth II, John Wayne, Tom Cruise, Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li. Jumbo Kingdom is part of Melco International Development Limited (新濠國際發展有限公司), a company listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

The Jumbo Kingdom was established in October 1976 by Dr. Stanley Ho. It took four years and over HK$30 million to design and build it. It was originally decorated in the style of an ancient Chinese imperial palace.

Free motor launch transport

The Jumbo Kingdom recently underwent a major multi-million dollar renovation, which transformed it into “a theme park on the sea” including dining, shopping, sightseeing and cultural attractions.

Jumbo Entrance

A Chinese culinary school taught by the chefs

of Jumbo Kingdom has been established.

Visitors can experience the nostalgic Hong Kong dining experience from a bygone era, the Typhoon Shelter seafood meal on a sampan.

The Chinese Tea Garden, Pier Plaza & Bronzew are Exhibition are additional attractions.

Since its opening in 1976 as the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, it has excelled in the preparation of seafood for discerning diners. Designed like a classic Chinese palace, it can accommodate up to 2,300 people. Situated in Aberdeen Harbour, the Jumbo is one of the world’s largest floating restaurants and an iconic tourist landmark of Hong Kong.

Inside Jumbo Floating Restaurant (Hong Kong)
Image via Wikipedia - Interior

The combination of good food & place makes eating all the more pleasurable!

Colours & lights at night add on to the romantic delight!

HK Sunset Cruise By Chinese Junk

A romantic & worthwhile proposition is a Sunset Cruise plus dinner at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant!

Star Seafood Floating Restaurant – Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Photo Source: Wikipedia

Lion Entrance

The eternal question among the Chinese is:

Do we Eat to Live

or Live to Eat?

Dragon Chairs & Folding Screen

Hong Kong offers a variety of cuisine from street stalls to imperial courts. Good food galore, for the Cantonese are undoubtedly the best cooks in the world. However, but it’s knowing where & what to eat, as like the locals, that will make the difference to your wallet & palate.

Beautiful Surrounding - Shatin Park

As a regular visitor to Hong Kong, I have come to be familiar with the Cantonese folks in their fondness of eating out. There is no shortage of choice restaurants.

Promenade along Shing Mun River

Star Seafood Restaurant (Chinese: “Ming Sing” 明星海鮮舫), formerly called Treasure Floating Restaurant (Chinese: 敦煌畫舫), is a restaurant in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. This is the only marble or granite boat-shaped restaurant berthing along the eastern shore of Shing Mun River, near the junction of Siu Lek Yuen Road and Tai Chung Kiu Road. It serves a variety of Cantonese dishes including Cantonese dim sum & seafood.

Shing Mun River & Cycle Track

Please confuse not yourself with another much more famous Jumbo Seafood Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen in Hong Kong.

Restaurant Side View

The 8-hectare Sha Tin Park is located by the Shing Mun River. The South Garden is a traditional Chinese garden with pavilions, bridge and waterfalls.

Sai Kung nearby is famous for its abundance of seafood restaurants. (Below)

Sai Kung Seafood Restaurants - Many Around Nearby

Related Post:  Eating Out in Hong Kong

Eating Out in Hong Kong

Eating Out In Hong Kong

30230632.CRW_6849_RJaJumbo – Famous Floating Seafood Restaurant

Chinese are known for their culinary skills, and the dominant presence of Chinese restaurants in foreign lands reflects that. It is generally acceptable that Chinese food is tasty and most palatable. In Perth, for example, on a per capita basis there are more Chinese restaurants than anywhere else I know. Eating out in a Chinese restaurant on a Friday evening is a norm among the Aussies.

Perhaps, when you look at the life style in Hong Kong, where living space is a premium, and where people generally work right round the clock, then you begin to understand why Hongkies choose to eat out. The roaring trade of the restaurants here does not in any way indicate that the economy is down. People are still entertaining out or eating out with their families. Most families generally don’t have the luxury of proper dining room or kitchen facility adequately made for entertainment. Seldom you get an invitation from your Hong Kong friends to dine at their homes. Most meeting and entertainment whether social or otherwise are done outside the home.

Shopping in Ikea the other day provided an interesting experience, particularly in the café section. We were utterly surprised to see a great number of students doing their schoolwork there. Considering that the place, public though it is, probably provide a more conducive environment than the home for their studies. The management gladly permit them to linger on. Rightly and profitably too this crowd does form a sizeable clientele. Another venue popular with students is the many outlets of McDonalds and KFC. The availability of community libraries may be a solution for the students.

People are naturally gregarious and habitually gather together or congregate at “mahjong” tables or in the morning favour Dim Sim Houses for “Yum Cha”. Having lived for some twenty-six years in Perth where “Yum Cha” has taken on even with the Aussies, the atmosphere of such Dim Sim places is utterly different. Forget about the limit of noise pollution. In there all rules are broken. Don’t be annoyed that you can’t even hear your own self. Back in 1972 on our first visit to Hong Kong, we noticed that people literally had to queue by your table, waiting to pounce upon your vacating it. Today this may not be so, but people still queue outside with allotted numbers.

SSJhongkong3nttables.JPGSeafood Restaurant Serving Fresh Seafood

Our son and daughter-in-law took us to a rooftop restaurant in City One, Shatin, where full-suit attired male waiters serve on their diners. We had expected a quieter atmosphere, but not so even with all its grandeur. I guess Hongkies are generally loud people. Hong Kong must be the noisiest city in the world. Perhaps, if the floor is carpeted and the walls soundproof . . . but then the authenticity will be altered. All would seem so alien. The busy pressure of serving, the noise generated by the diners, and the impatient diners all contribute towards the “fun and joy” of dining out in Hong Kong. I guess this is one experience quite unlike anywhere in the world. But generally the food is good and the price . . . well, it depends where you dine or what you compare with.

For all its shortfalls, Hong Kong cooks are about the best there is in all China and possibly in the world. Whatever the outcome, people will continue to eat out! I guess this is one of the simple pleasures in life. With the famed roast goose and such seafood paradise as Lei Yue Mun and Sok Kwu Wan, sometimes I wonder whether we eat to live or live to eat!


Paul Chong ©