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- Consistently in the top 10 things to do in most Hong Kong travel guides, this is truly a memorable experience. However unlike the main attractions this is far less busy. Maybe due to its location or maybe because some walking is involved, I’m really not sure. But I can assure you the trip here is worth it. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a wonderful addition to your Hong Kong itinerary . the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery was founded in the 1950’s and is not only just one monastery, but consists of 5 temples, 4 pavilions and 1 pagoda.
Tucked away this is not the easiest place to find, but when you do you be instantly blown away by the sight. Lifelike golden Buddha’s, glittering in the sun, stretching as far as the eye can see. As you ascend the 430 steps you will be gazed upon by these looming figures. Quite a surreal experience. And a great selfie opportunity. Check out each Buddha, each one has a unique and different expression. Some jovial and some menacing. Choose your favourite!
The statues become grander and more ornate as you climb and at the top is a wonderful temple where you can pay your respects. A magnificent view of downtown HK is provided too. Perfect gift after a long climb. This is a very peaceful spot, and you can just while away some time here, wouldn’t even believe you are in a mega city like HK
A giant towering pagoda also greets you at the top. All one can do is just gawk at it in awe. This pagoda is actually featured on the 100HKD bill and is an iconic landmark of this city! You can have the cnahce to climb the 9 floors and see the vista below you.
You can sit and rest for a while, or snap some pictures. You can go down again, but this time using a different path. Fewer Buddha’s on this route but watch out for the monkeys. They will appear and try to steal your belongings so be careful! Or possibly just sit and watch you as you go by, who knows! Going down you will end up in a little community area, with small houses and local people going aboutt thier business.Written 28 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin is one of the finest in Hong Kong and a very good complement to the HK History Museum in Hung Hum/TST East. The museum is open from 10am to 6pm daily (closed on Tuesdays). Permanent exhibitions are free to visit while special exhibitions usually require a HK$10 per adult ticket purchase.
What you will find are permanent exhibitions highlighted by the T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art which is a collection of over 700 works of antiquity and treasures that are curated and presented in an excellent manner. Some items date back nearly 2500 years and are in very good condition. This gallery alone is worth making the effort to visit the museum.
Other permanent exhibitions that cover the topics of Pop Culture, Chinese Opera and calligraphy and a particular special exhibition on the life of Hong Kong kung fu legend Bruce Lee which started in 2013 and has more or less been treated as a semi-permanent exhibition since that time. It is a very good introduction to the life of Bruce Lee and there are numerous items from his life that you can see.
Over the years, the HK Heritage Museum has hosted regular rotation of special exhibitions focusing on local and regional art, history and heritage. Presently, there is an interesting special exhibition called Out of Thin Air (until Sept 2023) that showcases the film art culture, providing a behind the scenes look at how art, sets and customs are created for locally produced film and movies.
The museum also hosts impressive international exhibitions that come through on an annual basis. Presently, there is a visual and virtual exhibition about the Versailles which makes use of multi-media and interactive installations to introduce the famous French palace near Paris in a fun and creative way, one in which adults and children can enjoy.
It is worth checking out the museum website to see what exhibitions are being held. If there is something of interest, you can always make a 1/2 day visit to the Sha Tin area to see the museum along with Che Kong and Man Fat Tsz (10,000 Buddha) temples and other sightseeing/shopping and dining opportunities that are nearby.Written 18 June 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This place is a lot of fun. Very spacious and the amazing vibes. First time in my entire life to attend something like that. It was very crowded but it didn't stop me for enjoying it there to the fullest :)Written 19 May 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Super memorable! It is a strenuous hike (less than twin peaks), but not too long. The path is well marked, and the trail is well maintained. Seven stars out of five! It is a strenuous hike (less than twin peaks), but not too long. The path is well marked, and the trail is well maintained. For a lot of the hike, you will have shade, which is welcome. There are stops along the way for truly Instagram-worthy photos of the amazing views. The best one of course is on the very top of the loin's head (which needs just a bit of agilie rock climbing to get to). On the way back, check your GPS as there are several paths to get down - some short and some long. Instagram-worthy photos of the amazing views. The best one of course is on the very top of the loin's head (which needs just a bit of agilie rock climbing to get to). On the way back, check your GPS as there are several paths to get down - some short and some long.Written 12 February 2023
- This temple offers many photo opportunities for photographers. The main temple features a huge golden statue facing the worshippers. There is a drum tower and a bell tower on either side of the temple complex. Near the center of the courtyard are two rows of clay statues facing each other. There are also minor gods in smaller altars. Even the roof has interesting figurines of dragons and mythic animals.Written 1 November 2022
- If you like your retail therapy this place is for you. All high end stores are here. Next to Sha Tin MTR if you got the money honey this place is your paradise!Written 18 March 2019
- That is one of the best running trails of mine for years. Easily accessible by public transport and flexible to leave by bike (if you can account to use the local shared bikes, such as Loco).
Seaview without smelly water. Sunset and mountain (Pat Sin Leng) at the backdrop.
For bird watching, you can meet egrets anytime.
Or, kingfisher, if you are lucky.Written 12 February 2023
- I do not thhink many tourists will be going to the Shatin area unless to visit the 10,000 Buddha Monestary. See my review of the Monestary if you would like to visit as it is very worthwhile, even with 436 stairs. There is also a mall, Central Plaza located here and the MTR station is very big. A quiet area away from Kowloon and the Island if you need that and have extra time.Written 22 January 2020
- Sha Tin Park is a public park providing 8 hectares of rural and leisure grounds between New Town Plaza shopping mall and the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin. The park opened in 1988 and can be visited from 6.30am to 11pm daily.
Here visitors can enjoy much open space, holiday installations which are particularly interesting during festival periods like Chinese New Year and nice garden grounds.
There are Walled Gardens with traditional moon gate entrances, buildings and pavilions of traditional Chinese architecture, numerous planted trees, shrubs, flowering plants, artificial ponds, streams and even a small waterfall.
The North and South Gardens are particularly relaxing. This is where you find enclosed small lakes with lilies, flowering plants, small bridges and plenty of benched seating. There are terrapins and koy fish in the ponds, lots of bird life in the area as well. Some of the walled garden areas are popular for those practicing morning tai chi.
You'll find a kiosk, fountain and amphitheatre in the centre of the park and bike paths lining the river just next to the park grounds. Lots of footpaths criss-crossing the various pond areas and gardens. There are a few sections with traditional children's playground equipment as well.
In the end, there is plenty of space to find a place for yourself at Sha Tin Park, making this a good location for green space and some peace and quiet in the Sha Tin area.Written 11 February 2020
- This university is the second oldest university in H.K,it’s a massive campus, the view is really good.The school is a natural placeWritten 18 January 2020
- This is a Christian Centre founded and built upon a ridge above Sha Tin between 1930 and 38 by Norwegian missionary Karl Ludvig Reichelt. The Eentre grounds are open to the public, allowing all to explore the unique Grade II historic buildings, seeing unique examples of Chinese architecture with western Christian elements.
The trail leading up to Tao Fung Shan start just outside the Sha Tin MTR Station and require a 20-25 minute uphill walk, partly along a paved path through mountainside forest and then up the To Fung Shan Road until you recent the Centre.
Within the Centre, visitors will find plenty of signage and basic history information explaining what you are looking at and when various building structures were constructed. There are courtyards with moon gate entrance, a delightful octagonal pavilion like 'Christ Temple'. Other highlights include a 12 metre tall cross facing the township of Sha Tin and a stone labyrinth and lotus pond.
Note: There are public toilets near the Entrance Archway as well as a small Art Shop and Information Centre in the building beside the Christ Temple.
Overall, the Tao Fung Shan Christian Centre is a peaceful location and an interesting historic place that you probably won't find in tourism information or tour guidebooks for Hong Kong. Thus, not likely a place many first time visitors to the city will make or have time to see. However, for expats or regular visitors wanting to check out new and different places, the Tao Fung Shan Christian Centre might be a place with making effort to visit.Written 22 September 2022
- Visited on a Sunday morning using public transport which was very straightforward and everyone we interacted with was very helpful. The scenery is nice but watching the monkeys is the main attraction. They do get very close to people so do a little research before visiting. We had a lovely morning!Written 18 April 2023
- While Hong Kong's R&D remains stagnant, the large science park is ironically more crowded during weekends and always attracts family visitors. It provides some interesting dining options as well as a small lake surrounded by ultramodern buildings. Unfortunately there is noting available for public education and public transport has been a chronic issue.Written 8 May 2022
- One of the enjoyable half day hikes through Ma On Shan Country Park include Buffalo Hill and Buffalo West Hill, which you can do as a loop trail from entry points into the country park near Tai Shui Hang or Shek Mun or as part of point-to-point routes through the country park. You've some options as there are a handful of ways to approach these two near twin peaks.
Buffalo Hill (606m) and West Buffalo Hill (611m) and just next to each other in the middle of a range through the country park. From atop both, hikers are afforded 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding park as well as numerous notably places around Hong Kong in the distance. You can easily make out Sai Kung, Ma On Shan, Sha Tin as well as Tolo Harbour and Tai Po.
The geography and plant life changes quite a bit as you climb the two hills. The country park is heavily forested with streams and stretches of thicker vegetation at the lower levels, as you ascend the tree lines, you enter more shrubby areas which then give way to grassy peaks where trees give way to hillsides with much exposure to the sun, wind and rain but also to completely unobstructed, remarkable views - when sky conditions are favourable. It is a challenging but good hike, plenty of nice vegetation to see and at the top, fantastic views.
Note: Like the vast majority of Hong Kong's longer distance trails, there are no facilities once you get into the country park along the trails. As such, bring sufficient water, snacks, sunscreen and hat and be mindful of weather conditions before setting off.
Note: You can use hiking trail apps like AllTrails or Hiking Trails HK to plot and plan the route you want to take across or through Ma On Shan Country Park to visit the Buffalo Hills.Written 15 December 2022
- A good afternoon shopping with lots of choices. Yet there top wagu is at top price but not top quality.Surprised.Written 29 December 2019