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33 Tao Fong Shan Road, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong Shatin China
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Dear travelers, WELCOME to Ascension House! If you are looking for a place to have a personal retreat, or just a place to rest while you explore Hong Kong, Ascension House is an ideal choice. Located in the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, Ascension House provides a simple yet beautiful environment which rests the soul. Built in the 1930's, in the style of a Chinese Buddhist monastery, for dialogue between Christians and Buddhists, Tao Fong Shan offers a tranquil space which is virtually unmatched in Hong Kong. Visitors may also attend the morning, midday and evening prayers of the Centre, which are a central part of the communal lifestyle here.Ascension House began to host backpackers in 1986. Traveling requires an adventurous spirit leaving one's comfort zone, and entering an unfamiliar place. It is not only a journey of the body, but also the soul and spirit. Ascension House is a place where travelers from different countries, and with different beliefs and philosophies, gather for rest, renewal and friendship. Tao Fong Shan (including Ascension House) is a non-profit organization.The managers of Ascension House are volunteers from Scandinavia. They live in Ascension House and are glad to share their home with you.What is near Ascension House?Ascension House is only a 15-minute walk from the Sha Tin railway station and bus terminus. You can find everything you need in the nearby shops, or in the busy markets of Mongkok. You can also explore the abundant natural resources of Hong Kong. Needle Hill and the MacLehose Trail are within an easy walk of the Centre, and the beautiful beaches of Sai Kung are only a short bus ride away. Hong Kong is full of interesting temples, pagodas and other religious venues. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Temple and the Che Kung Temple are only two that are very close by. The Ascension House volunteers would love to help you to explore Hong Kong!
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Georgie wrote a review May 2019
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Absolutely rate our stay at Ascension House! The place was so lovely and clean and we had everything we could possibly need! Our hosts were so kind and gracious and really made the effort to get to know us—many laughs were had! Thank you for providing such a welcoming home in such a tranquil place.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Michael R wrote a review Nov 2018
Toronto, Canada97 contributions63 helpful votes
A Christian based hostel on the hill overlooking Sha tin. Clean, tidy and quite, tucked into the hill. Quite rural for Hong Kong so you get a taste of bird life and the forest while enjoying the breeze. An extremely pleasant place to stay Be warned this is a hike up the hill from Sha tin MTR so not recommended if you have lots of luggage or a problem hiking. Typical of hostels everywhere you need to accept that bunk beds mean being woken up and selfish fellow travelers come in during the middle of the night and slam doors.
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Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
bruceallans wrote a review Jan 2018
nyc77 contributions56 helpful votes
clean, good value, quiet peaceful location but close to local city and hong kong in general. nice hosts, interesting guests, good wifi, nice kitchen to use, good shared bathroom. a bit of a walk from mtr/subway but truly worth it
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Date of stay: February 2017
Therese T wrote a review Sep 2015
Bodo, Norway4 contributions5 helpful votes
A 10-15 minutes walk from the Shatin MTR is so worth it! The view! The people you meet! The hammock in the garden! Here you'll make new friends. Here you'll find rest. This place is a really good place to stay when you are a backpacker in Hong Kong. It's also a good place to stay for a weekend if you live in Hong Kong and just need to get away from the busy city life. The new hosts, Therese and Simon, are Scandinavian volunteers. They'll help you with whatever you need:)
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
banob0 wrote a review Mar 2015
Greater London, United Kingdom4 contributions3 helpful votes
Stefan and Heidi quite simply made a good stay in Hong Kong great. We'd heard that the Christian centre was worth a look for its traditional Buddhist temple building, nestled in the hills of Sha Tin an otherwise built-up area in the New Territories, characterised by busy roads, flyovers and about half a dozen interconnected shopping plazas. Seeking a break from the heady throng of Kowloon, a bit of tranquil retreat was all we needed. We bumped into the S&H on the way back down To Fung Shan Road They said they'd be happy to put us up in the intriguingly-titled Ascension House. From outside the venue, one can imagine what the view would've looked like 30 years ago, but there was also something peaceful about seeing all those lights and structures from a safe height. This solitude extended to the simple but charming interior of the house, a good-sized social area for chatting and eating, attached to an excellent kitchen and a cosy upstairs 'prayer room'. The shower room and toilets were clean and there was a washing machine and tumble dryer out back of which we took advantage for a few dollars. The bedroom we got was a typical three-person hostel room, a bunk bed and a single bed with air conditioning and reading lights (towels and bed clothes as standard). The low price reflected the basic services on offer, but everyone knows the best qualities of any accommodation are the things you can't pay for: atmosphere and personality. The hosts Stefan and Heidi, a young couple from Denmark, had that in abundance and were great company. Elsewhere, we managed to find some lovely walks on the east side of the hill where monkeys clambered in the trees overhead and turtles sunned themselves on rocks in the streams. In the Sha Tin hills, we felt we had discovered a secret beyond what most tourists go there for - the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery - and Ascension House was our home for that discovery.
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Date of stay: February 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
ChinaHong KongSha Tin / New Territories
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ascension House
Which popular attractions are close to Ascension House?
Nearby attractions include Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) (0.5 km), Hong Kong Heritage Museum (1.0 km), and New Town Plaza (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ascension House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, kids activities, and a concierge.
Which room amenities are available at Ascension House?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What are some restaurants close to Ascension House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Din Tai Fung Sha Tin, IKEA Restaurant & Cafe, and Brick Lane Deli.
Are there any historical sites close to Ascension House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple (4.8 km), Che Kung Temple (1.2 km), and Tai Po Man Mo Temple (7.3 km).