February 27, 2009
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong
We arrange a lot of very interesting tours in and around Hong Kong. One of our favorite excursions is to Sha Tin, one of the New Territories, to visit the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. The monastery is situated on a high hill and is accessible only by foot, so travelers need to be in relatively good shape for this excursion. For those who make the effort, the result is well worth it! As you climb the approximately 400 stairs to the main temple, you will pass by hundreds of Buddhas situated along both sides of the stairs, each with different facial features, expressions and attire. Once you reach the top, you are rewarded with an amazing view of temples and pagodas, wooded hills and the modern cityscape beyond—and many, many more Buddhas.
The monastery is located near the excellent Hong Kong Heritage Museum, considered by many to be the best museum in Hong Kong. It comprises a diverse range of exhibitions covering the culture, arts and history of Hong Kong and the New Territories. Warranting special attention are the Cantonese Opera Hall and the New Territories Culture exhibits.
Sha Tin is best done as a half-day tour with private guide and driver, as it’s quite a distance from Hong Kong’s center and difficult to navigate on one’s own. Our guides provide invaluable information so that travelers get the most out of their experience.