A few days before I emplaned for that recent quick break to HK and Macau, I got reacquainted with the map of Hong Kong which proved my thinking wrong and confirmed that I indeed have not seen all of Hong Kong yet and there’s a lot more to see and explore. So I plotted a 3-day itinerary to the New Territories, including a day trip to Cheung Chau Island, visiting the walled Hakka Village in Shui Tau Tsuen and Kat Hing Wai and a tour around Sha Tin area. Unfortunately, was only able to do a half-day tour around Sha Tin. Thanks to the 15 degree weather which aided much to my oversleeping. hahaha.
The Sha Tin tour took about 5 hours to complete covering three destinations – one (or all three) might be enticing enough to be added on your Hong Kong itinerary. 😉
The Sha Tin tour commenced after lunch with Ten Thousand Buddha Temple as the first stop. Arhan statues are lined up along each side of the stairway ascending to the temple. Some buddhas poised, some outrageous (Remember this is a temple, so try your best not to giggle. eeeek.). It’ll take about 430 steps to reach the temple so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Location of Ten Thousand Buddha Temple: 220 Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin.
How to get to Ten Thousand Buddha Temple: Take the MTR East Rail to Sha Tin Station. From station exit B take the ramp alongside the bus terminus, down to street level and past Pai Tau Village on the left. Continue walking forward a short distance to the junction with Pai Tau Street on the left (look for Grand Central Plaza mall and the IKEA store across).
Operating Hours: Temple open daily from 9:00am to 5-30pm. Admission is Free!
Next stop – Hong Kong Heritage Museum. My favorite part was the exhibit full of Bruce Lee installations – which includes his biography, visual snippets of his iconic moves from movies and a collection of Bruce Lee action figures. The display called Bruce Lee: Kung Fu | Art | Life is in commemoration of Bruce Lee’s 75th birthday and will be up until the 20th of July 2018.
Also, currently on display were traditional Chinese children’s clothing for the “Wearable Blessings” exhibit.
Come visit the New Territories Heritage Hall and take a glimpse at over 300 artefacts from the New Territories. The gallery consists of a series of time tunnels that lead you through over 6,000 years of New Territories history, featuring a number of reconstructed scenes and multimedia programmes, the time tunnels trace the natural environment and the social changes that have taken place in the area and look forward to infrastructure projects and developments that are scheduled for the future.
Other permanent exhibit includes the orientation theater, Children’s Discovery Gallery, Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, Tsim Sha Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art and Chao Saho-an Gallery.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum Location: 1 Mam Lam Road, Sha Tin Hong Kong
How to get to Hong Kong Heritage Museum: Alight at Che Kung Temple Station (Exit A) and take a 5-minute walk to the Museum.
Operating Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM | Saturday, Sunday &Public Holidays 10:00AM – 7:00PM | Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and first two days of the Chinese New Year
Last stop, Che Kung Temple. This temple is dedicated to Che Kung who was a general during the Southern Song Dynasty in ancient China. A large number of worshippers gather here for Che Kung festival which happens on the second day of the Chinese New Year.
Che Kung Temple Address: 7 Che Kung Miu Rd, Tai Wai Sha Tin, Hong Kong
How to get to Che Kung Temple: From Che Kung Station, take exit B and follow the signs. It’ll take around 10 minutes to arrive at the temple from the station by foot.
Short of time, that ended my adventure at the New Territories. But hey, Hong Kong’s just a 3-hour flight away. Will be back for sure to explore more of the New Territories.
Have you been to any destinations in the New Territories? How was your experience? Do you have any destination recommendations in the New Territories? Drop your comments and suggestions below! ^_^