Hong Kong Heritage Museum - History of Cantonese Opera

This museum is a place for history, art and cultural exhibition.
There are six different halls inside the museum where visitors can learn the evolution story of Hong Kong history, the Cantonese opera history and the Chinese art.

Especially the Cantonese opera heritage hall, it is worth a visit.
In the exhibition hall, the exhibits demonstrate the process of setting up the the stages and theaters, and also provides information about costumes, characters and make up.


The Hong Kong Jockey Club Sha Tin Racecourse - Daytime Horse Racing

Horse racing as a sport in Hong Kong has evolved over the years.
In modern day, horse racing standards in Hong Kong are regarded as equivalent to the world-class standards.

There are two different racecourses in Hong Kong.
One of them is situated in Sha Tin.


Penfold Park - Pet-Friendly Park

Completed in 1978, this park is one of the major habitats for wild egrets in Hong Kong.
Especially from March to August, this period is the breeding season of egrets.
During this period, more than hundreds of wild egrets will habitat and breed in this park.

In 2009, this Park was ranked the 4th Best Park in Hong Kong.
Its clean environment and the greenly lawn attract a large number of visitors to go here each year.
This park is also a pet-friendly park, providing some leisure facilities for both pet-lovers and their pets.


Snoopy's World - Cartoon Playground

Opened in 2000, this themed playground is the first one of its kind to open in Asia.
In this playground, there are six amusement zones.

Each of the amusement zones is special and interesting, and has many different life-size cartoon characters waiting for visitors to take photo with them.
This playground is not only a favorite playing area for children, but also it is an ideal place to take a break after shopping in nearby shopping mall.


Tsang Tai Uk - Well Preserved Big House

This village is one of the biggest and the best preserved ancient villages in Hong Kong.
Being a family stronghold, this village is surrounded by the fortified walls.
Besides, defensive towers were built at the four corners to enhance the protection of the village.

This village consists of three rows of village houses arranged to form a rectangle.
Each village house is interlinked by passages with each other.


Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery - Ubiquitous Buddha Statues

Built in about 1950s, this monastery is an impressive monastery, which is composed of one main hall, a nine-storey pagoda, and several shrines and pavilions.
It is located in a bamboo forest on hillside and can only be reached by a steep paved path.

The paved path is flanked on both sides with dozens of golden Buddha statues.
Each of the Buddha statues is different and each of their poses depicts the different aspects of daily life.
At the end of the path, there is the forecourt and the main hall, where visitors will see many large and colorful statues of Buddhist deities and animals.


Tsing Yi Promenade - Excellent Location for Viewing the Harbour

Completed in 2004, this promenade offers a number of facilities for fitness and community gatherings.
It is also a popular place within this district, especially for local residents, for doing exercises or other recreational activities.

This promenade is about 1.1 miles long and covers an area of about 6.5 hectares.
Another feature of it is its 2-storey pavilion.
This pavilion not only is a great lookout point to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the nearby harbour, but also it is a good place for relax.


Tsing Yi Park - Beautiful Autumn Leaves

This place occupies an area of about 7 hectares.
It was once a hillock scattered with cemeteries.
In about 1990s, due to urban development, this place was transformed into a public park.

This park is designed in the European style with many different recreational facilities, such as mini soccer courts, basketball courts and children's playgrounds.
As for the scenic landscapes, such as walking trails, lakes, waterfalls, cherry trees and maple trees, they can also be found in this park.


Tsing Yi Northeast Park - Cycling with Children

This park is built along the northern coast of an island.
It overlooks the beautiful views along the seashore.

This park is about 6 hectares in size and it is well equipped with many recreational facilities.
These recreational facilities are designed for people of different age groups.


Tin Hau Temple (Tsing Yi) - White To Red

In Hong Kong, a number of temples of this type can be found in different district, but each of them has different background and different history.
This one is one of the most famous temples within this district.
In each year, it attracts many visitors, local residents or worshippers coming here to pray for blessings.

According to local folklore, during the Second World War, the deity of this temple showed its supernatural power to protect the local residents here away from bombing.
After the war, in order to thank the deity, local residents come together to hold some celebrations, such as the lion dances and Cantonese opera performances, in every birthday festival of this deity (1st day to 5th day of the 4th lunar month).


Tsui Shing Lau Pagoda - Ancient Pagoda

This historic building was intended as a feng shui building.
Its design is to ward off evil spirits and to prevent flooding.
According to literature records, this building was built more than six hundred years ago.
It was originally situated at the mouth of a river.

The building is a hexagonal shaped three-storey building.
It is about 13 meters high.
Auspicious titles are inscribed on each floor.
Also, on the top floor, it houses a statue of Fui Shing, also known as "Champion Star".
It is said that Fui Shing can control the success and failure in examinations.


Chun Kwan Temple - Less Famous But Very Popular

This temple was originally built about 100 years ago.
Its original location was located near a waterfront.
Due to urban development, in about 1980s, it was relocated to the present location.

According to an ancient legend, the deity of this temple was only a commoner in the Southern Song Dynasty.
He aided the local government at that time in fighting pirates along the coast of Guangdong.
After his death, in order to commemorate his heroic act, the reigning emperor awarded him the posthumous title of "Chun Kwan".


Ching Tak Tong Tat Mor Cho Sze Temple - Founder of Buddhism

This temple is one of the temples, which can illustrate the Chinese ethnic diversity, in Hong Kong.
One of the Chinese populations of Hong Kong is made up of the Hoklo people.
The Hoklo people are came from Fujian Province that is located in South China.
In about 1950s, some of the local Hoklo people build this temple for the worship of Buddhism.

This temple is called "Ching Tak Tong Tat Mor Cho Sze Temple".
It is mainly used to dedicate to a deity, called "Bodhidharma".
This deity is regarded as the founder of Buddhism in China.


Lido Beach - Beach of Volleyball

This beach is one of the most popular beach volleyball playgrounds in Hong Kong.
Usually on weekends, the beach is crowded with visitors playing beach volleyball.

A wide range of facilities are also provided on this beach, including showers, washrooms, changing rooms and beach volleyball courts.
However, the water quality here is not great, but it is clean enough for a quick dip.


Chuk Lam Sim Yuen - Dream of an Elderly Monk

According to local folklore, the origin of this monastery is come from a mysterious dream of an elderly monk.
It is said that, in the dream, the elderly monk was told by the God of Earth To Tei Kung to build a monastery on this auspicious land.
Hence, the elderly monk and the worshippers began to build this monastery in 1927 and after about 50 years, the construction of the entire monastery had been completed.

This monastery is surrounded by beautiful bamboo trees and it is filled with the characteristics of traditional Chinese architecture.
It is not as crowded as other temples within the city.
The tranquil atmosphere and the surrounding lush environment make it as a perfect place for meditation.


Tung Po Tor Monastery - Golden Robe

Founded in 1932, this monastery is one of the earliest monasteries within this district.
Strolling around the monastery, visitors will see three gigantic historical relics, including a gigantic millennium Buddha statue, an ancient Chinese cauldron, also known as "Ding", and a huge wok.
Especially the ancient Chinese cauldron, it is one of the few Buddhist ritual relics in Hong Kong.

Besides, in this monastery, there are many halls.
Each hall is dedicated to different deities and some of them are served as guest rooms, libraries or dormitories for monks.


Heung Hoi Che Hong - Temple on a Boat

Located in the foothills of this mountain, there is a special temple.
The exterior appearance of this temple is just like a boat and it is also the only one of this kind in Hong Kong.

This temple was established in 1960 and its construction was made reference to the fishing vessels sailing in the South China Sea.
Besides, as it is located next to a stream, it gives us an impression that it is sailing.
So, this temple is also known as the "boat temple".


Western Monastery - Western Name But Chinese Culture

This monastery occupies an area of about 1.3 hectares.
Its construction was first begun in 1964.
After about 30 years of development, this monastery has become one of the most renowned monasteries in Hong Kong.

In this monastery, there are some main halls, bell towers and pagodas.
Most of the decorations emit a traditional Chinese atmosphere.
Especially the nine-story pagoda, its construction was made reference to the pagoda in Taiwan and Guangzhou.
Besides, along the back walls of the monastery, there are also some religious sculptures and wall paintings.


Yuen Yuen Institute - One of the Largest Religious Libraries in Hong Kong

Founded in 1950, this place is one of the famous religious institutes in Hong Kong.
It occupies an area of several tens of hectares and features different temples, ponds, pavilions and halls for various purposes.
Its rich collection of religious book also makes it as one of the largest religious libraries in Hong Kong.

Apart from being an religious institute, this place is also one of the famous monasteries in Hong Kong.
The monastery dedicated to three major Chinese religions, namely, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism.
Other popular deities, such as Guan Yin and Ji Gong, can also be found in the temple.


Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach - Beach for Wedding Photography

This beach is one of the popular and less crowded beaches in Hong Kong.
It is known for its long stretch of white sand, emerald waters and stunning views of surrounding areas.

The beach itself is well equipped with lifeguards, washrooms, changing rooms and shark prevention nets.
As the water quality is very good, it is perfect for swimming.
Besides, because of the magnificent views of nearby scenery, the beach is also a popular venue for taking wedding photos and tourist snapshots.


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