Tsing Shan Monastery - An important Buddhist pilgrimage site. A temple with a thousand years of history.

There are many temples in Hong Kong, some with a long history and some with interesting stories. As for the temple that HongKongFootprint.com will visit this time, It is heard that it is one of the three ancient temples in Hong Kong, and there is an interesting temple building story behind it.
"Tsing Shan Monastery" is located in Tuen Mun, New Territories, also known as "Tsing Shan Temple". According to legend, during the Northern and Southern Dynasties, Tuen Mun was the place where troops were stationed. One day, an Indian Buddhist monk who liked to sit on a big wooden cup and traveled around the world passed by here. It just so happened that there were no monks in the military camp who could conduct religious ceremonies. So the monk stayed behind and lived in seclusion in a cave in the mountain not far from the military camp, which is today's "Tsing Shan Monastery".

Legend has it that this monk had divine power and was able to ride a big wooden cup across the sea, so he was called "Pui To Zen Master" by believers. The monk returned to India in his later years and die. After the monks left, the cave where he once lived continued to be visited by believers and became an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. As for the cave we can see today in the "Tsing Shan Monastery", it is also the place where the monk originally lived.

"Tsing Shan Monastery" was built on the foothills of Castle Peak, and the mountain gate archway can be seen on the way to the temple. That is the official entrance to the temple, and its importance is generally reflected in the decoration and inscriptions. The four Chinese words "Fragrant Sea and Famous Mountains" are inscribed on the archway of the mountain gate to praise the beauty of the Castle Peak. In addition, walking through the mountain gate archway also has another meaning, that is, it symbolizes the meaning of entering a pure state.

"Tsing Shan Monastery" not only has a long history, but also has a very simple and solemn atmosphere. In addition to the many Buddhist halls in the temple, the surrounding environment is also quite beautiful. Coupled with the lush trees on the mountain and the beautiful scenery, it is definitely a good place to relax.

If you also want to visit here, it is recommended to take the MTR to Siu Hong Station and leave at Exit B2. Afterwards, transfer to MTR Light Rail No. 610 or No. 615 at Siu Hong Station and get off at Tsing Wun Station. After getting off the MTR Light Rail, walk along Tsing Wun Road to Hing Choi Street, then walk along Hing Choi Street to Yeung Tsing Road, you will see a sign indicating the direction to Tsing Shan Monastery.

Afterwards, follow the trail indicated by the sign to go uphill. After walking for about 30 minutes, you can come to Tsing Shan Monastery.

Location: Tsing Shan Monastery
Address: Tsing Shan Monastery Path, Tuen Mun, New Territories

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