Top 5: Places to Visit in New Territories

Everyone comes to Hong Kong to see the typical tourist sights, and often times, the New Territories is ignored. With temples, mountainous country parks, hiking trails, and even villages, you might be surprised with what you find. Don't say no until you've given it a chance!

1st December 2016

Yes, you heard right, the 10,000 Buddha Monastary actually contain more than 10,000 Buddhas. More specifically, 12,800 Buddhas!!! All of them lining the walls of the main temple. Besides that, you also get to enjoy several smaller temples and a 9 storey pagoda. How cool is that? If your looking for a temple to explore, this is definitely the one to visit!

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery: Lots 358-359,IN D D 185, Sha Tin, 2691 1067

Located in the Northwest of New Territories, this ecological park features natural trails, bird watching spots, museums, and is the home to Pui Pui (Hong Kong only salt water crocodile)! With their very own board walk over the marshy zones and a bird watching towers, be sure to get your cameras ready as the sights are amazing!

Hong Kong Wetland Park: Wetland Park Rd, Tin Shui Wai, 3152 2666

 

 

 

 

Inaugurated in 1993 and being the first heritage trail in Hong Kong, the trail itself features a number of historical sights ie. the Tang Ancestral Hall, the first and the most powerful of the 'Five Clans', the Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda, Kun Ting Study Hall, a temple and  Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery inside an old police station built by the British as much to monitor the coastline as to keep an eye on the clan. That's a lot of history in just 1 trail! Be sure to pay it a visit!

Ping Shan Heritage Trail: Ping Shan Heritage Trail, Ping Shan, 9658 4744

Located besides Tin Hau Temple, lies a tree. It's no ordinary tree though. Go a little closer and you'll see this tree covered in bright red paper. Apparently, it's said that long ago, a man made a wish asking for his sons educational prosperity. The wish came true and ever since then, people go to this tree and write their wish on bright red paper hoping for it to come true!

Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree: Fong Ma Po Village, Lam Tsuen, 2638 3678

 

If your looking for a hike with a spectacular view, this is the one for you. Also kind of known as the hidden gem, Sai Kung Peninsula hike covers Stage 1 and part of Stage 2 of the MacLehose Trail, which is a 100 kilometer-long Country Parks hiking trail running through the New Territories. Hikers usually start from Pak Tam Chung, and then enjoy the views of volcanic columns in West Dam of High Island Reservoir and the hexagonal rock columns in East Dam.

Sai Kung Peninsula: Sai Kung