New Territories, Hong Kong
During the winter months, the wetland is home to over 50,000 migratory water birds, including some 20% of the world’s population of the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill. The area is also home to such other wildlife as otters, leopard cats, butterflies, and dragonflies.
Visitors can visit Mai Po on their own any day of the week including public holidays but must call in advance to get a HK$100 one-day visitor pass.
There are a limited number of daily passes and they are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. The pass allows visitors to walk around Mai Po on their own, including restricted areas. Mai Po can also provide visitors with a map of suggested walking areas.
To get to Mai Po, take the MTR to Nam Chong, change to the West Rail to Kam Tin, then take a taxi to Mai Po.
The Miu Fat Monastery was built in 1950. It features a Main Worship Hall housing three gold-plated statues of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Inside are thousands of Buddhist images and paintings.
It is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. They also serve vegetarian meals.
Take the Light Rail Transit (LRT) at the Tuen Mun Ferry Pier and alight at the Lam Tei stop. It's about a five-minute walk from there.
Tai Mo Shan Country Park is one of the most popular places for barbecues in the territory for Hong Kong people.
The park also includes Hong Kong's highest mountain called Tai Mo Shan Know locally as Big Hat or Big Mist Mountain.
Take the number 51 bus from Tsuen Wan MTR station.
This temple is not to be confused with the one on HK Island. This one located in the New Territories.
Located on Fu Shin Street, the temple was built nearly a century ago by the Tsat Yeuk Community of Tai Po to mark the founding of Tai Wo Shi (Tai Wo Market). The temple serves as a major centre of worship for the Tai Po area.
KCR East Rail to Tai Wo station. Walk about 10 minutes through Tai Wo Estate, towards Tai Po Market station. Then cross Tai Wo bridge, turn on to Yan Hing Street, then walk along Fu Shin Street.
Hoi Pa Village was originally a Hakka settlement. The site, together with the adjacent area, has now been developed into a park.
MTR to Tsuen Wan station. Follow the pedestrian bridge, then walk along Shiu Wo Street and Tsuen Wan Market Street to reach the park (about 20 minutes).
It is a rare treat to find so many ancient buildings still standing in the Yuen Long district. the best of these relics have been connected by the Ping Shan Heritage Trail.
The Trail is about 1km long and meanders through the erstwhile villages of Hang Mei Tsuen, Hang Tau Tsuen and Sheung Cheung Wai.
One of the first sights is Hong Kong's only historic pagoda, the Tsui Shing Lau, which was built about 1486 by Tang Ying-tung, a seventh-generation member of the Tang Clan. Originally there were seven storeys but a severe storm some centuries ago badly damaged the upper floors and today only the lowest three remain. The building is hexagonal, and constructed of green brick and granite.
Take Bus No 68X from Jordan Road Ferry Pier or Bus No 68M from the Tsuen Wan MTR Station to Yuen Long, then change to the Light Rail Train and alight at Ping Shan Station. Or take Bus No 69M from Kwai Fong MTR Station to Tin Shui Wai, alight at Tin Yiu Estate and walk along Tin Fuk Road (about five minutes).
The Institute was founded in 1950 and occupies 10 acres in the tranquil, beautiful environment of Sam Dip Tam. One of its many attractions includes a replica of Beijing's magnificent Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan). The Hall of Rocks Collection features rocks with interesting natural shapes, including those of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
Take the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) to the Tsuen Wan Station; take the exit to Shiu Wo Street and catch Green Minibus No. 81 to the Yuen Yuen Institute.
Here you can spend an hour walking through orchards and rows of cultivated blooms, and receive a charmingly conducted lecture tour of the apiary to see how their honey is made. It will be an hour well spent.
The FanLing Apiary is located near Fung Ying Seen Koon at No.8, Butterfly Mountain Road, FanLing.
Getting there :
Take the KCR train and alight at the FanLing Station.
Ma On Shan is a great place to go hiking. There are some great views once you get up there. One of the trails is over seven mountains. There is a legend about the seven mountains being brothers who were immortalized as mountains. You do require a fair level of fitness to go up and down the hills. Also make sure you take plenty of water and food along as there is nothing up there unless you make your way back down.
Having quite an adventurous father is an advantage for a child. He decided that we needed to explore the New Territories one day so off we went, out of the city by bus, train, boat and into the jungley wilds where we came across friendly boat people, rice fields, 30 foot tall bamboo, and we found a preying mantis! Fabulously exciting stuff!! :))
This heritage trail consists of walled villages or 'wai', shirnes and temples and takes place in quiet quarters behind Fanling. The name Lung Yeuk Tau comes from the mountain range Lung Yeuk Ling or Mountain of Leaping Dragon.
Wall villages were established by Tang clan, and Tangs of Lung Yeuk Tau were one of the highest ranking in New Territories. They were of royal descent. The princess of Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) took refuge in the south and got married to Tang Wai-Kap of Kam Tin. Their oldest son moved later to Fanling area., Lung Yeuk Tau. Here clan prospered and 5 'wais' were established and are still in the place in more or less preserved condition. Add to that six 'tsuen' or villages – with no wall. Wai is of particular interest here as well as very good shape of Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall and little Tin Hau Temple. These five wais are: Lo Wai, Ma Wat Wai, Wing Ning Wai, Tung Kok Wai and San Wai. Please keep in mind that these wais are residental area not a museum and that you may not be allowed to enter certain villages. If you do take a look be discrete. Also not all wais are in good condition and you may also see that of some the only thing that is left is - their wall.
The clans of the area still practice village traditions and rituals and many traditional Chinese buildings still preserve their historic design.
This heritage trail can be done DIY, there are signs on the buildings with short descriptions but you can as well get brochure with more details – from tourism office and Antiquities and Monuments Office.
Take MTR East rail line to Lo Wu direction and exit at Fanling. It takes some 25 minutes walking through town to get on the track. These are signs but some map will help you with orientation. You can also take local bus from here. Bus 54 K takes you from MTR Station – Lung Yeuk Tao by circular route. Bus 56 K rides to Luk Keng.
Sai Kung is a great getaway place that is actually not too far from the concrete jungle. It is about a 20-minute bus ride from the MTR Kwun Tong line. The scenery changes quickly to low rises and lots of greens once the bus entered the highway.
Head off to the shore as that is where the action is. You will find lots of fishermen selling their seafood from their boats. You can buy your goodies here and have them cooked your way at a nearby restaurant. I am not sure if the vendors there can speak English though. If they don't, you can still find whatever you like from the fish tanks at the restaurants. You will find all sorts of fresh seafood. You can sit indoor or at the outdoor right by the waterfront walkway.
It is interesting to see the expensive yachts alongside with traditional fishing boats in the harbour.
There are also various islands that you can go to by ferry. We took a side trip to the island of Kiu Jui. The water is very clear and it has a small white sand/stone beach.
There are various bus and mini-bus routes to get there, depending on where you are coming from. Check with the official HK tourism page (below) for the latest info.
This market has been called the Tai Po 'new market' because it was moved from the old market site (or Old Tai Po market which farmers got tired of since they had to pay large rents to Tang clan for centuries, although it's not far from its site) in 1892. It takes place on Fu Shin, Yan Hing and Tsing Yuen streets in short distance one from eachother on rather small area (it is much smaller than Mong Kok markets altogether – and less 'touristy' as well).
It is frequented by locals from nearby districts. You can buy fresh fruit, cakes and sweets, meat, fish, snacks, snakes, clothes, fresh vegetables… all that it is being sold here and it comes with traditionally loud and busy atmosphere. Good bargain skills are needed to get okay price, if you want to buy anything.
Take a look to quiet Man Mo temple at Fu Shin road.
Take East rail line (blue) to Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau direction. Exit at Tai Po Market or Tai Wo station. There are signs for the place, so it won't be too difficult to find it.
If you exit at Tai Wo station it is actually shorter walk than from Tai Po Market and you will see it after you have crossed Lam Tsuen river (looks like the straightened canal nowsadays).
On the vibrant Fu Shin street, a little on the side you can see small temple building – Man Mo temple. A diffrent world there, atmosphere filled by haze and quiet, yet so close … only a few steps from the market.
It was built in 1891 by Tsat Yeuk villagers and used to be centre of varios (cultural, economic, worship) activities of Tai Wo Shi (Tai Po Market nowsadays). The temple is dedicated to the God of Literature or Man, and the God of War – Mo.
It was first used as the office for Tsat Yeuk Rural Committee; among other services they provided arbitration service to villagers, to symbolize the spirit of fair trade. Temple achieved special status in Hong kong, being important place for local and oversea worshiper.
It is declared historical monument in 1984, in 1985 followed complete rebuilt and kept traditional style.
Take East rail line (blue) to Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau direction. Exit at Tai Po Market or Tai Wo station. Follow the signs for the market.
If you exit at Tai Wo station it is actually shorter walk than from Tai Po Market station and you'll see Fu Shin street accross canal. The temple is somehow in the middle - there are signs.
This is the highest peak in Hong Kong measuring 975 metres and twice the height of Victoria Peak. On a clear day you will get some great views. Unfortunately the day I went up, there was low cloud so the view wasn't that great.
There are lots of hiking trails around the mountain.
Location : New Territories