Tuen Mun District
Tsing Chuen Wai
Tsing Chuen Wai is situated in the northern part of Tuen Mun near Lam Tei.
Tsing Chuen Wai used to be known as Mak Yuen Wai (i.e. Wheat Field Walled Village). Its present name came from the fact that the village was surrounded by its protective walls made of green bricks. Tsing Chuen Wai is mainly populated by the To Clan. The Tin Hau Temple and the Ancestral Hall in the village are of great historical value. The only surviving portion of the original green-brick boundary wall at the main entrance of the Wai gives visitors an insight into the walled village's precious outlook , which makes an interesting contrast with the newly constructed archway.
Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery
Based on the principle of practising mercy, Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery, Lam Tei, Tuen Mun, has been actively organizing activities to promote Buddhism as well as education, culture, charity and welfare for years.
The Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery was first constructed in 1950. Over the following two decades came the construction of the 3-storey Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall at a cost of $60 million. It took six years to complete, with its consecration ceremony held in May 1980. The Mahavira Hall, located on the top storey, has a floor height of about 20 metres. In the middle of the Hall, there are three gold-plated statues of the Buddha Sakyamuni, each of them is about 5-metre tall. Its interior walls are adorned with over 10 thousands of Buddha reliefs and a number of murals featuring a blend of Sino-Thai cultures, which are so magnificent and eye-catching. Higher up in the Hall are the Library of Buddhist Scriptures and the Attic of the Jade Buddha. On each side of the main entrance of the Hall is a 20-metre column carved with a dazzling lifelike giant gold-scaled dragon, making the building prominently imposing. The Monastery also has a kitchen serving mouthwatering vegetarian food for visitors.
Adjoining the existing Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda, the 45-metre high and 7-storey main complex of Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery has been built since 1999. It comprises a Buddhist shrine, a community hall, a library and cultural/welfare facilities. The complex is meticulously designed with Lotus Shrine on the top floor resembling a gigantic crystal lotus blossom viewed from afar. The construction of this electricity-saving and trendy Shrine was completed in mid-March in 2010. The lookout of the Shrine overlooks the landscape of Tuen Mun rural area.
Lingnan University, previously situated at Stubbs Road on Hong Kong Island, moved to its present campus site at Fu Tei in 1995. It is the only tertiary institution in Hong Kong which offers curricula purely on humanity studies.
While the architecture of the campus at Fu Tei is modelled on the original in Guangzhou, it has also incorporated novelties with black, white and grey schemes forming its unique colour spectrum. The grandeur and solemnity of the campus building never fail to impress people with the qualities of perseverance and determination.
Ching Leung Nunnery
Situated at Fu Tei, Ching Leung Nunnery was built more than a hundred years ago during the reign of Guang Xu of the Qing Dynasty. Lying in its serenity, the Nunnery was initially known as the Garden of Sweet-scented Osmanthus because this species was seen almost everywhere in the area. It was later renamed Ching Leung Nunnery. The Nunnery is famous for its quality vegetarian food. Coupled also with a tearoom, it is a must-go for gourmet visitors to savour vegetarian meals and Chinese tea.
Besides the pavilions and ponds commonly found in most Buddhist retreats and monasteries, there is also a rubbing of the Sixteen Arhats hanging in the worship hall. It is a rubbing of the stone carving that Emperor Qian Long of the Qing Dynasty found himself enjoying during his visit to the Sheng Yin Temple in Hangzhou and is considered a treasure of art of enormous value of appreciation.
Ching Chung Koon
Ching Chung Koon is situated in Kei Lun Wai, just next to the Tuen Mun Hospital.
Ching Chung, which means Evergreen Pine in Chinese, is a traditional symbol of longevity and perseverance. As its name suggests, the Koon is all in a secluded and tranquil atmosphere.
Since the completion of the Hall of Pure Brightness in 1961 as the first building, the Qing Hua Hall, the Yi Hua Temple, the Xu Ri Pavilion and the Zhong Miao Zhi Men Archway were erected one after another. They were followed by courtyards and gardens, flowers and trees, ponds and pavilions, murals of gods and goddesses, delightful paintings and calligraphies and admonitory couplets and articles all over the Koon. The shades of trees, the singing of birds and the fragrance of flowers make it an ideal environment for visitors to appreciate the virtues of Chinese culture and in particular the Taoist teachings which promote a life to contribute to the community and encourage personal soul-searching. The Koon also has food refreshment dedicated to serving delicious vegetarian food for visitors.
Between March and May every year, the Koon puts up an annual bonsai show of the largest scale in Hong Kong, displaying a wide variety of valuable classical Chinese potted plants with free admission. The bonsai show will last for about 1 week.
The Emperor's Cave
The Emperor's Cave is situated at Lung Kwun Tan Village.
Legend has it that since Emperor Gong was captured by the invading Mongolians at the end of the Southern Song Dynasty, Emperor Bing had to take refuge long way down the south as far as in Hong Kong, leaving a number of relics in the territory related to his stay here. The Emperor's Cave at Lung Kwu Tan in Tuen Mun is said to be where Emperor Bing had once resided, and hence the name.
The Emperor's Cave is a scenic spot by nature, definitely well worth visiting. During the Japanese occupation period, the Dong Jiang guerrilla force made it one of its military bases to put up resistance against the Japanese. This added much historical significance to the heritage of the Royal Song Family.
Lung Kwu Tan
Lung Kwu Tan Village has a history of a few hundred years. It is located at the southwest of Castle Peak and consists of Lung Kwu Tan and Lung Kwu Sheung Tan.
It is said that Emperor Bing of the Southern Song Dynasty went down the south as far as to Lung Kwu Tan when he fled from the invading Mongolians. There is a cave at Lung Kwu Tan later known as the Emperor's Cave, which is presumably where Emperor Bing took refuge during his stay. Other famous spots include the Tin Hau Temple and the Bogy's Rock.
While Lung Kwu Tan is place of primitive simplicity, the opening of privately run barbecue sites have always drawn crowds of holiday-makers.
Tsing Shan Monastery
The Tsing Shan Monastery nestles at the foot of Castle Peak. There are the Pui To Cave, Tsing Wan Koon and Tsing Shan Temple. These historical monuments, characterised by their simplicity and solemnity, have stood through the ages on the wooded hill in the secluded and scenic surroundings. Upon entering the Monastery, visitors will see the Chinese characters "香海名山" (Fragrant Sea and Prestigious Hill) engraved on the archway. It is an inscription by the then Governor Sir Cecil Clementi. On the other side of the archway are the characters "回頭是岸" (Turn Back and There is the Shore, meaning Repentance is Salvation), an inscription by Master Tit Xim. Both the surroundings and the inscriptions naturally inspire nostalgic thoughts of the Monastery's unique past. Originating from Shiwan, the ridge tile of the archway is an exquisite art.
Legend has it that an accomplished Indian Buddhist monk who liked roaming around in a big wooden cup eventually came to Castle Peak. Attracted by the favourable environment for spiritual nurturing, he built a cottage there for practicing his religion. Since then, the name of Master Pui To (meaning Traveling in a Cup) has become widely known. In memory of him, his followers made an altar out of a flat rock inside the Cave, and behind the altar a statue of him. However, other legends say the Pui To Cave was built in the Jin Dynasty and redeveloped in the Song Dynasty. Subsequent maintenance from time to time managed to preserve the relic to this day.
Adjacent to the Mahavira Hall is Ching Wan Koon, which is dedicated to Dou Lao, a goddess who is believed to be able to free people from their worries.
Tsing Shan Temple is the leading one among the three major ancient temples in Hong Kong. There is the Mahavira Hall in the Temple. Up on the stone steps leading to the Hall are inscripted "一切有情、同登覺地" (Let All Sentiment Beings Reach Nirvana Together), which speaks of the appealing Buddhist way of ultimate rest.
Tuen Mun Golf Centre
The Tuen Mun Golf Centre, located at Lung Mun Road, is the first public golf driving range in Hong Kong. Opened in 1995, the centre occupies an area of 48,500 square metres.
The main facilities of the Golf Centre include a 2-storey driving range with 91 bays, practice greens and bunker facilities. Besides, the Centre also offers golf training courses at different levels and related programmes each month.
Hung Lau is located in Chung Shan Park at Lung Mun Road and adjacent to Castle Peak Farm.
Hung Lau faces southeast with Pui To Peak at its back, overlooking the sea off Tuen Mun and facing Lantau Island further across it. The area near the present Butterfly Estate was uninhabited in the late Qing Dynasty and was accessible by water transport only. Legends leave it that Hung Lau became a base for the revolutionaries of the Revive China Society. It was said that secret meetings convened by Dr. Sun Yat-sen and other revolutionaries for planning the Huang Hua-Gang Uprising and the Huizhou Uprising took place at Hung Lau. It was also where they took oath and got their ammunition and food supplies. Thus, Hung Lau has been of great significance to the Nationalist Revolution. A monument to Dr. Sun, a bust of him, a reproduction of his will and a gomuti palm tree planted by the revolutionary martyrs can also be found in Chung Shan Park.
Tuen Mun Public Riding School
Managed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Tuen Mun Public Riding School, which is located at Lung Mun Road, is the largest public riding facility in Hong Kong. It occupies an area of 34 800 square metres and was commissioned in 1994.
Facilities in the school include an office, lecture rooms, a horse paddock and two pony paddocks, a stable which can accommodate 78 horses and ponies, changing rooms and a carpark. There is also a hacking trail, which is approximately 950 metres in length, meandering along the mountain side that allows riders to enjoy riding in the wild.
The School provides a wide variety of activities, such as group training classes, horse hiring, taking a horse at livery, visits, riding competitions, etc. to promote the equestrian sport.
Opening hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays.
Closed on Mondays.
Hau Kok Tin Hau Temple / Tin Hau Temple Plaza
Located in Tuen Mun Kau Hui, the Hau Kok Tin Hau Temple was originally known as “口角天后廟” in Chinese as the mound where it stood at was situated at the tip of the port. It was built more than 600 years ago and is one of the oldest Tin Hau temples in Hong Kong.
The Tin Hau Temple Plaza (“the Plaza”) was reopened in November 2013 after the completion of the beautification works. As a comfortable and large public open space for the enjoyment of Tuen Mun residents, the refurbished Plaza also serves as a prime venue for large-scale recreational and cultural activities such as the annual Tin Hau Festival Parade cum Fa Pau Lots Drawing Ceremony, Chinese New Year Fair and “Poon Choi” Feast.
The display of three full-size mock-ups of Fa Pau, panels, images and photographs at the Fa Pau Exhibition Hall (which is part of the Plaza) also provides visitors with valuable information on the Hau Kok Tin Hau Temple, Tin Hau Festival and related folk customs (e.g. Fa Pau Competition) as well as the characteristics of Fa Paus.
Tuen Mun Town Centre
Tuen Mun Town Centre is the focal point of the district, where there are all kinds of cultural and entertainment facilities, including Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Tuen Mun Cultural Square, Tuen Mun Town Hall, Tuen Mun Public Library and Tuen Mun Park.
Tuen Mun Town Plaza comprises a major department store and a wide variety of retail outlets, making a good shopping place for both local customers and tourists.
Tuen Mun Cultural Square is a multi-purpose outdoor venue for entertainment and cultural events. It is a popular location for government departments and community organizations to stage activities such as the Spring Lantern Carnival, booth games, photography exhibitions and pop concerts.
Tuen Mun Town Hall is another favourite venue for entertainment and cultural activities such as seminars, film shows, dramas, orchestra concerts and choral music performances. The Tuen Mun Public Library adjacent to it provides a full range of books, newspapers, magazines and audio-visual items for loan.
Tuen Mun Park is a leisure park, in which there is a designated pool for model boats playing. Model boat lovers can have fun while enjoying the beautiful scene around. There is also a playground where children can have a great time of fun. Parents and children can visit the Reptile House together. Do take a good walk around Tuen Mun Park at leisure.
Sam Shing Temple and Sam Shing Hui
Sam Shing Temple is situated in Ki Lun Kong, Sam Shing Estate.
The Temple is so named because it is dedicated to the "three religions" and their sages, namely Confucius of Confucianism, Sakyamuni of Buddhism and Lao-tzu of Taoism. It was built in 1914 with financial contribution from the local dockyard industry. The present site was chosen because a bronze statue of a unicorn, seen as a symbol of good omens, was found inside a cave at the site. The cave was subsequently revered as the Cave of the Unicorn (or Ki Kun Cave).
Next to the Temple is a park where a boulder is erected by its side. According to the inscription on the plaque in its front, the boulder marked the previous coastline of Tuen Mun before reclamation.
Away from the Temple and across Castle Peak Road is Sam Shing Hui, one of the most renowned seafood markets both in the district and in the whole of Hong Kong. Visitors may choose their favourite seafood and then take or send to one of the nearby seafood restaurants to be cooked and served for a superb seafood meal.
Hong Kong Gold Coast
Hong Kong Gold Coast is the largest tourist resort in Tuen Mun. It comprises a world-class resort hotel, a convention centre, a shopping mall, a marina club, the well-known Golden Beach and the nearby Hong Kong Gold Coast Dolphin Square.
The Golden Beach is located at 18.5 Miles, Castle Peak Road, adjacent to the Cafeteria New Beach. It is the largest public beach in Tuen Mun and the first artificial beach in Hong Kong. The 545-metre long beach has a total area of 7.85 hectares. Tropical trees, like coconut, and flowers of various species are planted on both sides of a 480-metre long promenade running parallel to it. The design of the snack kiosks and the changing rooms strike a natural harmony with that of the hotel and the shopping mall.
Hong Kong Gold Coast sits close to Castle Peak Bay. The complex in European style replicates the Mediterranean Sentiment. Watching the sunset at an open cafe on the palm-lined seashore can be an infinite source of artistic inspirations and creativity.
Performances like Western verse recital, live bands and classical music by both the professionals and the amateurs are put on at Gold Coast Piazza during festive seasons.