Two years ago I was cycling from along the Pak Shek Kok Promenade, next to Science Park in the New Territories, when I saw a giant white statue in the distance. Until now, I had no idea that this giant white statue, overlooking New Territories in Hong Kong, is part of the Tsz Shan Monastery.
The Most Beautiful Monastery In Hong Kong
I’ve visited a couple of monasteries in Hong Kong, but haven’t seen any that is as picturesque as this one. I personally think that the Tsz Shan Monastery is the most beautiful monastery in Hong Kong. The Chi Lin Nunnery and the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery are located closer to the main city and thus more popular. Perhaps being secluded and far removed is what adds a great deal of charm to this monastery.
The Tsz Shan Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery located in Tung Tsz, Tai Po. The surrounding natural environment provides visitors with ample tranquility and zen. To maintain this environment, and to control the number of visitors the public must make an advance booking to enter the monastery.
The Guan Yin (Avalokitesvara) Statue
Standing next to the Monastery is a 76 metre tall Guan Yin (Avalokitesvara) statue that can be seen from miles away on a clear day. Although the statue of the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island is the more famous landmark in Hong Kong, the Guan Yin statue is equally beautiful in my opinion (especially given its surroundings). The statue is modeled on sculptures of the Song dynasty, and is bronze-cast with white fluorocarbon self-cleaning paint.
The Avalokitesvara statue towers over all the villages under it and stands out so beautifully among the forests around it.
Tsz Shan Monastery – How To Get There
There are many ways to get to the Tsz Shan Monastery – by bus, minibus, and taxi. However, all of them involve getting to the Tai Po Market MTR station first.
Take bus 75K or 275R (only on weekends) from Tai Po Market Station bus terminal and alight at San Tau Kok. From the bus stop, walk 10 minutes along Tong Tsz Road and turn right into Universal Gate Road for another 10 minutes’ walk.
There are 3 green minibuses that can get you to Tsz Shan Monastery from Tai Po Market Station.
- 20T is the only direct bus to the monastery. It only runs only on weekdays between 11 AM and 5 PM.
- 20C gets you to San Tau Kok (same stop as the buses). From here it’s a 20 minute walk up hill.
- 20B gets you to the intersection of Tong Tsz Road and Universal Gate Road. From here, it’s only a 10 minute walk up hill.
You can also take a taxi from the Tai Po Market station.
Zen Amidst Nature
More details about the monastery can be found on its website. Here is a quick aerial tour of the Tsz Shan Monastery.