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Why Look For Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery In Hong Kong Tour Packages?

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Front)
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Front)

The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, locally known as Man Fat Tsz, is situated at Po Fook Hill in the Pai Tau village, Sha Tin. It is one of the prominent Buddhist shrines and is included in almost all Hong Kong tour packages. The construction of this shrine began in 1949 by Reverend Yuet Kai and completed in the year 1957; however, it took around 10 more years to finish all miniature Buddha statues. There are over 13,000 idols (contrary to 10,000 as according to Cantonese tradition, ten thousand is a figurative term used for a large number) on display depicting the deity in different moods.

The monastery, sprawled across an area of 8 hectares, is built over two levels on a forest hillside. The entrance to the temple is somewhat hidden, but can be located with little effort. To reach the temple complex, travelers have to take up a steep path comprising approximately 431 steps, lined with around 500 life-size gold Arhan statues. The path leads to a lower level terrace, where the main structure is located. It comprises of Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall, four pavilions, one veranda and a nine-storey pagoda.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Inside)
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Inside)

The main hall is lined with thousands of miniature idols of the lord seated on shelves. Each idol is around 12 inches high with a distinct pose and expression and is inscribed with the name of its donor. Besides these, there are three huge gilded Buddha statues on display, which are placed behind the preserved body of Yuet Kai in a glass case. Travellers can buy incense sticks and a variety of souvenirs that are sold at a stall inside this main hall.

Yuet Kai
Yuet Kai

The pagoda stands just opposite to the main shrine and is encircled with several shimmering idols. Tourists can climb this beautiful edifice by a spiral staircase. All storeys are provided with window ledges, which are adorned with exquisite Buddha statues, and from the top storey, tourists can have a panoramic view of Sha Tin.

Kwun Yam
Kwun Yam

The Kwun Yam (Avalotiskesvara), which is among the four pavilions, stands in the centre of the terrace between the pagoda and the main hall. It is bordered with a veranda gallery that has gold bodhisattvas on one side and Arhan statues on the other.

Among other attractions in the monastery is a two-storey Amitabha Hall that was opened for public viewing in 2009. It houses an Amitabha Buddha idol and several gold-framed drawers. These drawers are adorned with Buddha figures and contain ashes of deceased monks.

Relevant Information

Travellers planning a tour of this wonderful attraction should be well aware of its visiting hours. Tourists can come here between 9 am to 5.30 pm; however, it remains closed during excessive rainfall or any other natural calamity. It also has a vegetarian restaurant that opens at around 10.30 am and is closed only on Thursdays. To reach here, travellers can take MTR (Mass Transit Railway) East Rail to Sha Tin Station. To avoid any issues, travellers can simply book Hong Kong packages and leave all the tension with their tour operators.

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Enjoy Themed Entertainment during Hong Kong Holidays

Hong Kong, located in the Republic of China, is home to numerous outlying islands. The main attractions in this city are Avenue of Stars, Disneyland, Ocean Park, Ladies Market, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Clock Tower and Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. It also has many themed tourist places, such as Madame Tussauds and Ngong Ping 360. Its famous highlight, Victoria Harbor, offers many cruises to explore the symbolic centers of the city that are located around the harbor. There are star ferry boats sailing on the water connecting this island city to Kowloon.

Symphony of Lights on Victoria Harbour

Symphony of Lights
Symphony of Lights

Symphony of Lights is a multimedia show held every night on this harbor, which involves around 40 buildings on both sides. Mentioned in the Guinness World Records, this show is the largest in the world. The laser beams, searchlights and colored lights are synchronized to narration and music, performing in a way, which presents a splendid spectacle. Its performance is based on five main themes including Heritage, Energy, Awakening, Partnership and Celebration. Likewise, this city offers many attractions based on different themes.

Themed Attractions

Avenue of Stars traces the history of Hong Kong cinema and is a platform to pay a tribute to it. You will find descriptive milestones, commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, movie memorabilia, a statue of Bruce Lee, an action movie star and a bronze structure of the cartoon character, McDull.

Another such themed attraction is the Disneyland, which offers different rides at its Mystic Point, Grizzly Gulch and Toy Story Land. It also has four themed lands – Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland and Main Street USA.

Madame Tussauds houses over 100 life-size wax figures. It has six themed areas, such as Hong Kong Glamour, World Premiere, The Champions, SCREAM, Music Icons and National and Historical Heroes that showcase wax statues of famous people of the world. Situated in the Peak Tower, this museum houses the first permanent scary spot of the city. With an abandoned asylum in its backdrop, the places uses a number of wax monsters and live performers. The museum also has a souvenir shop featuring a range of gifts from tiny lookalike figures to personalized wax hands and 3D glass cubes.

Ngong Ping 360 is a springboard for exploring the Lantau Island. The journey starting from Tung Chung is a 25-minute long cable car ride. The crystal cabin of this springboard provides a bird eye view of the deep sea and green mountainside. The ride ends at a culturally-themed Ngong Ping village, comprising a number of eateries and shops presented with a delightful dining and shopping experience.

Ocean Park is a theme park based on marine life, which features animal exhibits, shows and thrill rides. The Summit and the Waterfront areas in this park are connected by Ocean Express, a funicular train and the Cable Car. The place takes tourists on a polar adventure along with trips to its Rainforest and Aqua City. Travelers who wish to see all the themed attractions of this island city can choose from those international packages that include a trip to Hong Kong.

Pay Homage at Tian Tan Buddha during Hong Kong Holidays

A special administrative region in the Republic of China, Hong Kong

Glittering Hong Kong
Glittering Hong Kong

is known for its deep natural harbour and far-reaching skyline. A global financial hub, this region is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. The largest population of this area is formed by the ethnic Chinese. Located towards the south-coast of China, this place is enclosed by the South China Sea on its west, east and south, and by city of Shenzhen on the north. Since, Hong Kong has special administrative rights, it has a separate political system with no intervention from the Chinese government. In recent years, it has become one of the most south-after tourist designations in the Asian continent. Tourists flock here to witness some of its top attractions, which include Victoria Peak, Kowloon Walled City, Lantau and Lamma islands, Ocean Park and Tian Tan Buddha.

Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak

Travellers planning for Hong Kong holidays can visit all these attractions for a wonderful experience.

Tian Tan Buddha

Also referred to as the Big Budhha, Tian Tan Buddha is a huge statue of a Amoghasiddhi Buddha. The construction of this structure was completed in the year 1993.

Tian Tan Buddha
Tian Tan Buddha

It lies near the famous Po Lin Monastery on the island of Lantau. This statue was made of 202 separate bronze pieces and with a steel framework in the inside. In the opening ceremony of this statue, monks from across the globe were invited, especially, from countries, such as India, Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

The height of this structure is about 34 m, with a weight of around 250 metric tons.

Tian Tan Buddha-2
Tian Tan Buddha-2

There are 240 stairs that lead to this statue; however, a small road has been constructed to let tourist vehicles reach near it. Tourists who want to visit this sacred site can look for those Hong Kong packages that include a trip to this place.

Trip to the Vibrant Ladies Market in Your Hong Kong Tour Packages

Hong Kong is one of the two special administrative areas of the Republic of China, the other being Macau. One of the leading financial hubs of the world, this region is surrounded by the South China Sea and Pearl River Delta. It is one of the most-densely populated areas in the world, with its major population consisting of Chinese. This city-state was under the British colonial rule in the past, and in 1997, it became the first special administrative region of China after the British ended their 156 years rule. Since then, this place has grown from strength to strength, and today is a force to reckon with. Besides it financial growth, Hong Kong has managed to garner popularity for its various attractions, especially, its sky-scraping structures. Some of the top tourist attractions of this place are International Financial Centre, Madame Tussauds,  Ocean Park, Victoria Peak and Disneyland. Tourists interested in making an international trip during the upcoming holidays can look for Hong Kong tour packages.

 

Besides its man-made attractions, this destination is also known for its natural attractions, which include Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Mui Wo and Silver Mine  Bay Beach, Hung Shing Yeh Beach and Repulse Bay Beach. In addition, this place is known for many of its shopping areas, and one such famous one is the Ladies Market.

 

Shop at the Ladies Market

 

This market is located on Tung Hoi Street with more than 100 stalls that stretch for about a kilometre. In this market, tourists will find a number of shops selling accessories, clothing, souvenirs. It has got its name Ladies Market because a major chunk of the shops over here sell ladies items, such as cosmetics, hand bags, wristwatches and home furnishings. Tourists, especially women, must definitely visit this bustling shopping market. This area may not feature in Hong Kong packages, so tourists need to plan on their own to visit this vibrant marketplace.