Being on the far coast of Hong Kong does have its advantages. In Tuen Mun, you can find many experiences that you won’t find in the inner city. From stunning sunsets, to serene monasteries, and of course, the freshest seafood.
Here are some of our top picks.
runs by the Crossroads Foundation charity, this multifaceted venue is one of a kind in Hong Kong. Their Global Handicrafts marketplace is a trove of artisanal fair-trade products from around the world, and with a range that includes Chilean clay ocarinas, wood carvings from Bethlehem and Ethiopian coffee beans, eclectic is an understatement. Next, enjoy a relaxing drink at the Silk Road Cafe, which serves a range of hot and cold fair-trade beverages and snacks — try the masala chai.
is something of a tale of two halves. The three-storey Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall catches the eye before you enter, with a flamboyant red facade featuring two gigantic gold dragons coiled around its pillars, plus a stone elephant and pair of lions guarding its entrance. Inside is the Mahavira Hall, home to three giant gold statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, and walls adorned with the thousands of Buddha reliefs that give the building its name. The Miu Fat Monastery main complex next door couldn’t be more different; a modern glass and concrete affair, it’s topped by a magnificent lotus-shaped hall, which boasts stellar views over Tuen Mun.
Located on the site of a former kindergarten run by Ching Leung Nunnery,is the kind of place where you can easily while away an afternoon in peace. Created to encourage 'learning, creativity and cultural bonding', this charming space includes a bookstore, picturesque courtyard and art space, which regularly hosts exhibitions, workshops and expert talks (previous sessions include Chinese calligraphy and meditation). Strolling around Casphalt as the birds chirp outside, the stresses of the city couldn’t seem further away.
A sludge treatment facility might not sound the most enticing of venues, but there’s more to here for guided tours and spa pool sessions.than scientific jargon. Although the main objective of this plant (the first of its kind in Hong Kong) is to convert waste to energy, this state-of-the-art development also includes a water bird sanctuary, beautiful gardens, an environmental education centre, self-service cafe, stunning vistas over Deep Bay and even three spa pools of differing temperatures, which are heated by the energy from the sludge treatment process. While entry is free, advance booking is required; visitors can book online
Although there are dozens of seafood restaurants in and around Sam Shing Hui Seafood Market, there is one local favourite situated away from the bustle that has been attracting crowds for decades. The venue, once a leisure facility with tea houses and playgrounds that were a popular film shoot location, was transformed into thein 1989, and eventually regained fame as a Michelin-recommended eatery. Many regulars drive from the seafood market with bags of their own fish ready for the kitchen to work its magic.
Beaches aren’t always about sunbathing and sandcastles, and, located in the far west of the district, is proof of that. This quiet stretch boasts unimpeded sea views, making it one of the best places to watch the sunset in Hong Kong. It’s also a popular spot for kite-surfers, and if you’re really lucky, you might even catch a rare sighting of the elusive Chinese White Dolphin (head up to the lookout pagoda for a better viewpoint). Another spot of historical interest is Emperor’s Cave, said to be where Emperor Bing of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) fled from China to hide from invading Mongolians.
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