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SHA TIN

The city Sha Tin is an early developed new town situated in the central area of the New Territories.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
The walk to reach the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery include climbing up some 400 steps. The path is lined with lifesize golden statues of Buddhas of all shapes. Those statues are called Arhans. The open ceremony of 500 Arhans was hold in 2002.

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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a famous Buddhist monastery and is located on the mountain behind Pai Tau Village near the KCR Shatin railway station.

The forecourt is adorned with large and colourful statues of Buddhist deities and animals. A nine-storey pagoda stands opposite to the main worship hall. Climbing up its spiral stairway offers even stunning views of Sha Tin.
Monastery's forecourt
Monastery's forecourt
Main worship hall
The main worship hall houses over 13 0000 Buddha statues of a similar height.
Main worship hall
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is dating to the 1950s and its main worship hall contains around 12800 Buddhas lining the walls.
Inside the main worship hall
Inside the main worship hall
Kwun Yam statues
Kwun Yam, Goddess of Mercy, can be represented in many incarnations such as protector of Children.
Kwun Yam statues
The forecourt is adorned with large and colourful statues of Buddhist deities and animals. The statue in the middle is an image of Kwun Yam showing her in her multiple arms form. It is said that she can have one thousand of arms. Most sculptures show only 42 arms. Two are regular arms, but each of the remaining 40 arms represents the 25 Buddhist worlds (40 x 25 = 1000).
Colourful statues
Colourful statues
Kwun Yam Pavilion
The Goddess of Mercy Facing The Sea lies inside the pavilion. The Goddess of Mercy has power to take any shape in order to save those in distress, especially those working in the sea. So she sits facing the bay and the sea. Nowadays due to Sha Tin tremendous development as a New City, the statue is now facing the Shing Mun River.
Kwun Yam Pavilion
To go to the Monastery upper part, visitors have to climb another path flanked by Chinese deity statues and Kwun Yam statues.
Kwun Yam statue
Kwun Yam statue
The Temple Of The God Of Heavens
The God of Heavens is the header of the heaven. The Four "Diamond" Guardians clothed in armours stand on both sides of the main altar.
The Temple Of The God Of Heavens


Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall is a large and commercial columbarium complex that opened in year 1992.

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Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall is situated in the mountains. There is a small cable car at the base of the building for easy access.
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Smoke from incense sticks is rising in front of the Buddha statues in the Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall.
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Ancestor worship bound together the extended family or clan, the most important unit of Chinese society.
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall

The relationships of the clan members living and dead can be compared with a Banyan tree. The roots are the souls of the deceased family members now in the Underworld. They provide stability for the rest of the tree which represents the living family. The leaves symbolize the mature family members who are working to ensure the family's present prosperity and rearing the next generation.

The tree trunk depicts the body of clan elders who provide the wisdom and experience of their age. Clan elders perform the rites whereby offerings are presented to the souls in the Underworld. Ancestors then reciprocate with blessings and favours that will ensure the good health of the family clan.
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall

To ensure that the deceased clan members rest in peace and help continue the clan's prosperity, they must be buried according to tradition and have their needs satisfied in the afterlife.

Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall is a larger white and green complex of Chinese buildings, which house ancestors ashes.
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Banks of little halls, each one in the style of the traditional ancestral worship hall rise in ranks in two wings up the steep slopes.
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
The niches at Po Fook are differentially priced according the auspiciousness of each position.
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
This large white and green complex of Chinese buildings houses the Po (or Bo) Fook Ancestral Worship Halls. It also offers stunning views over Shatin.
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Festivals worshipping ancestors always happen in Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall.
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Paper offerings to ancestors are burnt in specific containers. During major festivals, tons of joss paper are burnt.
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall


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