It’s a beautiful setting, reached via a long staircase with life-size golden Buddhas on either side and when we arrived about 10am it was almost deserted.
Incense burns everywhere, with gifts of flowers and fruit to Buddha left on tables outside the temples and pagoda. There is a vegetarian restaurant and a small souvenir stall.
KCR to Sha Tin
Wong Tai Sin is a temple complex seemingly dumped into a suburb. Far from being just a tourist site, the temple is regularly used by the local people - I saw people there hoping for luck in exams and driving tests, among other things. Round the back, away from the bustle, is a quiet garden.
Chi Lin nunnery is a beautiful Buddhist building entirely made of wood - no steel or nails. Peaceful gardens and lily pools and few people other than nuns and gardeners. There’s sweet souvenirs too - all proceeds go towards the upkeep of the complex. Out of central Hong Kong, but a great place to find peace and quiet as well as a little culture.
MTR to Wong Tai Sin station, then a short (signed) walk. For Chi Lin, take the MTR to Diamond Hill, again the walk is signed
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