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A Day in Sha Tin, Hong Kong

26 Mar 2011  Shatin Day Trip 10:00am - 3:30pm
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 17 votes

Last Updated - Dec 2012

We often have guests come to visit us in Hong Kong and many have found a day in Sha Tin to be quite a nice change from the normal tourist spots of Hong Kong island, Kowloon and Lantau. Below is the ideal way to complete a day trip to Sha Tin, seeing 5 nice sights and spending very little money.

Recommended Trip Plan (in order)
1.) Man Fat Sze (visit early). Its a steep climb so you don't want to do this during the heat of the day. 10:00am (1.5-2 hours total time)

2.) New Town Plaza (dim sum,lunch, coffee or just a break and rest from the temple visit) 12:00-1:30pm (1-1.5 hours). If the queue isn't too long, you can try the very good Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao restaurant, one of our favorite in Hong Kong.

3.) Sha Tin Park - Exist New Town Plaza directly into the Sha Tin Park 1.30-2.15pm (45 minutes)

4.) HK Heritage Museum - Cross the road from the park and enter the museum 2.15-3.15pm (1-1.5 hours)

5.) Che Kung Temple (if time permits) - across the canal from HK Heritage Museum 3.30-4.00pm (30 minutes)

Return to your hotel for a rest prior to having dinner

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Hong Kong
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
    Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), Hong Kong, China

    Cost: Free, Time required 1-2 hours

    Exit the Sha Tin MTR and walk towards and behind the IKEA building. This is where the most direct path to the temple begins. Its easy to find once you are close by. Bring your camera as there are loads of beautiful statues of buddha and often some monkeys wondering around while you make your way up a rather steep walking path. From the temple itself, you've some nice views of the Sha Tin valley (if air quality is nice) and some very bright, colorful and decorative statues to view.

    This temple is particularly good to visit during Chinese New Year when you can watch the famous lion dances in the morning outside the temple doors. Its nice to see.

  • 2. New Town Plaza - Shopping Mall
    New Town Plaza, Hong Kong, China

    Cost: Free to visit, Time required 30 minutes to 2 hours

    A nice shopping mall centre between Man Fat Sze (10,000 Buddha Monastery) and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

    There are several areas to get a meal (western and Chinese). We recommend trying Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao restaurant if the queue isn't too long to take seat. There are also pizza, burger, Italian, sushi, Thai, KFC and several Chinese restaurants. You can also find three Starbucks, a McDonalds(McCafe), UCC Cafe and a Pacific Coffee shop can be found for those in need of only a quick break. Lastly, there is a very good Western supermarket, called CitySuper, that sells set-lunches, deli, meat & cheese if you want to pick something up for a picnic in the Sha Tin Park.

    There is a Snoopy land theme area for the children to enjoy.

    Lastly, this is a shopping mall so you can do some mall style shopping if you like. Just check out the New Town Plaza website to see what is here.

  • 3. Crystal Jade (dim sum) at New Town Plaza
    Crystal Jade La Man Sino Bao (Shatin), Hong Kong, China

    Cost: HK$50-75 per person, Time required - 45-60 minutes (often a long queue)

    Crystal Jade offers some of the best Shanghai-style dim sum in Hong Kong. Their speciality is the Xiao Long Bao but are absolute favorite is their wonton in chili oil, which is always superb.

    There is always a queue to get into this restaurant, indicative of how popular this restaurant is with the locals. Best to eat here for lunch, arrive before 12.30pm (weekdays) and you should be able to get a table straight away as locals prefer to begin lunch at 1pm. In the evening, weekends and holidays, there is always a queue at Crystal Jade.

  • 4. Sha Tin Park
    Sha Tin Park, Hong Kong, China

    Cost: Free, Time required 30 minutes to 1 hour

    This is a nice park that lines the river (canal) in Sha Tin. There are several nice water ponds with fish and turtles, lots of traditional Chinese landscaping and plenty of children's playground facilities to enjoy themselves. It is easily accessible from the MTR station, New Town Plaza Shopping Centre, HK Heritage Museum and the 10,000 Buddha Monastery.

  • 5. Hong Kong Heritage Museum
    Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China

    Cost: HK$10 per person, Time required 45 minutes to 1 hour

    A lesser known attraction in Hong Kong that seems to impress those able to visit.
    This is a nice little museum but closed on Tuesday. Lots of local HK, Cantonese and Chinese artifacts, antiquities and arts. The tea room is very enjoyable, allowing you to try the traditional Chinese tea ceremony experience, cheaply!

  • 6. Che Kung Temple
    Che Kung Temple, Hong Kong, China

    Cost: Free, Time required 15-30 minutes

    The Che Kung Temple is a long standing location of importance in Hong Kong. It is worth visiting for the historical elements of the temple but is perhaps most famous for its role in the Chinese New Year (CNY) festivities in Hong Kong. Each CNY, 1000s of people flock to the temple to worship, burn incense and pray for luck for the new year, this is very interesting spectacle to observe if you can stand the crowds and rush into the temple grounds by the masses of worshipers.