You could find the Tsz Shan Monastery and its Guanyin Bodhisattva statue escaped far from the city center of Hong Kong, in the outskirts of Taipo. The bronze Guanyin statue is the second tallest Guanyin statue, where the tallest one in the world is in Sanya.
The clean and spacious Tsz Shan Monastery provide a tranquil sanctuary for spiritual purification in a Chinese way. It gives the value-centered city a heaven of peace apart from the busy city center.
Directions of Getting There
Metro – Tai Po Market Station and transfer bus or mini bus
Bus – 75K, 275R; Mini bus – 20B, 20C, 20T
Only mini bus 20T is the direct route, other bus/mini bus, alight at San Tau Kok and walk to Tze Shan Monastery entrance for 10 minutes.
The Tze Shan Monastery Tips and Guides
Common rules of visiting monasteries apply, for example dress properly and cover yourself up, be quiet and lower your voice, do not touch the items or statues in the temples. Try to keep light and avoid bringing heavy luggage and baggage as there are no storage facilities provided.
Though the admission fee is free, the daily number of visitors are limited to 400 only to ensure quality of the visit. You will have to pre-book your visit online or you will not be allowed to enter.
Reserving Your Visit Online
You can reserve your trip one month before. Passport or identity card verification is required. One person could bring at most 5 visitors per id. Usually it is quite difficult to make a booking on weekends and holidays. Try to reserve early once you have planned the day of visit.
No Incense Stick Burning
Most buddhist monasteries require incense burning for worship. In Tsz Shan Monastery, burning incense is not allowed, alternatively they have water offerings, tea meditation, walk meditation and Zen calligraphy to practice religion. These sound like healthier activities from burning incense plus they give visitors a sense of Chinese taste too.
No Photographing/Video Taking inside the Halls
Bring a Bottle of Water and A Few Fruits
While alcoholic beverages are not allowed, you are recommended to bring a bottle of water for hydration and fruits or food as snacks. Water dispensers are available around the temple. Meat is not allowed. Do respect the religion practice while you are in the temples.