Living on Hong Kong Island may have its advantages, but due to the soaring Hong Kong property prices, more people are moving to the New Territories for larger living spaces and to get more bang for their buck. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet in this hectic city, here are some key attractions to keep yourself entertained in Sha Tin:
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
If you’re interested in the history and culture of the city, head over to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Opened in 2000, it’s the largest museum in the city featuring a range of exhibitions that interest people of all ages and gender. One of the most popular exhibitions at the moment is the Bruce Lee exhibition, which features interactive displays and the iconic yellow jumpsuit.
Furniture shopping can be mentally and physically exhausting, especially when you have to go to furniture shops at opposite ends of the city. If you want a one-stop furniture shopping experience, head over to Homesquare, which includes 6 floors of furniture, lighting, kitchenware shops and interior design offices. If you’re planning to give your home a complete makeover, this shopping mall will be the answer to your prayers.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
Constructed by Venerable Yuet Kai between the years 1949-1957, the Buddhist “monastery” is actually just a series of temples, as monks don’t reside there. You can either take a mini trek up the 341 steps to the temple, or if you’re feeling lazy, you can also take the escalator. After arriving at the destination, you’ll see a sea of golden Buddha statues with various facial features and body shapes.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly destination, Snoopy World will entertain you and your children. Situated in the popular shopping mall New Town Plaza, Snoopy World is a Peanuts theme park where adults can relive their childhood memories, and children can take photos with cute Peanuts characters and have fun on the canoe boat ride.
Tolo Harbour Cycling Track
The great thing about Sha Tin is that it includes a scenic cycling route which starts at Shing Mun river, passes through Hong Kong Science Park and ends in Tai Po Waterfront Park. Even if you don’t own a bike, you can easily rent one at bike shops near New Town Plaza. Since most bicycle shops have chain stores in different districts, you can even rent your bicycle in Sha Tin and return it in Tai Po.