We took the MTR to Sha Tin and followed the tourist signs after coming out of the station. After a short walk we decided to ask for directions from a friendly local who pointed us to what must have been the back way to the monastery. My friend, who is decidedly the more safety conscious of the two of us was very concerned about the direction we were travelling. Admittedly, we seemed to be going through a neighbourhood which looked to be off the tourist path and every sign post warned us of theft in the area which did nothing to ease the concerns of my travelling companion. After some time we came upon some steep steps up. Towards the top we heard rustling in the trees and after a while we determined that there was a group of monkeys that were playing in the trees which was a lovely thing to watch. Towards the top golden statues started to line the path. The grounds were amazing. There is a vegetarian restaurant available if you happened to be a little peckish after the walk. Views are amazing (I didn't realize how high we had climbed). From what I could discern the place makes it's money from cremations. There are a number of places/buildings in which your ashes could be placed. Beautiful golden cubicles, where the deceased's photos and words of departure are etched. Yes it is a walk and it can be challenging if you do not love getting hot and bothered with walking up and down multitudes of stairs. However, I am happy I took the time to visit this beautiful place. Unique and spiritual. To me it was a glimpse into the path to the afterlife for the local people. I thoroughly recommend the visit.
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