Climb High at Chung Yeung Festival

Castle Peak at Tuen Mun | Pui To Shan | 青山 | 杯渡山 | 屯門
Pui To Shan | Castle Peak (Photo by Chensong)

Chung Yeung Festival (9th day of the 9th month in the Chinese lunar calendar) is a public holiday in Hong Kong. Number 9 means “long” or “forever” in Chinese, so it is a festival to show respect to old people. During the day, members of the family usually climb a high mountain (a little bit more challenging than usual) and sometimes pay a visit to their ancestors’ grave to do some cleaning.

You will see a lot of people along the hiking trails on some popular mountains, such as Lion Peak, or even the Sharp Peak. Pui To Shan at Tuen Mun District is another good choice which is close to the city, easy to reach by public transportation and more quiet during the festival.

Pui To Shan got its name from a Buddhist monk Pui To Sim Shi who once lived here.

TV Broadcast and Military Radar Station at Castle Peak | 青山電視站和雷達電波接收轉發站
TV Broadcast Station and Military Radar Station ( Photo by Chensong)

Later it was renamed to Castle Peak due to its castle shape. It was once a station for military troops.

On your way to the top, you can enjoy the broad view of Tsing Shan Wan. There is a TV broadcast station standing on top of the hill at 583m altitude, making the hill easy to recognize. There was also an obsolete military radar station left by British army nearby.

Perhaps the reason that Pui To Sim Shi came is because he knew this is a place of violence and people here need a peace of mind. So he established the Tsing Shan Monastery in Pui To Shan, which today has become a well-known scenic spot.

How to Get There:

Tuen Mun MTR Station -> Exit B -> Walk west along Pui To Road -> Turn left at Tsing Wun Road -> Follow the signposts at Hing Choi Street and Yeung Tsing Road -> Walk along Tsing Shan Monastery Path and uphill

Chinese Translation:

Pui To Shan: 杯渡山
Pui To Sim Shi: 杯渡禪師
Castle Peak: 青山
Lion Peak: 獅子山
Sharp Peak: 蚺蛇尖
Tuen Mun: 屯門
Tsing Shan Monastery: 青山寺

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