Tao Fong Shan

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The Conference Hall at Tao Fong Shan

Tao Fong Shan (Chinese: 道風山) is a hill less than 500 m tall located in Sha Tin in Hong Kong's New Territories. An alternative romanization of the name is "To Fung Shan", the government styling and also the version used in the single road leading to Tao Fong Shan: To Fung Shan Road.


Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre
Founded 1930
Founder Karl Ludvig Reichelt
Headquarters 33 To Fung Shan Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Area served
Hong Kong, Mainland China, Scandinavia
Owner Areopagos Foundation
Divisions Spirituality, Art, Bridge and Dialogue Divisions
Website http://www.tfscc.org/ http://www.tfssu.org/ https://www.tfscc.org/tfsonlineshop/
Tao Fong Shan
Traditional Chinese 道風山
Simplified Chinese 道风山
Literal meaning "The mountain of the Christ Wind"[1]

Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre (Chinese: 道風山基督教叢林) is situated at Tao Fong Shan, Sha Tin, in Hong Kong. The Centre was founded in 1930 by the Norwegian missionary Karl Ludvig Reichelt (1877–1952).[2] Reichelt was sent to Hunan province in China in 1904. There he gradually developed an idea to share the gospel with Buddhists. In 1929, he established Jing Fong Shan in Nanjing. In 1930, due to the chaos of the Chinese civil war, Reichelt moved his work to Sha Tin, Hong Kong, and asked a Danish architect, Johannes Prip-Moller to design the buildings. Reichelt died on 13 March 1952 and was buried at the Tao Fong Shan cemetery.

In February 2010, Tao Fong Shan became an statutory foundation in Hong Kong under the name "Tao Fong Shan Service Foundation Limited".[3]

The buildings at the Centre are classified as Grade II historical building. Extensive restoration work took place from 2009 to 2011 with the help of the Hong Kong government's Financial Assistance for Maintenance Scheme.[4]

Described as "A remarkable Christian retreat centre... high in the hills behind Sha Tin" by the Hong Kong government,[5] the picturesque site is very well-known and popular among Christians in Hong Kong.

The Centre is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.


The Centre includes a chapel, a library and an art shop.

  • The Chapel (known as The Christ Temple) is an octagonal structure; Sunday Worship is available in the building.
  • The Art Shop sells a wide range of primarily Chinese-style Christian-themed paintings, hand-painted porcelain and handicrafts. Prayer and meditation aids such as the Pearls of Life are available here. The Art Shop has recently launched online shopping.[6][7]
  • Pilgrim's Hall is a Christian retreat guest house[8] patterned after the "Cloud and Water Halls" as seen at Buddhist sites in mainland China and offers accommodation for up to 40 people in 18 double rooms. A dining hall and lounge with a capacity of 100 people are incorporated into Pilgrim's Hall.
  • The Conference Hall is a traditional Chinese-style hall; it is designed for conferences and seminars, with a seating capacity for 60 people.
  • A 12-metre-high cross, facing Sha Tin, is the hallmark of the Centre. The cross is a popular among visitors and is a place for outside gatherings and meetings.
  • Ascension House, a former hostel located off of the main Centre grounds,[9] has been renovated and is now used to supplement Pilgrim's Hall to accommodate overnight retreat guests and volunteers. Common kitchen facilities are available here, unlike the accommodation at Pilgrim's Hall. The nearby, 5-room Ching Fong Tai serves a purpose similar to Ascension House but only accommodates up to 7 people.
  • A Labyrinth is located next to the Lotus Pond, and is used for prayer and contemplation.


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Tao Fong Shan is located in the rural part of Sha Tin, but can be easily reached by walking. From East Rail Line's Sha Tin Station, it only takes 20 minutes to get to the centre via a hiking trail.[10]

For guests and visitors, the most common type of transportation is the taxi, which is HK$25 if taken from Tai Wai. In addition, Tao Fong Shan Service Unit also operates a shuttle bus just for staff and guests at the Centre a few times daily from Sha Tin.


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Coordinates: 22°23′03″N 114°10′56″E / 22.3842°N 114.1821°E / 22.3842; 114.1821