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The city Sha Tin was until the mid-1970s a rural
township of about 35,000 people. Today, over 620,000 people live within several compact,
serviced neighborhoods of various sizes within the larger urban community. The natural
environment of the mountains, Shing Mun River, and Tolo Harbour have been used to
provide parks, promenades, bicycle paths, and recreational facilities.
Shing Mun River
Most of the private buildings are modern style and are big residential estates.
Besides being a New Town, Sha Tin still contains some old houses. Unfortunately,
this old house area has ben transformed as a truck parking.
The Lek Yuen Bridge spans over the 200m wide Shing Mun River and is open only to pedestrians.
Lek Yuen Bridge is an uncovered concrete footbridge built
in year 1988 to connect the northern and southern banks of
Shing Mun River.
The 8-hectare Sha Tin Park is located by the Shing Mun River. The South Garden
is a traditional Chinese garden with pavilions, bridge and waterfalls.
This park was provided at a cost of 75 millions HKD and took five years to complete. It was
officially opened in year 1988. It consists of six gardens of distinctive
styles and there are over 110 000 plants of various species inside.
People can hire bicycles and enjoy cycling along the Promenade via To Lo Harbour
to Tai Po Waterfront Park. Some prefer enjoying jogging or walking.
The Star Seafood Floating Restaurant is the only marble boat-shaped restaurant in Hong Kong.
It offers Cantonese "Dim Sum" and a wide variety of Cantonese dishes.
Modern offices in Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) in Shatin.
The cycling track from Sha Tin to Tai Po is passing along the Hong Kong Science Park.
Many riders stop to have lunch in HKSTP.
HKSTP was built in three successive phases. It now features almost 900 companies and
HKSTP features many nice garden. At lunch time, many local
workers have a break by walking around the garden and the Tolo Harbour.
After HKSTP, many housing complexs such as Providence Bay have been built along the
Tolo Harbour. Their height is limited to 8-10 floors to allow enough air ventilation
for the villages behind and the future housing complexs to be built.
There is no MTR station going to HKSTP. The closest station is University MTR station, then
travellers need to take bus 272K. There are also various Employees' Bus Service (SP Bus) to
go from many HKSAR districts to HKSTP.
Stunning view on HKSTP from the rooftop of building 5W (Enterprise Place).
From HKSTP area, it is possible see the beautiful Pat Sin Leng Country Park and
the Ma On Shan Country Park.
Local eateries and restaurants in HKSTP cater for all kinds of customers, i.e.
local workers, businessmen, bike riders...
One of the numerous local eateries located in HKSTP catering for local
Beautiful view on Pat Sin Leng Country Park from Pak Shek Kok Promenade, HKSTP.