Hong Kong Area Guides: New Territories

Sha Tin Area Guide

Whiter than white
““There were streets, narrow and crowded. Above them flashed neon lights and blinking billboards of every colour, shape and size. Some ran up the sides of buildings, others blinked on and off in store windows. In the space above the sidewalk, higher than a double-decker bus, hung flashing neon signs. Yes, if white could be whiter than white, it was when it was in neon, Hong Mei thought. She knew Nathan Road in Kowloon was famous for its neon lights.””
B.L. Sauder, Year of the Golden Dragon
Sha Tin
New Territories, UAE
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Once a large farming region covered in fields and walled villages, Sha Tin has grown to become Hong Kong’s most heavily populated district. Located within the New Territories, Sha Tin is home to more than 660,000 people, many of them living within the well-developed Sha Tin New Town.

There’s a real cultural mix in this corner of Hong Kong with 19th century walled villages and Chinese traditional temples neighbouring modern housing developments and multi-storey shopping malls. There’s a wealth of natural attractions including the the Lion Rock and Ma On Shan Country Parks and Shing Mun River, where you’ll often see residents cycling, running and even dragon boating. Sha Tin Central Park, which features traditionally styled Chinese archways, gardens and fish ponds, adds to the charm of this quiet and friendly district. There are reminders of Hong Kong’s past on every corner, and must-see sights include the historic Tsang Tai Uk and Che Kung Temples.

While some of the properties are older and more rundown than in other parts of Hong Kong, rents are cheaper and homes are more spacious. Thanks to recent development, residents have shopping malls, museums, international schools and parks on their doorstep. That said, it can feel far removed from Hong Kong Island and residents tend to live here to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Although Sha Tin is connected by public transport services to the rest of the city, it does help to have a car to get around quickly and easily.

Sha Tin has five stations on the MTR’s east line: Racecourse, Fo Tan, She Tin and Tai Wai. Drivers can take Route 1 to access Hong Kong Island. And for anyone with a bike, Sha Tin is home to Hong Kong’s longest cycle track network.

International Christian School, Sha Tin College and Sha Tin Junior School.

Private healthcare is offered at Union Hospital, and there are several government hospitals within the district.


There are plenty of cultural attractions in Sha Tin including the new Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Tsang Tai Uk and Che Kung Temples and the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. There’s family friendly entertainment at Snoopy’s World, walking tracks and rock climbing at Lion Rock Country Park, and plenty of sporting action at the Sha Tin Racecourse.

The main shopping attraction is New Town Plaza, a large shopping mall in Sha Tin New Town. There are smaller shopping centres across Sha Tin and some bohemian boutiques in the new City Art Square development.

Bars and restaurants
Whether dining out or meeting friends for a drink, you’ll find the best choice of venues in Sha Tin New Town. There are plenty of restaurants across the district serving the famous local roasted pigeon dish.

Sha Tin Ratings





Family Friendly


Transport Links


Sha Tin Pros & Cons


Lower rents
Cultural attractions
Hong Kong's longest cycle network
Country parks and natural beauty
The racecourse


Can feel remote
Limited public transport services
Lacks nightlife and major attractions

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