Brief Introduction of Sha Tin District
District Area: 6,940 hectares/ 69.40 km²
Population: about over 600,000 (2001 census)
Population Density: 9187people/km²
Boundary: Sha Tin and Ma On Shan areas
Latitude: 22°39' N
Longitude: 114°21' E
Background and History of Sha Tin
Sha Tin is located in the New Territories. Sha Tin is a new town and has mainly residential areas. There are about 29,000 people living in 48 indigenous villages. There are four industrial areas for light industries in Sha Tin including Tai Wai, Fo Tan, Siu Lek Yuen and Shek Mun. Sha Tin was formerly named Lek Yuen, meaning “Source of Clear Water” then why is it called Sha Tin? During the rule of the British, the officials misplaced the name of Lek Yuen as Sha Tin Wai, so that’s how Lek Yuen was renamed as Sha Tin Wai.
Traffic and Transportation
There are different kinds to travel around Sha Tin
Road-Lion Rock Tunnel can take you to Central Kowloon. Drivers can get to East Kowloon by the Tate’s Cairn Tunnel (the longest tunnel in Hong Kong which is 4 kilometers long) and to North East New Territories via the Tolo Highway. Route 5 (a highway) connects Sha Tin to Tsuen Wan through the Shing Mun Tunnel and to Hong Kong Island with the Western Harbour Tunnel. The traveling time is only about 30 minutes. Sai Sha Road connects Sha Tin to Sai Kung via Ma On Shan. T7 has been opened in August 2004, which makes the traffic to Ma On Shan Town Centre more convenient. There is also an expressway connecting Cheung Sha Wan in Kowloon to Sha Tin, it is under construction. It is to connect the traffic from Sha Tin and the area to its north, ex: Lai Chi Kok, Kwai Chung, and the airport at Chek Lap Kok and Mong Kok. The expressway is expected to be completed in 2007. When it completes, it will only take 35 minutes to go from Sha Tin to the airport.
Train-The Kowloon-Canton Railway (East Rail) is a major transportation between Kowloon and Lo Wu. The...