Sha Tin ,Sha Tin HongKong China

Sha Tin

As a recreational, shopping, gourmet and cultural center of Hong Kong, Sha Tin is a fast growing new town in New Territories. It is noted for unique local culture, horseracing, intriguing shopping malls and delicious local delicacies.

One of the most attracting parts of Hong Kong travel is Horseracing. Sha Tin has the second largest racecourse in Hong Kong, which is located near the Fo Tan Railway Station. The racecourse is equipped with the latest technology and the best facilities, which is one of the best in the world. It can hold over 85,000 people meanwhile. Here you can see the color-TV screen in the racecourse, which is the largest in the world. It is made to meet the audience’s needs, and it allows you to have a clear view of the race from any seating position. In the racing season (from September to June), on every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, tens of thousands of punters get togeterh to watch the days events. Of course, there are some tourists who are not interested in horseracing, if so, they can find the enjoyment in the Penfold Park, which is located in the middle of the racecourse. It is open to the public for free when there is no horseracing. The park also offers a natural habitat for many birds. You can have birds-watching here.

It is well known that Hong Kong is the paradise for shopping, and New Town Plaza is a great example, which is situated at the heart of Sha Tin. It is a flagship shopping center of Sung Hung Kai Properties. Covering an area of 200,000 sq meters (239,198 sq yards), it is one of the largest shopping centers in Hong Kong. Because it is close to KCR Station, customers flood into the shopping center at weekends. Sha Tin New Town Plaza comprehended of three parts: Phase One, Phase Three and Grand Central Plaza. New Town Plaza Phase One is has eight floors, where many famous shops sell a great variety of commodities. The famous shops include the British department store 'Marks & Spencer' and Mega Lifestyle Specialty Store 'city'super'. New Town Plaza Phase Three accommodates numerous toyshops and children's clothes shops. There are many cosmetics shops to choose from, therefore, it is called a shopping paradise for trendy youngsters. Grand Central Plaza is home to interior design companies and domestic furnishing shops. With the largest IKEA flagship store in Hong Kong, it is no wonder an ideal place for home decoration and furnishing. Actually, it is very popular among the young.

Situated on the third floor, on the podium of the New Town Plaza, Snoopy's World is a paradise for Snoopy fans. New Town Plaza is the first Snoopy outdoor playground in Asia and only the second in the world, which is covering an area of 40,000 sq meters (47,840 sq yards). Over 60 cartoon figures of Peanuts of different sizes can choose from, The New Town Plaza is the world's largest outdoor Snoopy figure. Visitors can get in close contact and take photos with the characters. You can relax yourself in this dreamlike Snoopy's World.

In addition to shopping, Sha Tin is also a paradise for gourmets. Sha Tin Roasted Pigeon is popular among locals and foreigners, which is very tender, fresh and delicious. Unique and secret recipe is used everyday by the chefs everyday. It attracts many tourists here to have a taste of roasted pigeons.

In order to understand the unique culture of Hong Kong, you had better choose Hong Kong Heritage Museum as one of your destinations. It is a comprehensive museum, which reflects the unique local culture of Hong Kong. At the first sight, you may find that the museum is a combination of traditional Chinese courtyard and modern architecture design. It is made up of twelve exhibition galleries covering a variety of themes ranging from history to art to culture.

There are also other cultural facilities here, such as Sha Tin Town Hall and Sha Tin Public Library. The two buildings are the center of cultural activities in the eastern area of New Territories. It will hold various cultural activities such as ballet performances, concerts, painting and sculpture exhibitions.

Sha Tin Notes

Opening Hours:
Mon., Wed. to Sat.    10:00 – 18:00
Sun. and public holidays    10:00 – 19:00
Christmas Eve & Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve    10:00 – 17:00

How to get there:
1. Take the East Rail and get off at Tai Wai Station or Sha Tin Station. Then, walk for 15 minutes;
2. Take the free shuttle bus provided by the museum at Exit B of the Subway Sha Tin Station.
The timetable of the free shuttle bus:
Sat.    13:00 – 18:30
Sun. and public holidays    13:0 – 19:30