JOURNEY BETWEEN THE CENTURIES SHA TIN by nyut545e2

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									     JOURNEY BETWEEN                                                     Sha Tin
     THE CENTURIES
     SHA TIN
     Settlement of the Sha Tin Valley began more than 500 years
     ago, but it was only in the 1950’s that it developed into
     more than a community of rice-subsistence farmers. The real
     transformation of Sha Tin began in 1973 with the construction
     of the New Town with its plethora of high-rise residential blocks
     on partly reclaimed land from the river estuary.

     Today, walking around Sha Tin is akin to walking through a time
     tunnel! You can find vestiges of bygone days here and there
     interspersed with the modern urban development. Experience
     a century-old temple (Che Kung Temple) dedicated to a warrior
     general imbued with mystical powers! Visit an old village (Tsang
     Tai Uk) built in the 19th century featuring an amazing one-of-a-
     kind architectural style. Stroll around a modern-day shopping
     centre (New Town Plaza) built in the 20th century that serves as
     a lightening rod for many of the 750,000 people that call this
     bustling New Town home.




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                             Tsang Tai Uk 37

                      38 The Hong Kong Heritage Museum



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     Central Sha Tin
                                                                                                Kam Sheung Road
                                                                                                             Tai Wo
                                                                                                         Tai Po Market

        39 Sha Tin Park
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                                                                                                                              University                    Ma On Shan
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                                                                       Tuen Mun                                                                          Tai Shui Hang
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                                                                                                                Sha Tin                            Shek Mun
                                                                                                                                               City One
                                                                                                                    Tai Wai                Sha Tin Wai
                                                                                               Tsuen Wan West                 Che Kung Temple
      40 New Town Plaza
                                                                   East Rail Line
                                                                   West Rail Line                         Mei Foo             Kowloon Tong
                                                                   Ma On Shan Line                                              Mong Kok East
                                                                                                              Nam Cheong
                                                                   Light Rail
                                                                                                                    Austin        Hung Hom
                                                                   Interchange
                                                                                                   East Tsim Sha Tsui




                                                         The Lady of Amah Rock
                                                         On the summit of a hill on the southern flank of Sha Tin valley is a large rock,
                                                         which viewed from some directions looks like a woman carrying a child on her
                                                         back! The story goes that after a fisherman failed to return from a fishing trip,
                                                         his wife with their child on her back would climb the hill every day to look out
                                                         to sea, looking for his boat. Alas, he had been caught in a storm and never
                                                         came back. Day after day, she climbed the hill until, in sympathy and admiring
                                                         her constancy, the spirit of the mountain turned her into stone, so that she could
                                                         stand and look out to sea forever.




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1. Che Kung Temple
First established centuries ago, the Che Kung Temple was built at the junction of three streams because the
god was credited with controlling floods – and reputedly saved the area from a plague. Considered one of
the Gods of Good Fortune, his birthday is celebrated on the Second Day of Chinese New Year when as many
as 100,000 devotees come to the temple and turn brass windmills. It is believed turning the blades brings good luck.
                                                                                                                                 2. Tsang Tai Uk
                                                                                                                                 Translated as the Big House of the Tsangs, this is a unique village in
                                                                                                                                 the New Territories, built to a Hakka design rather than the traditional
 Opening hours: 7am – 6pm daily.
                                                                                                                                 local style. Entry is through gatehouses in the front courtyard, with
 Directions:   MTR Che Kung Temple
               Station Exit B, go                                                                                                wells on either side. The Ancestral Hall is in the centre of the building.
               through the pedestrian                                                                                            All around are houses for visitors. The village was built in the mid-19th
               tunnel and turn right                                                                                             century by Tsang Koon-man, a Hakka who made his fortune as a
               into Che Kung Temple.
                                                                                                                                 stonemason. Locals called his village ‘The Big House of the Tsangs’.

                                                                                                                                 Note: Tsang Tai Uk is private property and not formally open to
                                                                                                                                 the public. It is usually accessible but care should be taken not to
                                                                                                                                 offend the residents or pry too intrusively into the private areas of
                                                                                                                                 the village.


                                                                                                                                   Directions: Exit Che Kung Temple and retrace your steps to Che Kung Miu Road and walk
                                                                                                                                               to the right along the road. At the pedestrian tunnels, follow the directional signs
                                                                                                                                               to Tsang Tai Uk. When you exit the tunnel, keep walking past a tennis court on
                                                                                                                                               your left to reach Tsang Tai Uk.


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                                                                                                                     4. Sha Tin Park
                                                                                                                     Take a break from all the sightseeing and
                                                                                                                     go for a stroll in this lush eight-hectare park
                                                                                                                     on the banks of the Shing Mun River. There
                                                                                                                     are six gardens featuring a wide variety
                                                                                                                     of shrubs and trees. Enjoy an eight-metre-
                                                                                                                     high waterfall and two banyan trees that
                                                                                                                     provide a great backdrop for photos. Exit
                                                                                                                     through the North Gate and you’ll see Sha
                                                                                                                     Tin Town Hall.

                                                                                                                       Opening hours: 6:30am – 11pm daily.
                                                                                                                       Directions:   Follow the directional signs to
                                                                                                                                     Sha Tin Park along Lion Rock
                                                                                                                                     Tunnel Road and through the
                                                                                                                                     pedestrian tunnel. When you
                                                                                                                                     exit the tunnel, turn right and
                                                                                                                                     continue walking until you
                                                                                                                                     reach the large red gates of the
                                                                                                                                     Sha Tin Park.
                                                                                                                       Tel:          +852 8695 9253

3. The Hong Kong Heritage Museum                                                                                       Homepage:     www.lcsd.gov.hk/parks/stp/
                                                                                                                                     en/index.php
Opened in 2000, the museum’s 12 galleries are built around traditional Chinese open courtyards. In addition to
changing thematic exhibitions, the permanent galleries showcase the history and culture of the New Territories,
Cantonese opera*, Chinese culture, and contemporary Hong Kong art and design. A Children’s Discovery Gallery
offers a fun way for children to discover the mysteries of archaeology and to learn about the natural environment.                                                      5. City Art Square
                                                                                                                                                                        The City Art Square is located at the Sha Tin Town Hall
                                                                                                                                                                        Plaza. With the aims to improve the public environment,
 Opening hours: 10am – 6pm Monday & Wednesday to
                Saturday; 10am – 7pm Sunday and most                                                                                                                    develop the arts and culture, and promote the Beijing
                public holidays. Closed on Tuesday.                                                                                                                     Olympic Games, world-class art displays were introduced
 Directions:   Retrace your steps to the pedestrian tunnels                                                                                                             in the City Art Square. These displays include original
               and follow the directional signs pointing to
                                                                                                                                                                        and uniquely-styled sculptures and public art installations
               the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. The path
               takes you over the Lion Bridge.                                                                                                                          designed and created by 19 world-renowned overseas,
 Tel:          +852 2180 8188                                                                                                                                           mainland and local artists and designers.
 Homepage:     www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk
                                                                                                                                                                          Directions: Opposite the Lek Yuen Bridge, take the staircase
               *Join the Cantonese Opera Appreciation Class.                                                                                                                          up to the podium level, walk past the Sha Tin
               For details, see page 71.                                                                                                                                              Town Hall, then walk down the staircase in front
                                                                                                                                                                                      to reach City Art Square.
                                                                                                                                                                          Tel:        +852 2694 2509 / 2694 2570
                                                                                                                                                                          Homepage: www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Shatin/
                                                                                                                                                                                    city_art/eng/index.html




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