Hong Kong's economy is dominated by property and financial services. The government had long wanted to diversify into technology, and announced in 1997 their intention to develop a science park at Pak Shek Kok.
About 74 hectares of land was reclaimed from Tolo Harbour between Shatin and Tai Po just below the Chinese University, and the Science Park was developed in 3 phases. The science portion occupies about 22 hectares with 23 buildings housing over 4.3 million square feet of space. Per the 2019-20 annual report, over 830 companies employed more than 13,000 people at the Science Park.
Being a planned community, a small lake was built along the length of phase 2 to beautify the surroundings.
This vending machine named ROBI3 is a fully-automated ice-cream robot offering 4 flavours (bianco, chocolate, passion fruit, pistachio).
While the East Rail runs across the highway from these facilities, there is no station serving the area. Instead, workers and residents need to take an additional 5-10 minute bus journey from University Station.
The western section is actually a residential area with a number of higher-end buildings.
The waterfront promenade has a cycling track that extends to Tai Po and Shatin, a popular weekend outing destination for locals.
Ma On Shan's dominant geographical feature and skyline of residential buildings is on the other side of the water.