Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Living in Shatin

The first plan for development in Sha Tin was approved by then Governor-in-Council in 1961. Sha Tin has grown from a rural township of 30,000 people in the early 1970s to a major new community, including an extension at Ma On Shan, of about 640,000 people today.

New residential developments have appeared along the Ma On Shan Line's stations, such as The Riverpark at Che Kung Temple station.

Named after one of the founding members of the Housing Society, Jat Min Chuen was completed in the early 1980s and provides over 3700 units across 3 32-storey towers. Facing Shing Mun River, the lucky poor can enjoy a nice view that would otherwise cost an arm and a leg nearby.

Its neighbours are also more public housing estates.

Across the river, Lek Yuen and Wo Che Estates also command river views and date from the mid to late 1970s. They front a huge sports and recreation area and it is only a short walk to reach the riverfront promenade.

Public housing estates tend to have affordable food options to cater to the residents' incomes.

Fung Wo Estate looks distinctly taller and newer. Completed in 2013, the 3 towers contain 1600 units.

Shing Mun River's waterfront promenades are immensely popular and it is possible ride a bike from here all the way to Tai Po, a favourite weekend activity with lovely scenery along Tolo Harbour.

A long walk to the MTR station and partially blocked from the river by a row of residential buildings in front, the Courtyard Shatin opened at this unexpected location near the fringers of Shatin's industrial section in 2013.

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