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.
A much larger development is taking place one station away at Tai Wai, which will be a major junction point once the Ma On Shan Line is extended to Central.
Meanwhile, the rest of Tai Wai has public housing estates so it is not all luxury residentials above train stations.
Dai pai dong eateries are getting more rare in the city. These ones near Sha Tin Wai station have survived for an authentic traditional eating experience.
There is also a sprinkle at Wo Che Estate.
Shing Mun River, once a sewer, runs through the district. Promenades and bike paths line both sides and is a nice place for a walk or some exercise.