Shatin was once a small village before the government turned it into a new suburb. Tsang Tai Uk is one of the original settlements that has been preserved. Built in 1847, it is home to a Hakka family, the Tsang clan. Guard towers rise on the village's 4 corners to keep an eye on menacing pirates.
More recent period lowrise houses still exist in the district, such as this one near Tai Shui Hang station.
A larger village sprawls along the hillside across the highway from Lek Yuen Estate.