Sha Tin and Sha Tin Wai- Quiet Hong Kong

Written by Dazi Cremonita

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Dazi Cremonita, a Year 4 undergraduate student from Indonesia, is one of the Student Hosts of Off-campus Peer Support Accommodation programme (OPSA).

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Sha Tin always meant to me ‘IKEA’ and ‘New Town Plaza’ in the first two years when I was in Hong Kong. No one really told me just how self-sufficient this place is. It’s just like a small city with jogging tracks, beautiful riverside, museums, low to high-end malls, Dai Pai Dongs (local food stalls) and countless wet markets and supermarkets.

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IKEA Sha Tin at Home Square (Photo taken at City Shopping Spree Tour for International Newbies, 22 Aug 2016)

You can get everything you need

Sha Tin Wai was the first part of Sha Tin I got to know the most. If you really need to chop down those expenditures, go around the Sha Kok Shopping Centre in Sha Kok Estate and you’ll find the extremely affordable: Japanese food and house appliances on the second floor, fresh market on the first floor, and a humongous Dai Pai Dong (food stalls) right across Sha Tin Wai station. The breakfast at Golden Traditional Noodle (金仔米線) is my absolute favourite (for 32 HKD, you can get really good noodle with toast, ham, eggs and a cold drink).

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Sha Kok Shopping Centre (Photo Source: Link Asset Management Limited)
Sha Kok Estate Dai Pai Dong (Food Stalls) (Photo Source: Oriental Daily)

Take a deep breath and relax

If you need a break, walk down the river all the way to Tai Wai (it’s seriously not that far). Go around the gardens near the Heritage Museum and grab a musubi right across the Tai Wai station. The jogging trail is one of Nike+ Run Club Hong Kong’s favourite places to hold their running events. On the other end of the river, you can find shopping malls like City One, which offers a good amount of affordable food like Shanghai dan dan mian to Taiwanese dumplings, and AEON.
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum  (Photo source: Hong Kong Tourism Board)
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View of Lek Yuen Bridge (Photo taken by Dazi Cremonita)

If you decide to take a walk down the Lek Yuen Bridge, do it in the afternoon. In addition to the incredible sunset, you will also see an old man walking with his giant turtle and a bunch of old ladies entertaining their parrots and Golden Retrievers. What’s nice about Sha Tin is it’s very laid-back attitude. Unlike the rambunctious Mong Kok, Sha Tin can definitely give you a break from the hustle and bustle in Hong Kong.
We will continue to introduce you the advantages of living in other districts, such as Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, Hung Hom and Fan Ling. Please stay tuned with us!

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