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Sha Tin City Walk is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near the city of Sha Tin, Hong Kong that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 580 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Paved River Views Wild flowers City walk Historic site
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A new town with a fascinating mix of cultural attractions, riverside walks, parks and Hong Kong's largest museum Sha Tin may be considered "off the beaten track" for many visitors but for those with more than just a short 3 or 4 day stay in Hong Kong, can prove to be a very rewarding day trip with a surprising number of attractions and something of interest for everyone. Sha Tin is one of Hong Kong's nine new towns which have been developed in phases in the New Territories since the early 1970's to accommodate its rapidly expanding urban population. Prior to the development of these new towns, the New Territories consisted almost entirely rural villages and small towns and Sha Tin has grown from a market town with a population of 30,000 to a major community of over 630,000 people since 1973. Its name means "sandy field", but until British colonisation in the late nineteenth century it had been known as "Lek Yuen", it is built on land mostly reclaimed from Tolo Harbour and one of its major features is a man-made river channel which extends the Shing Mun River from the foot of the hills surrounding Sha Tin, through this reclaimed land to the re-formed shore of Tolo Harbour. Many consider it to be the most attractive of Hong Kong's new towns, being overlooked by mountains and peaks and with parks and gardens and the river channel dividing the town. Whilst, in common with all Hong Kong's other new towns, the development features mainly high-rise apartment blocks Sha Tin has a surprising amount of cultural heritage and attractions of interest. This walk reveals some of Sha Tin's "hidden gems" and features one of Hong Kong's most unusual and interesting monasteries, a temple, ancient walled village, Hong Kong's largest museum, parks, gardens and one of Hong Kong's best shopping malls.

Getting there: Sha Tin is easily reached by MTR East Rail Line which starts at Hung Hom in Kowloon. Passengers can interchange with other MTR lines at Hung Hom (East Rail), Kowloon Tong (Kwun Tong Line) and Tai Wai (Ma On Shan Line). The journey from most parts of Kowloon takes no more than about 30 minutes and from Hong Kong Island, about 40 minutes. It should be noted that although most of the walk is easy, the only access to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is via a set of 431 steps, which, during Hong Kong's hot and humid summer, may prove challenging for some. Sunday is the main recreational day in Hong Kong. Sha Tin becomes very busy for both shopping and leisure pursuits on this day and is best avoided if possible.

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