Sha Tin District is located in the north of Kowloon, south to the Tai Po District, mainly including Tai Wai, Sha Tin, Fotan, Ma Liu Shui and so on. It features in its beautiful and amazing sights: pretty mountain trails, walled villages of antique flavor, and the second of Hong Kong' horse-racing tracks etc. These tourist attractions around the District are all very easily accessed. You can just reach your destinations by taking the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) line, getting off at Sha Tin station. There are also many fantastic and pleasant things for you to have a try, such as having a taste of the famous Sha Tin pigeon, enjoying yourself in the Snoopy's World, visiting to the Culture Museum etc.
Among the many new districts, Sha Tin is the first District in Hong Kong developed in the early years. It was once called “Land of Brambles” for the reason that there sprung up many wild brambles. In the past, villages in Sha Tin were built along the City Gate River, whose water was very clean and pure. As a result, it derived another name “Lek Yuen”.
With a large number of skyscrapers and complex, Sha Tin is now a modern urban city. Special buildings in old Chinese tradition can also be found in this modern city. But you can also find. The population of Sha Tin is approximately 700,000, in a trend of increase. The vast shopping malls, entertainment centers, parks and even restaurants and snack bars all provides you a colorful insight into people’s daily life. With its periodical display of lights, water sprays and other special effects, the central fountain is a fascinating sight for you to enjoy. Walking northwards of the station in the New Town Plaza, you will get to the major attraction of the region—the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Tze).
It is said that the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery was built in 1950, including three huge statues of Lord Buddha and some 12,800 smaller statuettes. Walking through the beautiful gardens, you can get to the monastery by taking the escalator or climbing for some 400 steps. In the main monastery, you will be amazed to find that each of the statues shows you the Lord Buddha in different pose. Around the monastery are several smaller temples. Here you can see the gilded and preserved body of the founding monk Yuet Kai, who died in 1965. From the temple terraces and the adjacent pagoda, you can have outstanding views over Sha Tin. The sight of Amah Rock across the Sha Tin Valley is worth picking out. The legend goes that there is a young wife and her baby turned to stone by the gods.
The other main attractions go to the Tsang Tai Uk (literally 'Tsang's Big House') Sha Tin Racecourse, and the Taoist Che Kung Temple. The first one is an old well-preserved 19th-century fortified village, which was built by the Tsang clan, most of whose descendants live here till this day. Traditional villages can be found across Guangdong (Canton) province. The famous TsangTai Uk is consists of four rows and two side columns of houses built around a central courtyard, with watch towers standing guard at its four corners. The Taoist Che Kung Temple was built in honor of a Song Dynasty (960-1279) general. He was successful in suppressing a revolt in southern China and was later deified. With a capacity of 85,000, Sha Tin Racecourse is regarded as one of the world's most modern and sophisticated racetracks. Just travel several stations, to the Racecourse Station, can you will get to this destination.
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