Sha Tin (Shatin)
Sha Tin, a fast growing new town in New Territories, is a recreational, shopping, gourmet and cultural center of Hong Kong. It is renowned for horseracing, intriguing shopping malls, delicious local delicacies and unique local culture.
Horseracing is a great allure of Hong Kong. Sha Tin has the second largest racecourse in Hong Kong. Possessed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Sha Tin Racecourse is located near the Fo Tan Railway Station. The racecourse is well equipped, and one of the best in the world. It has a seating capacity of over 85,000. The color-TV screen in the racecourse is the largest in the world, allowing the audience to have a clear view of the race from any seating position. In the racing season (from September to June), on every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, tens of thousands of punters congregate to watch the days events. For those tourists who are not interested in horseracing, fun can be found in the Penfold Park, which is situated in the middle of the racecourse. It is open to the public without charge when there is no horseracing. The park also provides a natural habitat for many birds.
Located on the third floor, on the podium of the New Town Plaza, Snoopy's World is a paradise for Snoopy fans. Covering an area of 40,000 sq meters (47,840 sq yards), it is the first Snoopy outdoor playground in Asia and only the second in the world. There are over 60 cartoon figures of Peanuts of different sizes, among which is the world's largest outdoor Snoopy figure. Visitors can get in close contact and take photos with the characters. Indulged in Snoopy's World, tourists will feel relaxed and joyful.
Other cultural facilities include Sha Tin Town Hall and Public Library. The two buildings are the center of cultural activities in the eastern area of New Territories. Various cultural activities such as ballet performances, concerts, painting and sculpture exhibitions are often held here.
A world-class racecourse, intriguing shopping malls, fabulous local delicacies, and brilliant recreational and cultural facilities make Shatin a charming place and a fascinating tourist resort.
1. Take East Rail Line to Sha Tin;
How to get to Sha Tin
2. Take bus 47x, 48p, 48x, 49p, 49x, 72, 80k, 80m, 81, 81k, 83k, 798, 798a, 798b, or n170 to Shatin Central.
More about Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin
The museum preserves both historical and art collections. The historical collection can be divided into five types – the local historical, natural historical, performance art, folk art and prevalence cultural (playthings and caricatures); and the art collection includes art of the present age, designs and Chinese art (Chinese paintings, calligraphy and cultural relics).
The museum through its various exhibitions and vivid explanations is an educational resource for visitors. It also provides activities designed for the general public, children, school groups and families.
1. Take Ma On Shan Line to Che Kung Temple and then walk northwest for 10 minutes to the museum;
How to get to Hong Kong Heritage Museum
2. Take East Rail Line to Sha Tin and walk southwest for 15 minutes to get there;
3. Take bus 72a, 80m, 86, 89, 240x, 282, 288, 288a, a41, n42, n271, or r42 to Heritage Museum.
|Opening Hours||Mon. & Wed. - Fri.: 10:00 -18:00; |
Weekends & Holidays: 10:00 - 19:00;
Christmas Eve & Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve: 10:00 - 17:00;
Closed on Tuesdays (Except Public Holiday) and the first two days of the Lunar New Year.