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Sha Tin also has still many villages, including Pai Tau, that are very close to the MTR and the city centre.


Sai Lam Temple / 西林寺 (Xilin temple) was built in 1923.

Old lady in Monastery
Old lady in Monastery
This monastery is close to Siu Tin Toa home for the aged. This old lady is helping to do Joss paper. Traditional joss is cut into individual squares or rectangles. Each square of paper has either a thin piece of square foil glued to its center or it may be endorsed with a red ink seal from a traditional Chinese seal.

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Sha Tin religious hill
Sha Tin religious hill
From the Siu Tin Toa home for the aged, it is possible to see the Po Fook Ancestral Workshop Hall on the left then the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery on the right then the Sha Tin Dau Fong San, which is a sacred place of Christanity in the background. A huge Cross erected high above the hill top is visible.
Sai Lam Temple
Sai Lam Temple
Sai Lam temple was known as one of the Four Scenic Spots of Sha Tin in the 1950s and 1960s. The other scenic spots were the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Che Kung Temple and Tsang Tai Uk.

Sai Lam Temple was a famous temple in Sha Tin with ten monks living there. There was a vegetarian restaurant there.

Temple entrance gate
Temple entrance gate
Sai Lam Temple was a lively place. Many Hong Kong Kung Fu movies were shot there. Some landslides damaged the temple and the area.

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Since decade 1980s Sai Lam temple deteriorated day by day. Sai Lam temple had fallen into disrepair.

Old doorway
Old doorway
In 2006, a man invested heavily in repairing the temple. The reconstruction project was completed in 2009, and it was converted into a columbarium, which is very different from the old temple.

Almost all of the original old buildings were demolished, except for the gate tower built in the 1930s and the Taoist Sam Yuen Temple.

Sai Lam Temple
Sai Lam Temple
The gate tower, an unrated historical building, was destroyed in year 2016 as it was found to be built on government land.

Sai Lam Temple was set up by Buddhist monk Woon Ching.

Sai Lam Temple
Sai Lam Temple
In 2017, the temple faced the Private Columbarium Ordinance describing land lease and city planning. The planned use of the temple location was "village-style development" and not allowed to be used as a columbarium.

The above pictures of Sai Lam temple were taken in year 2006.



Sheung Wo Che
Sheung Wo Che
Sheung Wo Che and Ha Wo Che are villages mainly occupying the lower hill. Old houses can still be found.
Sheung Wo Che
Sheung Wo Che
New and beautiful modern village houses are built in Sheung Wo Che village.
Lung Wah Hotel
Lung Wah Hotel
Lung Wah Hotel was found in 1951. It was the first hotel opened in Shatin during the postwar period. The hotel has to close in 1985 due to the government's city development in Shatin.

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Lung Wah Hotel's pigeon dishes is the best and famous among all. A local saying emphasizes "you did not visit Hong Kong if you have not tried the Lung Wah pigeons."

Ha Wo Che
Ha Wo Che
In year 2001, the Environmental Protection Department provide sewerage to eight villages in Sha Tin (including Sheung Wo Che and Ha Wo Che) and Tai Po as part of the government effort to improve the water quality of Tolo Harbour.

In year 2008 thirty residents were evacuated and three people injured after a fire broke out in a hut in Ha Wo Che.

Ha Wo Che
Ha Wo Che
Villages located in New Territories always include colorful red Chinese temple or shrine.
Ha Wo Che
Ha Wo Che
Such villages are at risk in case of landslides triggered by rainfall during high severe storms.
Ha Wo Che
Ha Wo Che
Shrines are in various states of repair or dilapidation according to the devotion and resources of the villagers and shrines may sometimes be completely rebuilt.
Ha Wo Che
Ha Wo Che
On the top of Ha Wo Che village, a few private monasteries and temples can be found.


Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
At the end of the New Year Holiday, lanterns are dressed and hung in the Ancestral Hall. Any local family, whom son has been born during the past year, brings a lantern to the Ancestral Hall.

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Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
The old Pai Tau Village is situated right next to the MTR Sha Tin Station.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
In front of Pai Tau Village (Pai tau Tsuen), a stall selling local snacks can be found every evening.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Some old houses have been transformed in small eateries offering basic Cantonese food and pizza for staff working in surrounding governmental buildings.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
During years 2010 and 2011, Pai Tau villagers complaint that the government didn't enquire their opinion to build a bridge across the village to Grand Central Plaza. It may pull down some trees which impact the "Feng Shui" of their village.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
New nominations happen following Village Representatives elections in Shatin.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Huge colorful banners near the Sha Tin Rural Committee announce the new representatives in June 2011.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
The maximum expenditure allowed for a by-election campaign was 48000 HKD. If candidates spend more, it may be considered as used to corrupt people, so they might be invited to drink coffee at ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption).
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
These huge colorful banners to announce new representatives nomination are really typical in New Territories region. They can also be seen in Chinese Traditional festivals such as Yu Lan (Hungry Ghost festival).
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau, traditional village, is going through strong modernism with old Chinese houses replaced by new houses.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village, small traditional village, is now included in Shatin New Town. It still features a few old houses.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Despite modern changes in Pai Tau village, it still features traditional shrines to protect the inhabitants.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
In Pai Tau village, some traditional 3-storey houses are completely transformed to become modern hairdresser shop.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Whenever going to Shatin post office, it is always enjoyable to walk through the traditional Pai Tau village and its old houses.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall is near Shatin post office, Hongkong and behind Pai Tau village.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Small deity altar protecting the village in Pai Tau traditional village, New Territories, Shatin.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Scene of ordinary life in Pai Tau traditional village, Shatin, New Territories.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
This small deity altar is protecting Pai Tau traditional village. It is located under a big tree. The shop is selling miscellaneous items such incense sticks for people going to Po Fook Ancestral Worship Hall.

There are about 40 temples dotting the hills around Pai Tau village. Some are open to the public, but many are not.

Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village is changing a lot as many houses are built by replacing older houses.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
With Lung Kee shop, it is possible to rent a bike in Shatin and drop it in Tuen Mun / Yuen Long / TSW.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
The Lam Ancestral Hall buildings in Pai Tau village are also recognised as being of historic importance.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Small deity altar located at the village entrance and protecting the inhabitants in Pai Tau traditional village, Shatin, New Territories.
Pai Tau village
Pai Tau village
Like many other villages, Pai Tau village may end up with the ancestral hall as being the only old building left.


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