Fo Tan

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Fo Tan
HK Fo Tan Overview 200807.jpg
View of Fo Tan
Traditional Chinese 火炭
Simplified Chinese 火炭
Literal meaning fire beach
Sui Fai Factory Estate (穗輝工廠大廈) in Fo Tan.
The Palazzo and Fo Tan Railway House, next to Fo Tan Station.

Fo Tan (Chinese: 火炭) is an area of Sha Tin District, Hong Kong. It was developed as a light industrial area, but this activity has declined markedly in recent years. There are residential areas to the east, alongside the MTR line, and in the foothills to the west.

History[edit]

Fo Tan is located near a river, the Fo Tan Nullah. Beach was revealed when the water receded. It thus became known as "river beach" (Chinese: 河灘). In Hakka, this was pronounced "Fo Tan". It was later mistakenly called "Fire Beach" (Chinese: 火灘) due to similarities in pronunciation. This has further changed into "Fire Charcoal" (Chinese: 火炭) which is in current use, again due to similarities in pronunciation.

Location[edit]

To the south is Sha Tin New Town, with the small community of Wo Che in between. To the north is Kau To and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Nearby to the east is Sha Tin Racecourse while across the Shing Mun River is City One Shatin.

Artistic community[edit]

Since 2001, as most industrial businesses have closed and moved to mainland China, more than 70 units in the utilitarian industrial blocks have reopened as artists' studios, creating a vibrant if well hidden local arts scene. Every January, a festival, Fotanian - Open Studio Programme, sees many of the studios open to the public. Guided walks lead visitors to these normally private working studios, which encompass a wide range of media and styles.[1]

Housing[edit]

Cheng Ancestral Hall in Fo Tan Village.
Dai pai dong and industrial buildings in Fo Tan.

Public housing estates[edit]

Private housing estates[edit]

Private housing estates in Fo Tan include:

Villages[edit]

There are originally 24 Hakka villages in Fo Tan. Here are two of them.

Restaurants[edit]

Fo Tan was historically an industrial town. Although industrial buildings have been renovated for commercial use, most restaurants in Fo Tan appear in the form of family-run canteens and fast food take-away located inside these industrial buildings.

The most well-known dining choices can be found in the form of open-air food stalls (dai pai dong). Fo Tan produces one of the best Hong Kong-style chicken congee. Shatin Galleria is another place for light-lunch choices, where chain restaurants such as McDonald's, KFC, and Starbucks are located.

Within the comparatively newly built residential area, restaurants can also be found inside the small shopping centres in Royal Ascot, the Palazzo, and Jubilee Garden.

The nearby Chinese University of Hong Kong campus also hosts a variety of restaurants. Close to its main entrance in Tai Po Road, the Benjamin Frankfurt Centre provides fast food style food court maintained by Café de Coral, Chinese Style dumplings and noodles maintained by the Maxim's Group and a McCafe. A T.G.I. Friday can also be find in the lower campus in Chung Chi College.

Economy[edit]

Entrance of Fo Tan Station.
Shan Mei Street Public Transport Interchange, Fo Tan.

A.S. Watson Group has its head office in the Watson House (屈臣氏中心, J: wat1 san4 si6 zung1 sam1, P: Qūchénshì Zhōngxīn) in Fo Tan.[2][3]

Education[edit]

Transportation[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fotan art district grows in Hong Kong’s industrial area - Art Radar Asia
  2. ^ "Contact Us." A.S. Watson Group. Retrieved on 25 October 2012. "Watson House, 1-5 Wo Liu Hang Road, Fo Tan, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong"
  3. ^ "聯絡我們." A.S. Watson Group. Retrieved on 25 October 2012. "香港新界火炭禾寮坑路1-5 號屈臣氏中心"

Coordinates: 22°23′49″N 114°11′45″E / 22.39694°N 114.19593°E / 22.39694; 114.19593