In 1982, the Government launched a new town project for the area. There were proposals for a massive housing scheme, where the population of the village, then estimated at 6,000, was set to increase dramatically to 50,000 people. There would be an additional 26,000 in public housing, Home Ownership Scheme flats, Government offices and other amenities constructed on 47 hectares of land.
Starting in the 1990s, more and more private housing estates were built in the area for its spectacular view of Tsing Ma Bridge over Ma Wan Channel. It is linked to many other parts of Hong Kong by buses and mini-buses.
Villages and housing estates
Sham Tseng's villages are overshadowed and towered by new private housing estates:
Private Housing Estates
- Rhine Terrace
- Rhine Garden
- Pink Villa
- Golden Villa
- Ocean Pointe
- Lido Garden
- Sea Crest Villa
- Sumly Chan is District Councillor for Tsuen Wan District, which includes Sham Tseng
- Albert Chan is a Legco member for the Geographical constituency of New Territories West, which includes Sham Tseng
There are virtually no schools in the Sham Tseng area and so most students (primary and secondary) are sent to schools in Tsuen Wan.
There are three schools in Sham Tseng:
- Emmanuel Primary School
- Sham Tseng Catholic Primary School - formerly Chai Wan Kok Catholic Primary School is relocated from Tsuen Wan for 2009-2010 school year
- Parkview-Rhine Garden Pre-school
Sham Tseng is home to baker Garden Company Limited and former home of San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong. The brewery operations began in the 1948 as Sham Tseng Brewery and became San Miguel in 1969. The brewery operations and head office moved in 1996. Bellagio now occupies the site of the old brewery.
Union Carbide once had a storage depot in the area, but it has since moved.
Small family restaurants make the bulk of the employment in the area. Most area residents work outside of Sham Tseng.
Numerous beaches are found at or near Sham Tseng from the waterways joining Ma Wan Channel and Rambler Channel, but most are so polluted and officially closed from swimming due to contamination from sewers and the Sham Tseng Nullah.
A list of beaches in Sham Tseng:
- Hoi Mei Wan
- Ting Kau
Residents are more incline to swim in pools located at their residential complexes.
There are two retail malls located below residential flats to meet local needs:
- Sham Tseng Treatment Works
- Sham Tseng Sewage Treatment Works
- Sham Tseng Substation - China Light and Power
- Sham Tseng Fire and Ambulance Depots - Hong Kong Fire Services
- Airport Core Programme Exhibition Centre - Hong Kong International Airport
- Ma Wan Marine Traffic Control Centre - Transport Department
Sham Tseng is famous for roasted goose and they can be found at various restaurants in the area:
- Leung Kee Roast Duck Restaurant
- Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose
- Sham Tseng Yue Kee Roast Goose Restaurant
- Foo Kee Roast Goose and Duck Restaurant
- KMB and Citybus (Hong Kong) operates bus routes that stop in Sham Tseng:
- KMB 234C
- KMB 234A / 234B / 53
- Citybus 962B
- Taxis (red taxis serving Kowloon and Hong Kong Island and green taxis serving the New Territories)
- Sham Tseng Link - a proposed bridge and highway linking Sham Tseng and Lantau Island; with connections with Route 3
- Sham Tseng Ferry Pier (深井碼頭) - former ferry service to Ma Wan Town
Major roads in Sham Tseng include:
Local roads include:
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