Sheung Shui

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Sheung Shui
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Aerial view of Sheung Shui
Literal meaningAbove the Water
Public estates in Sheung Shui
The busy San Hong Street in Shek Wu Hui
Ng Tung River, looking towards Sheung Shui
Siu Hang Tsuen, a village in Sheung Shui
Landmark North

Sheung Shui (Chinese: 上水; Jyutping: soeng5 seoi2) is an area in the New Territories, Hong Kong. Sheung Shui Town, a part of this area, is part of the Fanling-Sheung Shui New Town in the North District of Hong Kong. Fanling Town is to its southeast.


Shek Wu Hui (石湖墟) used to be the marketplace of the Sheung Shui area, before the development of Sheung Shui Town. Bounded by Lung Sum Avenue (龍琛路), San Fung Avenue and Jockey Club Road, it was the main market in the Sheung Shui area from the 1930s onwards.[1] Today some private residences can be found towering over the old flats in the hui (market). The majority of the buildings still standing were repaired in the 1950s.

Sheung Shui Wai (上水圍), originally lived in by the Liu () clan,[2] is a walled village. The ancestral hall Liu Man Shek Tong (廖萬石堂) in the village is one of the declared monuments of Hong Kong.

The Fung Kai No. 1 Secondary School [zh], located near Sheung Shui Wai and originally established by the Liu clan, is the largest secondary school in Hong Kong, in terms of area covered. More than one turfed football pitch can be found inside the school campus. Because of its green and ample campus, the school used to serve as a scene for local educational television programs.

Housing estates in Sheung Shui Town[edit]

Public estates[edit]

Ching Ho Estate

Home Ownership Scheme Courts[edit]

The busy San Hong Street in Shek Wu Hui
  • Yuk Po Court (旭埔苑)
  • Choi Po Court (彩蒲苑)
  • On Shing Court (安盛苑)
  • Sunningdale Garden (順欣花園)
  • Tsui Lai Garden (翠麗花園)

Private estates[edit]

  • Lung Fung Garden (龍豐花園)
  • Metropolis Plaza (新都廣場)
  • Sheung Shui Centre (上水中心)
  • Sheung Shui Town Centre (上水名都)
  • Woodland Crest (奕翠園)
  • Venice Garden (威尼斯花園)
  • Noble Hill (皇府山)
  • Royal Green (御皇庭)
  • Royal Jubilee (海禧華庭)
  • On Kwok Villa (安國新村)
  • Pearl Vista (明珠華軒)
  • Glorious Peak (顯峰)

Villages in the Sheung Shui area[edit]

  • Hakka Wai (客家圍)
    • Tsung Pak Long Tsuen (松柏塱村)
    • Tai Tau Leng (大頭嶺)
  • Sheung Shui Wai (上水圍)
    • Wai Loi Tsuen (圍內村)
    • Man Kok Tsuen (文閣村)
    • Ha Pak Tsuen (下北村)
    • Sheung Pak Tsuen (上北村)
    • Chung Sam Tsuen (中心村)
    • Tai Yuen Tsuen (大元村)
    • Hing Yan Tsuen (興仁村)
    • Po Sheung Tsuen (莆上村)
    • Mun Hau Tsuen (門口村)
  • Fu Tei Au Tsuen (虎地拗村)
  • Hung Kiu San Tsuen (紅橋新村)
  • Wa Shan Tsuen (華山村)
  • Tin Ping Shan Tsuen (天平山村)
  • Wu Nga Lok Yeung (烏鴉落陽)
  • Shek Wu San Tsuen (石湖新村)
  • Ling Shan Tsuen (靈山村)
  • Ng Uk Village (吳屋村)
  • Siu Hang Tsuen (小坑村)
  • Siu Hang San Tsuen (小坑新村)
  • 新界五大氏族The Great Five Clans in New Territories-侯氏(HAU)
    • Ho Sheung Heung (河上鄉)
    • Yin Kong Tsuen (燕崗村)
    • Kam Tsin Tsuen (金錢村)
    • Ping Kong (丙崗)

Shopping centres in Sheung Shui Town[edit]

  • Lung Fung Garden (龍豐花園)
  • Metropolis Plaza (新都廣場)
  • Sheung Shui Centre (上水中心)
  • Sheung Shui Town Centre (上水名都)
  • Landmark North (上水廣場)

Community facilities in Sheung Shui Town[edit]

North District Park
Shek Wu Hui Municipal Services Building
  • Lung Sum Avenue Sports Centre (龍琛路體育館)
  • North District Park (北區公園)
  • North District Sportsground (北區運動場)
  • North District Town Hall (北區大會堂)
  • Shek Wu Hui Municipal Services Building (石湖墟市政大廈)
  • Shek Wu Hui Playground (石湖墟公園)
  • Sheung Shui Public Library (上水公共圖書館)
  • Sheung Shui Swimming Pool (上水游泳池)
  • Tin Ping Sports Centre (天平體育館)

Public services in Sheung Shui Town[edit]

  • North District Hospital (北區醫院)
  • Shek Wu Hui Jockey Club Clinic (石湖墟賽馬會診所)
  • Shek Wu Hui Post Office (石湖墟郵政局)
  • Sheung Shui Fire Station (上水消防局)
  • Sheung Shui Library

Schools in Sheung Shui Town[edit]


Sheung Shui Town and the rest of the Sheung Shui area is served by the Sheung Shui Station of the MTR East Rail Line in the Sheung Shui's town centre. This line takes them into Kowloon within 40 minutes, and then onto surrounding areas through connections with other MTR lines.[3]

Many KMB routes and minibus routes serve Sheung Shui. Residents can take buses to other parts of North District, western New Territories (including Yuen Long Town, Tuen Mun new Town and Tsuen Wan new Town), Tai Po newTown, Sha Tin new Town, most parts of Kowloon, parts of northern Hong Kong Island and the Hong Kong International Airport. The KMB bus terminus and the green minibus terminus are located by Landmark North in Sheung Shui Town. Also, a non-schedule red minibus terminus is located at San Hong Street in Sheung Shui Town.

Taxi ranks are located around the town, including outside the MTR station, Landmark North shopping centre and on side roads branching off of San Fung Avenue. Ma Sik Road is a road connecting Sheung Shui and Fanling in Hong Kong. It is an U-shaped road.

North District Sportsground
Junction between Sheung Shui Centre and North District Town Hall

Cross-border activities[edit]

Parallel Traders outside Mannings in Landmark North

Due to their proximity to the Shenzhen border, towns in the northern parts of Hong Kong, notably Sheung Shui and Yuen Long, have become hubs for parallel traders who have been buying up large quantities of goods, forcing up local prices and disrupting the daily lives local citizens.[4][5] Since 2012, there has been a vertiginous increase in mainland parallel traders arriving in the North District of Hong Kong to re-export infant formula and household products – goods popular with mainlanders – across the border to Shenzhen.[6] Trafficking caused chronic local shortages of milk powder in Hong Kong, forcing the government to impose restrictions on the amount of milk powder exports from Hong Kong.[7]

The first anti-parallel trading protest was started at Sheung Shui in September 2012.[8] As government efforts to limit the adverse impact of mainland trafficking were widely seen as inadequate, so there have been further subsequent protests in towns in the North District including Sheung Shui.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ North District: Beating the Drum Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ A Chinese Lineage Village: Sheung-Shui. Stanford University Press. pp. 26–. ISBN 978-0-8047-0670-4.
  3. ^ Mass Transit Railway Hong Kong
  4. ^ "近百名人到上水示威不滿內地水貨客". 15 September 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  5. ^ Ma, Mary (10 February 2015). "Parallel lines of concern need fixing". The Standard
  6. ^ Jennifer, Ngo "Milk powder supplies still not meeting needs". South China Morning Post. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014
  7. ^ "Import and Export (General)(Amendment) Regulation 2013 ( with effect from 1 March 2013 ) – Quantity of Powdered Formula for Persons Departing from Hong Kong". "Customs and Excise Department-- The Government of Hong Kong Special Administration Region". 13 March 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2014
  8. ^ Luk, Eddie (21 September 2012). "Seeing red (white and blue)" Archived 2015-03-11 at The Standard
  9. ^ Wong, Hilary; Cheng, Kevin (9 March 2015). "Targeting mainlanders ... young and old" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine. The Standard
  10. ^ "Hong Kong Protests Against Day Trippers as China Eyes Action". Bloomberg L.P.

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Coordinates: 22°30′37″N 114°07′35″E / 22.5102°N 114.1265°E / 22.5102; 114.1265