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Sha Tau Kok (traditional Chinese: 沙頭角) is a town in the northeastern corner of Hong Kong. Shatoujiao (simplified Chinese: 沙头角), is another town with the same Chinese name but romanized using pinyin, and is located across the Shum Chun River-defined border in Guangdong Province, mainland China. Traditional Chinese characters are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Simplified Chinese characters (Simplified Chinese: 简体字; Traditional Chinese: 簡體字; pinyin: jiǎntǐzì; also called 简化字/簡化字, jiǎnhuàzì) are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Pinyin (拼音, pÄ«nyÄ«n) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to HànyÇ” PÄ«nyÄ«n (汉语拼音, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of romanization (phonemic notation and transcription to Roman script) for Standard Mandarin. ... Sham Chun River (also Shenzhen River, Shenzhen He) (Chinese: 深圳河; Cantonese IPA: ; Jyutping: sam1 zan3 ho4; Hanyu Pinyin: ShÄ“nzhèn Hé), together with the Sha Tau Kok River, serves as the natural border between Hong Kong and mainland China. ... Guangdong (Simplified Chinese: 广东; Traditional Chinese: 廣東; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Kuang-tung; Postal System Pinyin: Kwangtung or Canton Province, Jyutping: gwong2 dung1), is a province on the south coast of the Peoples Republic of China. ... In this map of China, the light-coloured areas represent Mainland China, while yellow coloured area refers to Taiwan. ...

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Hong Kong side

There was the terminus of Sha Tau Kok Railway, which was no longer run on April 1, 1928 and replaced by Sha Tau Kok Road. Sha Tau Kok Railway was built from the original narrow gauge of the KCR British Section, which was replaced by standard gauge. Since that time, the area in which the terminus occupied is still called the "train station" or fo cha teu in the local dialects (火車頭 huochetou). Currently, the Shatoukok both double decker and minibus services run from this area. There are a few shops nearby, and the government public housing project. Sha Tau Kok Railway was a narrow gauge railway running from Fanling to Sha Tau Kok in the northern New Territories area of Hong Kong. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 1928 was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Narrow-gauge railways are railroads (railways) with track spaced at less than the standard gauge of 4 ft 8 in (1. ... The KCR logo The Kowloon-Canton Railway, frequently abbreviated as the KCR, is the railway network providing intercity, suburban rapid transit and light rail passenger services in Hong Kong. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... A double decker is a bus, airplane, train, tram, ferry, or any public transit vehicle that has two levels for passengers, one deck above the other. ... A minibus is a motor vehicle that is designed to less persons than a bus. ...


Today, the SAR-controlled Sha Tau Kok is a quiet rural town, part of North District. It has a post office, a bank, a few shops and a small population. Most of the residents are from Hakka farming or Hoklo fishing backgrounds, although farming and fishing are no longer the main way of life, and most young people are well-educated and working in the urban areas. The SAR portion of Sha Tau Kok is within the boundary restricted zone of the SAR. A Special Administrative Region (SAR) (Simplified Chinese: 特别行政区; Traditional Chinese: 特別行政區; pinyin: tèbié xíngzhèngqÅ«; Cantonese IPA: /tɐk6piːt6 hɐŋ4tsɪŋ3kʰɵy1/; Jyutping: dak6bit6 hang4zing3keoi1; Yale: dahkbiht hàhngjingkeÅ«i) is a political subdivision of the Peoples Republic of China. ... North District (北區) is the northernmost district of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. ... Hakka (Chinese: 客家; pinyin: kèjiā, literal meaning guest families) are a Han Chinese people whose ancestors are said to originate from around Henan and Shanxi in northern China over 2700 years ago. ... Hoklo (pronounced Holo; Chinese ; Mandarin pronunciation--pinyin: Fulao) can refer to an ethnic-cultural group originating in Fujian province, China. ...


Mainland China side

The mainland Shatoujiao is a bustling metropolis in comparison to Sha Tau Kok in the Hong Kong SAR, due to its location in the Yantian Qu (district) of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. The cosmopolitan population is mainly composed of migrant workers from all parts of China along with a handful of Russians. Shatoujiao is a port with cargo coming into and exiting Yantian. It has a road connecting downtown Shenzhen, with the regular bus services to Shenzhen's main train terminus, thus a connection to Guangzhou also. Moreover, it is situated near a newly constructed motorway or highway which links to Meixian and Chaozhou and the Shenzhen railway is also part of the transport links between Hong Kong and Beijing. In this map of China, the light-coloured areas represent Mainland China, while yellow coloured area refers to Taiwan. ... Evening skyline of Shenzhen. ... A Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is a geographical region that has economic laws different from a countrys typical economic laws. ... Location within China Guangzhou (Simplified Chinese: 广州; Traditional Chinese: 廣州; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Kuang-chou; Jyutping: Gwong2zau1; Yale: GwóngjaÅ«) is the capital of the Guangdong Province in southern China. ... Meixian (梅縣; Hakka: Moi-yen or Moi-yan) is a county in north eastern Guangdong province, Peoples Republic of China. ... Chaozhou (Chinese: 潮州 lit. ...   Beijing? (Chinese: 北京; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Pei-ching; Postal System Pinyin: Peking) is the capital city of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ...


The town's attractions include Minsk World and an aircraft carrier moored in the bay. USS Elliot (DD-967) conducting surveillance operations against the Soviet aircraft carrier Minsk Minsk was an aircraft carrier that served the Soviet Navy from 1978 to 1994. ...


Border

Sha Tau Kok is one of the three road connections between Hong Kong and mainland China. The other two being Man Kam To and Lok Ma Chau. In this map of China, the light-coloured areas represent Mainland China, while yellow coloured area refers to Taiwan. ...


Chung Ying Street (中英街 ZhongYing Jie) is special for being on the border, each side of the street belonged to two different countries in the past. But it can be perceived as a popular place for goods trafficking without getting through custom checks. There are a lot of goods leaving Hong Kong via Sha Tau Kok which goes into Chung Ying Street and eventually end up inside China. Likewise, foodstuffs come through from China into Hong Kong all day through, only limited by the closure of the Chinese custom post.


An influx of mainland workers flow into Chung Ying Street from 7am when the custom post is opened. Residents from the Chung Ying Street area are free to pass in and out of the Chinese border post, because they have residency passes. Other non-residents must be issued with permits to enter from the Chinese authorities. Tourists are also found visiting Chung Ying Street to buy Western products from Hong Kong first hand, and prices may be higher than within China, but equivalent products found within China are suspected by mainland residents as not being wholly genuine.


It is now possible to travel conveniently into mainland Shatoujiao via the Shataukok border crossing. Coaches run a regular schedule from Luen Wo Market (聯和墟) (a small town near Fanling, in the New Territories) bus station, situated near the recently opened Luen Wo Market and Library complex, and from Fanling train station also. Tickets currently (2005) cost HK$20 for each passenger. The coaches also provide space for luggage. Travellers are taken through the Shek Chung O border check point without permit search, as they are directly driven through to the Shataukok Immigration checkpoint. Fanling is an area of Hong Kong. ... The New Territories (Chinese: æ–°ç•Œ, Pinyin: XÄ«njiè) is the area of land in Hong Kong, north of the Kowloon peninsula, south of Shenzhen He / Shum Chun River (深圳河) and Hong Kongs outlying islands (including Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Cheung Chau, and Peng Chau), leased from Qing China to Britain in... Fanling is a station on Hong Kongs KCR East Rail. ...


Here, passengers alight, go through customs, and have their documents processed, before reboarding the coach to be driven to the Shatoujiao KouYan (the mainland border immigration checkpoint). They alight and take all their belongings through the mainland Chinese customs and have their documents processed. Travellers from outside China are advised to obtain entry visas from the appropriate authorities or via a travel agent before attempting the entry. Hong Kong residents should hold Home Visit Permits (回鄉證) (HuiXiang Zheng) for entry into China.


It has been announced (27th January 2005) that street maps for tourists have now been put up around Shatoujiao, which will help travellers get around.


See also

The following is a list of buildings, sites and areas in Hong Kong: List of the 18 districts of Hong Kong, with a partial list of their sub-areas and streets Hong Kong Island Central and Western Central Admiralty Kennedy Town Mid-levels Sai Ying Pun Shek Tong Tsui Sheung... The following is a list of villages in Hong Kong. ... Kuk Po (hanzi: 谷埔, pinyin : gÅ­ bù) is situated in the north eastern New Territories of Hong Kong, to the south of the Shataukok Hoi or Stirling Inlet, opposite the town of Shataukok. ...

External links

  • A report of Sha Tau Kok on Sing Pao newspaper
  • Details of Sha Tau Kok from HK-place.com
  • Details of the rural area of Sha Tau Kok from HK-place.com

  Results from FactBites:
 
Sha Tau Kok - definition of Sha Tau Kok in Encyclopedia (616 words)
Sha Tau Kok (traditional Chinese: 沙頭角;) is a town in the northeastern corner of Hong Kong.
Sha Tau Kok is one of the three road connections between Hong Kong and mainland China.
Sha Tau Kok Railway was built from the original narrow gauge of the KCR British Section, which was replaced by standard gauge.
Encyclopedia: Sha Tau Kok (1631 words)
Sha Tau Kok (traditional Chinese: 沙頭角) is a town in the northeastern corner of Hong Kong.
Today, the SAR-controlled Sha Tau Kok is a quiet rural town, part of North District.
The mainland Shatoujiao is a bustling metropolis in comparison to Sha Tau Kok in the Hong Kong SAR, due to its location in the Yantian Qu (district) of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.
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