About Sham Tseng
Sham Tseng (literally “deep well") – a small coastal community situated next to Castle Peak Road and opposites Ma Wan across the Bay, is located between Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan under the management of Tsuen Wan district. It was once a fishing village without any main roads linking to it back in the 1920s. Most of the population came from the Tsing Fai Tong village. Tsing Fai Tong village was located at the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail. The ancient trail was a main passage connecting residents of Yuen Long to the urban area. The whole footpath journey took 6 hours and hence Tsing Fai Tong village became one popular midway stop for the passersby.
After the completion of Castle Peak Road in 1919, connection between Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and the urban area became more convenient. Villagers of Tsing Fai Tong village then gradually relocated to settle near the Castle Peak Road. At the same time, the Ruttonjee family acquired a lot of lands in the area and established Hong Kong Brewery in 1933, marking the beginning of the industrial era of Sham Tseng. With more and more industries moving in, the area had attracted a large group of working-class labours of Chiu Chow origin. They also contributed to the development of the Sham Tseng Chiu Kiu Kai Fong Yu Laan Community. The famous Sham Tseng roast-goose is also a delicacy derived from the traditional Chiu Chow marinated goose.
Hong Kong gradually became a finance-led economy in the 1990s. Most of the manufacturers began to shift their production into lower-cost China. The San Miguel Brewery, Kowloon Textile Ltd. and the former staff quarter nearly left no trace as the original site were re-developed into private housing estate. Yet the smell of roast geese is still a perfect reason for local residents and also tourist from all over the world to pay a visit to Sham Tseng.