Shing Mun River, or Shing Mun River Channel, is a river in Sha Tin, Hong Kong.
The original Shing Mun River began at Needle Hill, and flowed into the former Tide Cove (Sha Tin Hoi), a shallow bay. In the 1970s, Tide Cove was drained and turned to Sha Tin New Town. The river was extended through a 7 km long, 200 m wide artificial channel in the middle of the area to flow into Tolo Harbour. Other rivers that had originally flowed into Tide Cove are now tributaries of Shing Mun River or one of its nullahs.
The Shing Mun River channel runs from the Tai Wai area, through the Sha Tin town centre to the Tolo Harbour. It has three main tributaries, namely Tai Wai Nullah, Fo Tan Nullah and Siu Lek Yuen Nullah. Along the Shing Mun River are high-rise residential, commercial and industrial buildings with numerous village type developments scattered around. Several bridges were built to connect the two sides of the Shing Mun River.
There are four major bridges across the Shing Mun River:
- Banyan Bridge on Fo Tan Road
- Dragon Bridge on Sha Tin Road
- Lion Bridge on Lion Rock Tunnel Road
- Sandmartin Bridge on Sha Tin Rural Committee Road
- Lek Yuen Bridge - a pedestrian bridge across the river channel
Although the river is primarily designed for the drainage of storm water from Sha Tin with a catchment area of 37 km², it is also a popular place for recreational users such as rowers, anglers, riverside walkers and cyclists.
Many species of trees has been planted along the riverside, such as the Chinese Banyan and a few cotton trees.Shing Mun River is a popular place for water sports, such as: rowing, canoeing, kayaking and dragon boat racing. There are two boathouses in the river, located at Yuen Wo Road and Shek Mun respectively. The river has a standard of 2000 metres long for regattas.