An off-limit frontier area for over 60 years, Sha Tau Kok (沙頭角) village, which lies 11km northeast of Fanling, was sealed off from the rest of Hong Kong in 1951 following the communist takeover of China. While access to the border town itself is still restricted to local residents, the 400 hectares of land – and the patchwork of time-warped villages that it contains – to the west and southwest have been partially open since 2012.
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